R.I.P. Angela Lansbury, star of Murder, She Wrote, iconic voice of Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast
Lansbury's illustrious career took home five Tony Awards and six Golden Globes, along with several Emmy nominations. She was even honored by the late Queen Elizabeth II.
There are few entertainers who have had a more versatile and successful career as Angela Lansbury, who died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022 at the age of 96 according to NBC News.
In what was an impeccable career on the stage and on the screen, the London-born actress is best-known onscreen for her lead role as mystery writer Jessica Fletcher in the crime drama show Murder, She Wrote. The series ran from 1984-1996, featuring 264 episodes and recurring roles from Tom Bosley, William Windom and Ron Masak.
Younger generations know Lansbury as the soft and melodic voice of Mrs. Potts from the 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast.
Lansbury's roles in Murder, She Wrote and Beauty and the Beast very well could be her career-defining roles, but she had decades worth of success prior to the drama series and world-renowned film, respectively.
Following the start of World War II, Lansbury and her family came to New York in 1940, and her bright career would shine it's first light shortly thereafter. Lansbury and her mother, actress Moyna Macgill, went to Los Angeles in the early-to-mid-Forties, which led to her first role.
Lansbury played Nancy, the maid in the 1944 film Gaslight, about "a woman, played by star Ingrid Bergman, who was being manipulated to question objective truth," per a NBC obituary. The performance earned Lansbury her first Oscar nomination. Then came her second with her role in the 1945 film The Picture of Dorian Gray.
With over one hundred acting credits to her name, Lansbury was featured in several films in the Forites and Fifties as her career continued to climb. Lansbury's talents were not limted to the silver screen or classic television alone, as the multifaceted entertainer loved the stage and loved using her voice.
Her success speaks for itself, as Lansbury has five Tony Awards to her name, four of the five resulting from roles in musicals. Her first was in 1966 when she won best actress in a musical for Mame. She followed that up with two more in the same category for roles in Dear World in 1969 and for Gypsy in 1975. Her fifth and most recent Tony was for best featured actress in the play Blithe Spirit from 2009.
Throughout the Sixties, Seventies and into the Eighties, when she landed her lead role on Murder, She Wrote, Lansbury appeared in several classic TV shows including, The Eleventh Hour, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Magnum, P.I.
Her time on the stage led to her iconic voice role of Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast in 1991. She reprised her role with a stunning perforance of the titular track at the 25th anniversary of Beauty and the Beast from New York City in 2016.
Along with the five Tony Awards, Lansbury has six Golden Globes on 15 nominations, and has been nominated for an Emmy 17 times throughout her impressive career. If that wasn't enough, Lansbury received the Dame Commander of the British Empire honor from the late Queen Elizabeth II in 2014, during a Windsor Castle ceremony, according to NBC.
Starting in the early-Forties, Lansbury's career spanned more than seven decades, as her most recent credit came as Rose in the 2018 movie Buttons, A new Musical Film.
Lansbury has memorable performances on stage, on the silver screen, and across classic television to an extent that is rarely seen in Hollywood.
The star was five days away from her 97th birthday.
Can you imagine today's Hollywood creating a tv show with a 60 year old actress as the main lead? Jessica Fletcher couldn't drive and had trouble operating some modern computer by herself. Sheriff Metzger had to bail her out of trouble most of the time. Her strength and agency derived from her intellect and humanity. We'll probably never see the likes of Lansbury or Jessica Fletcher in our lifetime.
I've never driven. I saw that as a choice she made, maybe helped by living in a small town.
Yes, Sheriff Metzger had to save her from the suspect of the week, but only because they were going to kill her. She was in that position because she'd figured it out.
Sheriff Tupper was always telling her he could handle things, but in one episode, the towns people are begging her to solve the case.
Claude Akins didn't last long.
Angela Lansbury held triple citizenship - the United Kingdom, the Irish Republic, and the United States (that latter from 1951).
The height of civic responsibility.
I really like the Cabot Cove episodes, watching them last year I was surprised she was away from the start. I like Sheriff Tupper best, but I think he left to do Father Dowling.
They used a lot of actors, and so many were familiar. I just saw Jenny Agutter on one episode.
Angela Lansbury had the part created for her so that her medical plan from the Screen Actors Guild would remain in force.
(At this point, her whole family, including her husband, son and brother, were in executive positions on Murder, She Wrote.)
Betty, Queen Elizabeth, Loretta, her--can't one of these gals in their 90s hit the big 1-0-0? C'mon!
The Manchurian Candidate
Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin
The Dowager Empress Marie (voice)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Murder She Wrote
Many many others. R.I.P. Angela Lansbury (1925–2022)
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