Angela Lansbury

Actor, Singer, Salesgirl
An incredibly talented, versatile and durable actress-singer, Angela Lansbury garnered the industry's top awards in film, theater and television in career that spanned more than 60 years. Nominated for an Oscar with her ... Read more »
Born: 10/16/1925 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (159)

70th Annual Tony Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Mr. Popper's Penguins 2011 (Movie)

Mrs. Van Gundy (Actor)

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Nanny McPhee 2006 (Movie)

Aunt Adelaide (Actor)

Private Screenings: Angela Lansbury 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

CBS at 75: A Primetime Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Bea Arthur 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Fantasia 2000 2000 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

Anastasia 1997 (Movie)

of Dowager Empress Marie (Voice)

Beauty and the Beast: the Enchanted Christmas 1997 (Movie)

of Mrs Potts (Voice)

Frank Capra's American Dream 1997 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sinatra: 80 Years My Way 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wizard of Oz: 40 Years on Television 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Dream Factory 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Host

Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen Verona: Self Portrait 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Defense Rests: A Tribute to Raymond Burr 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Coming Up Roses 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 104th Tournament of Roses Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Best of Disney Music: A Legacy in Song 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Grand Opening of Euro Disney 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

Beauty and the Beast 1991 (Movie)

of Mrs Potts (Voice)

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

CBS Premiere Preview Spectacular 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Living Legends 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The Shell Seekers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

People Magazine on TV (11/14/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Host

The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The 42nd Annual Tony Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Host

Clue: Movies, Murder and Mystery 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Host

Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The Barbara Walters Special (12/10/85) 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Scene of the Crime 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Company of Wolves 1985 (Movie)

Granny (Actor)

Ingrid 1984 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Sweeney Todd 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pirates of Penzance 1983 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

The Last Unicorn 1982 (Movie)

of Mommy Fortuna (Voice)

Circus of the Stars 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mirror Crack'd 1979 (Movie)

Miss Jane Marple (Actor)

Death on the Nile 1978 (Movie)

Salome Otterbourne (Actor)

The Lady Vanishes 1978 (Movie)

Miss Froy (Actor)

The First Christmas Snow 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Voice

Bedknobs and Broomsticks 1971 (Movie)

Miss Price (Actor)

Something For Everyone 1970 (Movie)

Countess Herthe von Ornstein (Actor)

The Perry Como Thanksgiving Special 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Mister Buddwing 1966 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Harlow 1965 (Movie)

Mama Jean Bello (Actor)

The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders 1965 (Movie)

Lady Blystone (Actor)

The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 (Movie)

Claudia (Actor)

The Perry Como Christmas Show 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Dear Heart 1964 (Movie)

Phyllis (Actor)

In the Cool of the Day 1963 (Movie)

Sibyl Logan (Actor)

The World of Henry Orient 1963 (Movie)

Isabel Boyd (Actor)

All Fall Down 1962 (Movie)

Annabel Willart (Actor)

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1962 (Movie)

voice dubbing(Ingrid Thulin) (Voice)

The Manchurian Candidate 1962 (Movie)

Eleanor Iselin--Raymond's Mother (Actor)

Blue Hawaii 1961 (Movie)

Sarah Lee Gates (Actor)

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll 1961 (Movie)

Pearl (Actor)

A Breath of Scandal 1960 (Movie)

Countess Lina (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs 1960 (Movie)

Mavis (Actor)

The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

The Long, Hot Summer 1958 (Movie)

Minnie Littlejohn (Actor)

The Reluctant Debutante 1958 (Movie)

Mabel Claremont (Actor)

Four Star Playhouse 1952 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Front Row Center 1954 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Court Jester 1956 (Movie)

Princess Gwendolyn (Actor)

A Lawless Street 1955 (Movie)

Tally Dickinson (Actor)

The Purple Mask 1955 (Movie)

Madame Valentine (Actor)

Revlon Mirror Theater 1952 - 1954 (TV Show)

Actor

The Red Danube 1949 (Movie)

Audrey Quail (Actor)

State of the Union 1948 (Movie)

Kay Thorndyke (Actor)

If Winter Comes 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Harvey Girls 1945 (Movie)

Em (Actor)

Gaslight 1944 (Movie)

Nancy Oliver (Actor)

National Velvet 1944 (Movie)

