Angela Lansbury Biography
Angela Lansbury born Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury, DBE on 16 October 1925 in East London, is an English-American-Irish actress. She has appeared in theatre, television, and film, as well as a producer and singer.
Angela Lansbury Age
She was born on 16 October 1925. She is 93 years old as of 2018.
Angela Lansbury Family
Lansbury was born in London to Moyna Macgill an Irish actress and English politician Edgar Lansbury. She is from an upper-middle-class family in Regents Park, central London; her paternal grandfather was the British Labour Party leader George Lansbury. In 1940 she moved to the United States with her mother and two brothers,to escape the Blitz, and studied acting in New York City.
Angela Lansbury Husband
She eloped with actor Richard Cromwell , at the age of 19 and married soon after in 1945. The marriage however, ended in divorce within a year.
She later got married to actor Peter Shaw in 1949, and lived together for over five decades till his death in 2003. Together they had two children, Anthony and Deirdre, both of whom later became part of the anti-establishment movement and started using recreational drugs. Anthony later became a television director, while Deirdre opened a restaurant.
Angela Lansbury Children
She has two children; Anthony and Deirdre.
Angela Lansbury Career
Lansbury started her acting career as a nightclub act at the Samovar Club, Montreal in 1942, at the age of 16. She earned $60 a week singing Noël Coward songs.
Soon after she met John van Druten, one of the screenplay writers of the film version of ‘Gaslight’, at a party hosted by her mother. Druten recommended her for the role of Nancy Oliver, a conniving cockney maid, in the 1944 movie. With her debut film role she charmed the critics as well as the audience and earned an Academy Award nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actress’.
She signed a seven-year deal with MGM and hired an agent . She acted alongside Elizabeth Taylor in the commercially successful film ‘National Velvet’ in 1944, . She starred in the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novel ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’the next year. However the film did not do well commercially, but her performance earned her a Golden Globe award and her second Oscar nomination.
She has appeared in a number of MGM productions, including ‘The Harvey Girls’ (1946), ‘State of the Union’ (1948), and ‘The Three Musketeers’ (1948). She oftenly played roles of an evil characters, sometimes playing characters much older than her, which led her to end her contract with MGM and move back to stage productions.
In 1957, she debuted on Broadway , playing Marcel Cat in the play ‘Hotel Paradiso’. She praised for her role and went on to feature in another Broadway production in 1960, ‘A Taste of Honey’.
She was cast in the 1963 movie ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ following a couple of well-received roles in movies like ‘The Dark at the Top of the Stairs’ (1960) and ‘All Fall Down’ (1962). She won her third Academy Award nomination for her role of a scheming mother in the film.
She got her first starring role on stage as Mame Dennis in the musical ‘Mame’ in 1966. Her song and dance routines, caught the eyes of the critics and she received overwhelmingly positive reviews, winning her first ‘Tony Award’.
In the years that followed she continued to appear in films , but started to receive major roles in the 1970s, when she palayed a countess in ‘Something for Everyone’. She was cast as the witch Miss Eglantine Price in the partially animated Disney movie ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ in 1971. Seven years later in 1978 she played Salome Otterbourne in ‘Death on the Nile’ , a British mystery film based on Agatha Christie’s novel .
Angela Lansbury Murder She Wrote
She chose to appear in the detective television series ‘Murder, She Wrote’, in 1984, despite her agents advising otherwise. Her role as a protagonist, Jessica Fletcher, became one of her most remembered roles, which she would play for the next 12 years.
She continued to play Jessica Fletcher in a number of telefilms based on the same storyline even after the series ended in 1996. Later appeared in another TV series, ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ and played an important role in the 2005 movie ‘Nanny McPhee’.
Angela Lansbury’s major film roles include ‘Gaslight’, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, and ‘The Manchurian Candidate’. Her portrayal of the witch Miss Eglantine Price in ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ is one of her most popular roles.
After she started to appear on the television series ‘Murder, She Wrote’she became a household name . The series was so popular that she started to produce the show, which ran for 12 consecutive seasons.
Angela Lansbury Movies And Tv Shows
Angela Lansbury Net Worth
She has a net worth of $70 million.
Angela Lansbury Death
Angela is very much still alive up to date.
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Angela Lansbury Stars in New ‘Little Women’
Angela Lansbury, beloved as Broadway’s Mame and as a sleuth on TV’s Murder, She Wrote, remains warm, fun and sharp as a tack. To think she was only 17 when she made her first movie, Alfred Hitchcock’s Gaslight (she even got an Oscar nomination). Now the mother of two and grandmother to three delights as moneybags Aunt March in PBS’s Little Women reboot, premiering May 13 on Masterpiece, alongside Maya Hawke, daughter of actors Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. And after 18 Emmy nominations without a win, this could be the one that nabs her a trophy at 92 years old.
Rich busybody Aunt March is a forceful character in Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women, isn’t she?
