On today in 1925, the stage and screen actress Angela Lansbury, who starred in it series Murder, She Wrote and earned Oscar nominations on her behalf performances such films as The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Manchurian Candidate, exists in London, England. In Hollywood, a location that prizes youth (particularly because of its female performers), Lansbury became among a rare variety of actresses who were able to carve out an extended, successful career.
After fleeing England with her family during World War II, Lansbury eventually finished up in Los Angeles. As an adolescent, she earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination on her behalf first feature film, the 1944 romantic-thriller Gaslight, starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Joseph Cotten. In Gaslight, that was directed by George Cukor and received a complete of seven Oscar nominations, Lansbury played a maid who becomes involved with a man’s plot to operate a vehicle his wife insane. Lansbury’s next film, 1945’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, in line with the Oscar Wilde novella of exactly the same name, earned her another Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination on her behalf portrayal of Sibyl Vane, a female who kills herself after she actually is betrayed by the movie’s title character, a guy enthusiastic about staying young. In 1962, she co-starred with Frank Sinatra in the spy thriller The Manchurian Candidate and earned her third Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination on her behalf role because the manipulative mother of a Korean War hero brainwashed into learning to be a Communist assassin.
During the 1960s and 1970s, Lansbury starred on Broadway in a string of musicals and earned the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical on her behalf performances in Mame, Dear World, Gypsy and Sweeney Todd. She also continued to work steadily in film, appearing in Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), Death on the Nile (1978) and The Mirror Crack’d (1980), where she portrayed Agatha Christie’s tweedy amateur sleuth, Miss Marple. From 1984 to 1996, Lansbury played the role that she actually is perhaps best known-the crime-solving mystery writer Jessica Fletcher on it series Murder, She Wrote. Lansbury received 12 consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series on her behalf performance because the friendly amateur detective from the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine, who constantly found dead bodies. After the show ended, she reprised her role in four Murder, She Wrote made-for-TV movies.
In 1991, Lansbury memorably voiced the type of Miss Potts, the singing teapot, in Disney’s blockbuster Academy Award-winning animated feature Beauty and the Beast.
Lansbury also voiced the type of the Empress Dowager Marie in 1997’s Anastasia. In 2005, Lansbury appeared in Nanny McPhee, starring Emma Thompson, and in 2007, she returned to Broadway for Deuce, which earned her another Tony Award nomination.