Edwina Brown (Actor)

Climax! (TV Show)

Actor

Glorious Technicolor (TV Show)

Narrator

Kind Lady (Movie)

Mrs. Edwards (Actor)

Lace (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. 'arris Goes to Paris (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Santa Claus (TV Show)

Actor

Mutiny (Movie)

Leslie (Actor)

On Cukor (TV Show)

Actor

Remains to Be Seen (Movie)

Valeska Chauval (Actor)

Samson and Delilah (Movie)

Semadar (Actor)

Shootdown (TV Show)

Actor

Tenth Avenue Angel (Movie)

Susan Bratten (Actor)

The Blackwater Lightship (TV Show)

Actor

The Hoodlum Saint (Movie)

Dusty Millard (Actor)

The Love She Sought (TV Show)

Actor

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Movie)

Sybil Vane (Actor)

The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (Movie)

Clothilde de Marelle (Actor)

Till the Clouds Roll By (Movie)

Guest (Actor)
Music (1)

Anastasia 1997 (Movie)

("Once Upon a December (Prologue)" "Once Upon a December (Reunion)") (Song Performer)

Biography

An incredibly talented, versatile and durable actress-singer, Angela Lansbury garnered the industry's top awards in film, theater and television in career that spanned more than 60 years. Nominated for an Oscar with her feature film debut in "Gaslight" (1944), Lansbury was also nominated the following year for Best Supporting Actress for her work in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945). She made the often difficult transition from ingénue to mature actress appear easy in such lauded films as the classic political-thriller "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962). Lansbury began her multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway career with the 1966 production of "Mame," only to eclipse its success with her heralded starring turn in "Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" in 1979. More acclaimed theatrical work was still to come, although it would temporarily take a backseat to the role the actress would become most associated with in the years to come - that of matronly sleuth Jessica Fletcher on television's long-running "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS, 1984-1996). Lansbury gained still another generation of fans when she gave voice to Mrs. Potts in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" (1992) and played a kind-hearted restaurateur opposite Jim Carrey in "Mr. Popper's Penguins" (2011). Admired by her peers and beloved by her fans, both young and old, Lansbury was, without a doubt, one of stage and screen's most treasured stars.

Relationships

Richard Cromwell Actor

Husband
Married Sept. 27, 1945 Divorced in August 1946 after Lansbury discovered Cromwell was a homosexual

Isolde Denham

Half-Sister
Born in 1920; daughter of Moyna Macgill and Reginald Denham At one time married to actor Peter Ustinov (they divorced in 1946) Died in May 1987 of complications from ALS at age 67

Edgar Lansbury

Father
Married Moyna Macgill in 1924 Died of stomach cancer in 1934 at age 48

Edgar Lansbury Executive Producer

Brother
Born Jan. 12, 1930; twin of Bruce Lansbury; father of actor David Lansbury; produced the London and Broadway revivals of the musical "Gypsy," starring Angela

George Lansbury

Grandfather
Former Labour Party leader

Bruce Lansbury Producer

Brother
Born Jan. 12, 1930; twin brother of Edgar Lansbury

David Lansbury Actor

Nephew
Born Feb. 25, 1961; son of Edgar Lansbury; previously married to Ally Sheedy

Elizabeth Lansbury

Grandmother

Moyna MacGill Actor

Mother
Born Dec. 10, 1895; formerly married to writer-director Reginald Denham; married Edgar Lansbury in 1924 Died of throat cancer on Nov. 25, 1975

Willie McIldowie

Grandfather

Elizabeth McIldowie

Grandmother

Peter Shaw Actor

Husband
Married Aug. 12, 1949 until Shaw's death on Jan. 29, 2003 of congestive heart failure at age 84 Introduced by a mutual friend

David Shaw

Step-Son
Son of Peter Shaw and his first wife

Deirdre Shaw Executive Story Editor

Daughter
Born April 26, 1953; father, Peter Shaw

Anthony Shaw Director

Son
Born Jan. 7, 1952; father, Peter Shaw; struggled with an addiction to heroin in the 1960s and early 70s; briefly acted and later became the producer/director of "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS)

EDUCATION

South Hampstead High School for Girls

Webber-Douglas School of Singing and Dramatic Art

1939 - 1940
Later known as the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art

