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Angela Lansbury dead; ‘Murder, She Wrote’ actor dies aged 96

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murder she wrote Star Angela Lansbury has died aged 96, adding another beloved celebrity death to 2022. Angela Lansbury was born on October 16, 1915 to an actor mother and a politician father in London, England.

Lansbury briefly studied acting at a drama school in west London before her mother moved the family to New York City shortly after the start of World War I. There Lansbury received a scholarship to study acting at the Feagin School of Drama and Radio.

In 1942, Lansbury moved to Hollywood, where her mother was trying to revive her film career. She landed a supporting role in the 1944 film gas light with Ingrid Bergman. Lansbury received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Nancy Oliver.

Lansbury received another Oscar nomination in the same category for the 1945 film The portrait of Dorian Gray. She continued to act in supporting roles throughout the 1950s. The 1962 movie The Manchu Candidate earned Lansbury her third Oscar nomination.

Her career reached a new level thanks to her leading role in the musical mummy On Broadway. Lansbury won the 1966 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

In 1993, Lansbury received a Grammy Award nomination for her work on The Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack. It remains the only animated film to receive a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. Lansbury voiced Mrs. Potts in the 1991 Disney classic.

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In 1983, Angela Lansbury was offered the lead role in murder, she wrote as Jessica Fletcher, a retired schoolteacher-turned-crime writer who also solved murders. She accepted and turned down a starring role in a Norman Lear sitcom. Jean Stapleton and Doris Day previously turned down the series.

The show immediately became popular with audiences. Lansbury was instrumental in developing Jessica Fletcher’s look and voice. As one of the first television series to feature an older female lead murder, she wrote is considered a seminal show in TV history.

murder, she wrote The final episode aired in 1996. At the time, it was television’s longest-running detective series. Lansbury received 12 Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Four TV movies based on the series aired between 1997 and 2003.

Lansbury married artist and actor Richard Cromwell in 1945 when she was 19 and he was 35. The marriage lasted less than a year, and Lansbury filed for divorce in 1946. In a Radio Times interview (via LogoTV), Lansbury called the marriage a “horrible mistake,” but nothing she regrets. The actress also revealed that she was unaware Cromwell was gay, which contributed to the end of their marriage.
Lansbury married actor and producer Peter Shaw in 1949. Their son Peter was born in 1952, followed by their daughter Deirdre Ann in 1953. Deirdre Ann’s drug addiction and association with Charles Manson prompted Lansbury to relocate her family to Ireland in 1970.

“The children of Dame Angela Lansbury sadly announce that their mother passed away peacefully in her sleep at 1:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at her home in Los Angeles, just five days before her 97th birthday.” persons reported.

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