Angela Lansbury was born on October 16th, 1925 in London, as the daughter of a politician, Edgar Lansbury.
She was recently honored at the York Theatre Company‘s annual gala, on Monday, November 16. Lansbury reportedly received the 2015 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre.
Edgar Lansbury was famous for being a representative both of the Labour Party and the Communist Party, and in 1915 he participated in the suffrage movement as well. He was the respected treasurer of their East-London alliance.
Angela Lansbury has been an actress since 1944. Her first role was in the thriller Gaslight with Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman. It which was a movie not directed by Hitchcock but by George Cukor in Hitchcock’s style. Being the maid in Gaslight was a minor supporting role but later the actress got many main roles, too. She got so many offers that she couldn’t accept all. One of the most exciting roles Angela Lansbury refused was nurse Ratched in the adaptation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest directed by Milos Forman – Lansbury could have played by the side of Jack Nicholson.
Lansbury’s son, Anthony (Anthony Pullen Shaw), unfortunately suffered from cocaine and heroin addictions. After he had completely recovered, he became a director and instructed her mother in 68 episodes of the crime series “Murder, She Wrote”.
She was nominated for the Emmy 18 times during her career (for “Murder, She Wrote” most of the time), but she never got the award, according to us.blastingnews.com.
Lansbury sang in the Disney animation movie Beauty and the Beast’s original song. In 1992 this song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Jessica Fletcher, the grandma-aged detective and writer in “Murder, She Wrote” has been one of the most significant roles in her life. But she didn’t get it easily, because the producers wanted to see Jean Stapleton on the screen for it first, and then they wanted to choose Doris Day. Lansbury’s earlier renditions of “old detective ladies” (Miss Marple in The Mirror Crack’d, and another Agatha Christie adaptation, in Death on the Nile) convinced the producers. With her in the main role, the series became such a big success that it had 12 seasons and 265 episodes.