Feagin School of Dramatic Art

New York , New York 1940 - 1942

Milestones

2012

Starred in Gore Vidal's "The Best Man" on Broadway

2011

Co-starred opposite Jim Carrey in "Mr. Popper's Penguins"

2009

Co-starred with Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's "A Little Night Music"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actress in a Musical

2009

Cast as Madame Arkati in the Broadway revival of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit"

2007

Returned to Broadway to star opposite Marian Seldes as retired women tennis players in "Deuce"; earned a Tony nomination

2006

Co-starred with Emma Thompson and Colin Firth in "Nanny McPhee"; also scripted by Thompson

2005

Earned an Emmy nomination for her guest starring role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)

2004

Starred in the CBS drama "The Blackwater Lightship"; earned an Emmy nomination for Supporting Actress in a Miniseries

2000

Again played sleuth Jessica Fletcher in "Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For" (CBS)

1997

Voiced the character of the Dowager Empress in the animated film "Anastasia"

1997

Reprised signature role of Jessica Fletcher in the CBS TV-movie "Murder, She Wrote: South By Southwest"

1996

Production company, Corymore, signed development deal with Universal

1996

Had title role in the CBS original musical "Mrs. Santa Claus"

1994

Named a Comander of the British Empire

1992

Starred in the CBS TV-movie "Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris," directed by son Anthony Shaw

1992

Became executive producer of "Murder, She Wrote"

1991

Voiced the character of Mrs Potts in Disney's animated "Beauty and the Beast"; sang Oscar-winning title song

1989

Starred in the ABC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of "The Shell Seekers"

1985

Played Granny in Neil Jordan's "The Company of Wolves"

1984

Starred as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher on hit TV series "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS)

1982

Reprised role as Mrs. Lovett in the Showtime adaptation of "Sweeney Todd"

1982

Had featured role of Ruth in the film version of the New York Shakespeare Production of "The Pirates of Penzance"

1982

Portrayed Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in the NBC miniseries "Little Gloria...Happy at Last"

1980

Portrayed the Agatha Christie sleuth Miss Marple in "The Mirror Crack'd"

1979

Triumphed as the Cockney baker Mrs. Lovett in Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street: A Musical Thriller"

1978

Returned to features as a dotty novelist in the Agatha Christie adaptation "Death on the Nile"

1978

Played Anna for two weeks in the Broadway revival of "The King and I" opposite Yul Brynner

1974

Cast in the role of Mama Rose in the Broadway revival of the musical "Gypsy"; lyrics provided by Stephen Sondheim

1972

Made London stage debut in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of "All Over"

1970

Appeared in the Disney animated-live action feature "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"; last film for seven years

1969

Co-starred in the Harold Prince directed "Something for Everyone"

1968

Re-teamed with Jerry Herman for the musical "Dear World"

1966

Cast in the title role of Mame Dennis in the Jerry Herman Broadway musical "Mame"

1964

First Broadway musical, "Anyone Can Whistle"; first collaboration with composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim

1962

Received third Academy Award nomination for her role in "The Manchurian Candidate"; played the mother of Laurence Harvey who was only three years her junior

1960

Had stage success with the Broadway production of "A Taste of Honey"

1960

Received critical attention for her performance in the film "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"

1957

Broadway debut, "Hotel Paradiso" co-starring Burt Lahr

1953

American TV debut, "Revlon Mirror Theater" (CBS)

1948

Played a matronly newspaper editor in "State of the Union" (was only 23 years old)

1946

Portrayed a madam in "The Harvey Girls"; singing voice dubbed

1944

First leading lady role in film, "The Picture of Dorian Gray"; earned second Academy Award nomination

1943

Nominated for an Academy Award for her film debut in "Gaslight" as the slightly malevolent maid Nancy

1941

Family moved to Los Angeles

1941

Worked as a singer at the Samovar Club in Montreal

1940

Moved to America with family; first settled in NYC

Briefly went on unemployment in the early 1950s after her MGM contract expired

Signed to contract at MGM after a screen test

Formed Corymore Productions

Due to family problems, retreated to Ireland in the early 1970s

Bonus Trivia

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Lansbury was named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year by the Harvard Hasty Pudding Theatricals in 1968.

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She was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1982.

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She was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1996.

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In 1997, Lansbury was presented with the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton.

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She underwent hip replacement surgery in 1998.

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