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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Albany Daily News.
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Angela Lansbury

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Famous For:
Murder, She Wrote, Beauty and the Beast
Networth:
$70 Million
Currently Known For:
Marry Poppins Returns
Famous Years:
1944 - Present
Birthdate:
October 16, 1925
Angela Lansbury


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  famous for:
Murder, She Wrote, Beauty and the Beast

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  networth:
$70 Million

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Some actors tend to be remembered for a lone role they did, and it makes sense if that role went on for well over a decade. One actress that falls into that category for many people is Angela Lansbury, who played Jessica Fletcher on the mystery series “Murder, She Wrote” for the latter half of the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s. However, Lansbury has much more than just that role going for her on her resume, appearing in over 100 productions throughout her career. Younger fans might think that she hasn’t acted since then, but she’s actually still busy to this day.

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Lansbury is, unsurprisingly, trained classically after she was born to a mother that had been a stage actress during the late 19th century and early 20th century. Lansbury herself was born in London on October 16, 1925, though sadly spent much of her childhood without her father as he had passed away from cancer while she was young. To help take her mind off of the pain, Lansbury followed in her mother’s footsteps.

Then, World War II would start to break out in Europe during the late 1930s, causing Lansbury’s mother to move the family to the United States. Like many that came to the country during that time, Lansbury had come to New York City, which was the perfect place to launch an acting career. She began taking classes to pursue her passion, appearing on stage for the first time and finishing school in 1942. After performing on stage for a few years, Lansbury was given her first opportunity to act on screen.

That first role for Lansbury was a doozy as she was cast as Nancy Oliver in the 1944 film “Gaslight” that starred Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman. Despite it being her debut in film, Lansbury was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. After also appearing in “National Velvet” that same year, Lansbury received her second Oscar nomination the following year for her role as Sibyl Vane in “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. Though she didn’t win the Academy Award, she did at least take home the Golden Globe win.

Lansbury starred in more than a half dozen films for the rest of the 1940s that included “The Three Musketeers” before finally making her television debut to start the next decade. Those first TV roles included televised theatrical productions, which is how Lansbury would spend much of the decade on the small screen. By the middle of the 1960s, Lansbury hadn’t been in many TV productions outside of a few specials and the occasional guest appearance, instead focusing on her film career as the industry became more illustrious.

The 1960s saw memorable roles for Lansbury that included “All Fall Down” and “The Manchurian Candidate” that earned her a third Oscar nomination and second Golden Globe win. Several more great films then followed in the 70s with more award nominations for her work in “Something for Everyone”, “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” and “Death on the Nile”. During the early 1980s, though, Lansbury went back into television in full swing.

After award nominated work on multiple television movies, Lansbury landed that previously mentioned role as Ms. Fletcher on “Murder, She Wrote” in 1984. The series was a massive hit for CBS that spawned multiple TV movie specials and earned Lansbury a slew of awards after more than 260 episodes. Four times did Lansbury win a Golden Globe, while she also had several other nominations. Somehow, the Emmy Awards never acknowledged Lansbury as the winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, but did nominate her in the category every year from 1985 to 1996.

“My husband Peter (Shaw) and I decided it was time to consider possibly doing a television series,” she said of accepting the role. The character was originally supposed to be more over the top, but “I thought no, let’s make her a smart woman,” Lansbury added. “And by the time we were finished she’d gotten back her sense of purpose as a woman...She became much more of an everywoman rather than a kind of a cook.”

“Murder, She Wrote” ran for 12 years with Lansbury also doing some work on the side that included several more television movies, but most notably as the voice of Mrs. Potts in the Disney animated classic “Beauty and the Beast”. Since her famous series came to an end, Lansbury has remained quite busy in both film and television.

Lansbury has been nominated for Emmy awards for guest appearances on “Law & Order”, as well as having a recent guest spot on “Great Performances” and in miniseries “Little Women”. Her most recent films include “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” with Jim Carrey, as well as a voice role in the 2018 version of “The Grinch”. In that same year, she also had a cameo in “Mary Poppins Returns” with Emily Blunt playing the new titular role.

After 75 years in the business, Lansbury is still working much later into life than the average person. She’s obviously accomplished a lot, but was asked if there’s still anything else she wants to add to her resume. “Not really,” she admitted. “Just to grow old gracefully and to hopefully still be able to bring something positive to the lives around me, and to be remembered as an OK gal. I have a wonderful family. Being around them is the most exciting thing I’m involved in at the present time.”

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