Happy 91st Birthday Angela Lansbury

Today is the 91st birthday of the actress Angela Lansbury. There are so many films that you should watch of hers, but just watch an episode of Murder She Wrote. Watching it is like visiting home. Sure, there will be a murder, but it’s ok, it happens all the time. The world is a better place because Angela Lansbury is in it.

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NAME: Angela Lansbury
OCCUPATION: Actress
BIRTH DATE: October 16, 1925
PLACE OF BIRTH: Poplar, London, England
COMMANDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE honorary
HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME 6623-1/2 Hollywood Blvd. (motion pictures)
HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME 6259 Hollywood Blvd. (television)
GRAND MARSHAL OF THE TOURNAMENT OF ROSES 1993
KENNEDY CENTER HONOR 2000
NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS 1997
TONY 1966 for Mame (lead actress, musical)
TONY 1969 for Dear World (lead actress, musical)
TONY 1975 for Gypsy (lead actress, musical)
TONY 1979 for Sweeney Todd (lead actress, musical)
TONY 2009 for Blithe Spirit (featured actress, play)
EDGAR ALLAN POE AWARD Raven Award (1988)

BEST KNOWN FOR: Actress Angela Lansbury has entertained audiences in a variety of ways, including her 12-year stint as Jessica Fletcher on the 1984 series Murder, She Wrote.

Actress Angela Lansbury was born on October 16, 1925, in London, England. She went on to become an accomplished film, theater and television actress who has received nearly every acting honor imaginable. She has been nominated for multiple Academy Awards and Emmys and won several Tony Awards and Golden Globes.

Not long after arriving in the United States in 1940, Lansbury scored an important film role. She appeared in 1944’s Gaslight opposite Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. Playing the house maid Nancy, Lansbury held her own against such established stars and earned an Academy Award nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role. She was nominated again the next year for playing Sibyl Vane in The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Lansbury continued making films, including The Manchurian Candidate (1963), which brought her a third Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. A versatile performer, she appeared in the movie musical Bedknobs and Broomsticks in 1971 and on stage in the musical productions Mame (1966), Dear World (1969), Gypsy (1974) and Sweeney Todd (1979). Lansbury won Best Actress in a Musical for all four of these productions.

In the 1980s, Lansbury found success on the small screen. Beginning in 1984, she played the role of Jessica Fletcher in the popular TV mystery series Murder, She Wrote. As the diplomatic, kind and clever Mrs. Fletcher, she earned Emmy Award nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category every year from 1985 to 1996.

After the show ended, Lansbury has appeared in television movies including some Murder, She Wrote specials and in feature films, such as Nanny McPhee (2005). She has also made TV guest appearances. The most notable one was on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2005, which earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. During her career, she has voiced several animated characters as well for such films as Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Anastasia (1997).

In 2007, she returned to Broadway, performing in the show Deuce. Lansbury played a former tennis pro who reunites with her doubles partner for an honors ceremony at the U.S. Open. In 2009, she appeared again on stage for Blithe Spirit, a play about a man who is haunted by the ghost of his ex-wife. The performance earned Lansbury a Tony award for Best Supporting Actress in 2009. This tied Lansbury with performer Julie Harris for a record five Tony Award wins, with only Audra McDonald having surpassed this number as of 2014.

Lansbury has thankfully continued her stage work, playing Madame Armfeldt in the 2009 revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and in 2012 taking on a lead role in the Gore Vidal satire The Best Man.

TELEVISION
Murder, She Wrote Jessica Fletcher (1984-96)

FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (20-Jan-2012) · Herself
Mr. Popper’s Penguins (16-Jun-2011) · Mrs. Van Gundy
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story (24-Apr-2009) · Herself
Nanny McPhee (21-Oct-2005)
The Blackwater Lightship (4-Feb-2004)
Broadway: The Golden Age (Apr-2003) · Herself
Fantasia 2000 (17-Dec-1999) · Herself
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (20-May-1999)
Anastasia (21-Nov-1997) · Dowager Empress Marie [VOICE]
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (11-Nov-1997) [VOICE]
Mrs. Santa Claus (8-Dec-1996)
Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris (27-Dec-1992)
Beauty and the Beast (13-Nov-1991) [VOICE]
The Shell Seekers (3-Dec-1989)
The Company of Wolves (15-Sep-1984)
Lace (26-Feb-1984)
The Pirates of Penzance (18-Feb-1983)
The Last Unicorn (19-Nov-1982) [VOICE]
Little Gloria: Happy at Last (24-Oct-1982)
Sweeney Todd (12-Sep-1982) · Nellie Lovett
The Mirror Crack’d (19-Dec-1980)
The Lady Vanishes (1979)
Death on the Nile (30-Oct-1978) · Mrs. Salome Otterbourne
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (11-Nov-1971)
Something for Everyone (22-Jul-1970)
Mister Buddwing (15-Jul-1966) · Gloria
Harlow (23-Jun-1965)
The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (26-May-1965)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (15-Feb-1965) · Claudia
Dear Heart (2-Dec-1964) · Phyllis
The World of Henry Orient (19-Mar-1964) · Isabel Boyd
In the Cool of the Day (Mar-1963) · Sybil Logan
The Manchurian Candidate (24-Oct-1962) · Evelyn Iselin
All Fall Down (11-Apr-1962) · Annabell Willart
Blue Hawaii (22-Nov-1961) · Sarah Lee Gates
A Breath of Scandal (16-Dec-1960)
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (22-Sep-1960) · Mavis Pruitt
Season of Passion (1959) · Pearl
The Reluctant Debutante (14-Aug-1958) · Mabel Claremont
The Long, Hot Summer (3-Apr-1958)
Please Murder Me (Mar-1956)
The Court Jester (27-Jan-1956) · Princess Gwendolyn
A Lawless Street (15-Dec-1955) · Tally Dickinson
The Purple Mask (15-Jun-1955)
Remains to be Seen (15-May-1953)
Mutiny (19-Mar-1952) · Leslie
Kind Lady (20-Jun-1951) · Mrs. Edwards
Samson and Delilah (31-Oct-1949) · Semadar
The Red Danube (22-Sep-1949) · Audrey Quail
The Three Musketeers (20-Oct-1948) · Queen Anne
State of the Union (30-Apr-1948) · Kay Thorndyke
Tenth Avenue Angel (20-Feb-1948) · Susan Bratten
If Winter Comes (31-Dec-1947) · Mabel Sabre
The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (25-Apr-1947) · Clotilde
Till the Clouds Roll By (5-Dec-1946) · Star of London Gaieties
The Hoodlum Saint (4-Apr-1946) · Dusty Millard
The Harvey Girls (18-Jan-1946) · Em
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1-Mar-1945) · Sibyl Vane
National Velvet (14-Dec-1944) · Edwina Brown
Gaslight (4-May-1944) · Nancy

Source: Angela Lansbury – Actress – Biography.com

Source: Angela Lansbury – Wikipedia

Source: Angela Lansbury – IMDb

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6 thoughts on “Happy 91st Birthday Angela Lansbury

    1. Thank you for reblogging this Lydia! I LOVE Angela Lansbury! I saw every episode of “Murder, She Wrote” when they were originally on, and I recently finished watching them all again on Netflix. She was wonderful in “Gaslight,” delightful in “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” and “Beauty and the Beast!” I have seen many of her movies and have always loved her!

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