Angela : She is crusty as all get out! And, you know, I don’t relish being that crusty as a rule. I wanted to show that there was something underneath, some humor and some warmth.
Out of period dress, you’re modern, stylish and your own kind of energetic. Any tips?
Angela : Well, thank you. I’ve always said I have my grandfather’s genes [British Labour Party leader George Lansbury]. And I’m careful with my diet. I eat a lot of yogurt, a lot of fruit in the morning. I don’t overdo. Christmas, Easter, too many chocolates? Yes. The rest of the time? No.
Are you still big on gardening?
Angela : I love my garden. I do a lot of the actual manual work on it. I take care of the pool. When we have a big gust of wind, I’m out there skimming the leaves off the pool. Obviously, I have a pool company who takes care of it every week. But there are times when somebody’s got to get out there and get that stuff off the pool!
Do you wish in some ways people didn’t know how old you were?
Angela: Well, I never think about it in that way. I don’t think they know that I am in my 90s. They just think, she must be of “a certain age” now, and they’d be right. I’ve never made any pretense of being younger than I am. I am what I am. It’s OK. I’ve made peace with myself. (Laughs)
What’s your social life like these days?
Angela: My children are a very important part of my life. My daughter, Deirdre — she’s called Angela as well — has a very successful restaurant, Enzo & Angela, with her husband Enzo [Battarra]. Best Italian food in L.A.! Delicious. I saw her this morning. She comes by my house a lot and so does my son, Anthony — we’re this close. I have fewer friends out on the West Coast than I did back East, where I spent the major portion of my professional life. Bea Arthur used to live out here, and we were very close friends. I miss her, I miss her being around. I have a few relatives, which is lovely — nieces and so on. We do lunch, as they say. (Laughs)
Any regrets in life?
Angela: Juggling work with family can be very difficult. There were days that were very hard: Wanting to take the things that are dear and warm and loving to you – my family – and then having to do my job. You’re a breadwinner, you’ve got to do the job. You can’t do it all, but you want to.
Yet you were lucky that your second husband, Peter Shaw (producer), stepson David, brother Bruce, and Anthony all had jobs on Murder She Wrote.
Angela: Oh, yeah, that was wonderful. Everybody was on board, everybody. Except for my daughter. She was in Europe for some time. And then she and her husband finally came back to America and she was also part of it!
The world is crazy for remakes and reboots. You’ll be seen in Mary Poppins Returns next year with Emily Blunt.
Angela: It’s a tiny part.
Is there any actress today you’d love to see in a new Murder, She Wrote, someone who maybe reminds you of when you did Gaslight?
Angela: No. In answer to your question, there is not. (Laughs.)
Q: Do you ever think about giving up acting?
Angela: I think the exciting thing about acting is I leave myself at home, and the person that arrives on the set is hopefully akin to the character that I’m going to play. And that gives me the chance to indulge myself in the thing I love doing most, which is acting. Acting as somebody else, not me, because I’m dull as dishwater.
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Angela Lansbury News
Harry Thomason Disputes Rumors Angela Lansbury Is Actress Referenced in Les Moonves Op-Ed
“For all of you who are asking if the great Angela Lansbury was the mystery actress mentioned by my wife, Linda Bloodworth in her THR op-ed about CBS’s Moonves- it was someone great but not Angela,” the producer tweeted Friday night.
After Linda Bloodworth Thomason made mention of an anonymous actress being assaulted by ousted CBS Corp. chief Les Moonves in her op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter, her husband is disputing rumors of the actress’ identity.
“For all of you who are asking if the great Angela Lansbury was the mystery actress mentioned by my wife, Linda Bloodworth in her THR op-ed about CBS’s Moonves- it was someone great but not Angela,” producer Harry Thomason tweeted Friday night.
Without identifying her by name, Bloodworth Thomason wrote that an actress informed her of a time when the CBS mogul invited her to the network’s dining room. After her unidentified detective show was cancelled, the actress pitched a new series, only for Moonves to allegedly tell her that she was “too old to be on his network.”
“She began to cry and stood up to go. He stood up too, taking her by the shoulders and telling her, ‘I can’t let you leave like this.’ She reacted, suddenly touched. Then he shoved his tongue down her throat. I know this happened because the star is the person who told me,” Bloodworth Thomason wrote.
The description provided by Bloodworth Thomason caused the internet to speculate that the anonymous actress could be Lansbury, the lead of CBS’ hit series Murder, She Wrote.
In her piece, Bloodworth Thomason wrote that, although she was never sexually harassed or assaulted by Moonves, her “encounters were much more subtle, engendering a different kind of destruction.” She detailed how the disgraced mogul kept her shows off the air for seven years: “People asked me for years, ‘What happened to you?’ Les Moonves happened to me.”
After a second New Yorker exposé by Ronan Farrow detailed six more allegations of misconduct against Moonves last week, CBS said that it was parting ways with the disgraced mogul, appointing COO Joseph Ianniello as acting CEO.
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