[[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Dame]] Angela Brigid Lansbury is an English actress and singer whose career spans stage, screen and television.

Born 16 October 1925 in London, she moved with her family to New York City in 1940. Her first film roles were in ''Film/{{Gaslight}}'' and ''Film/ThePictureOfDorianGray1945'', both of which brought her nominations for [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Best Supporting Actress]]. At age 20, she was (and still is) the youngest actress with two nominations. She went on to extensive work in film, on television and on the stage, eventually earning five Tony Awards (and two nominations), six Golden Globes, another Best Supporting Actress nomination and 19 Emmy Award nominations. In 1994, she was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. In 2013, she received an Honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement.

Additional memorable film roles came in ''Literature/NationalVelvet'', ''Film/TheHarveyGirls'', ''[[Film/NannyMcPhee Nanny [=McPhee=]]]'', ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'', ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', ''Film/TheCourtJester'' and ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate''. On Broadway, she won acclaim in ''[[Literature/AuntieMame Mame]]'', ''{{Theatre/Gypsy}}'' and ''[[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet Sweeney Todd]]''. On television, she is best known as the star of ''Series/MurderSheWrote''. She's the only individual to have an original song written for her from three of Creator/{{Disney}}'s most famous songwriters: ("The Age of Not Believing" from ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'') by Music/TheShermanBrothers and ("Beauty and the Beast" from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'') by Music/AlanMenken.

!!Her career provides examples of:
* BlondeRepublicanSexKitten: Possibly the TropeMaker in ''Theatre/StateOfTheUnion'' (1948)
* EvilMatriarch: In ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate''. Also ''Film/TheWorldOfHenryOrient'', where she's not so much evil, but a hypocrite who's a {{Jerkass}} to her troubled daughter.
* GrandeDame: In ''[[Film/NannyMcPhee Nanny [=McPhee=]]]''.
* HappilyMarried: To Peter Shaw for 54 years.
* HollywoodOld: Frequently cast as characters older than her actual age.
* TheIngenue: In ''Film/ThePictureOfDorianGray1945''.
* KindlyHousekeeper: In ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* LittleOldLadyInvestigates: Her role on ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' and in ''[[Literature/MissMarple The Mirror Crack'd]]'' as well as a 1999 MadeForTVMovie based on the ''Literature/MrsPollifax'' books.
* PlayingGertrude: She is rather well-known for this.
* ReallyGetsAround: Anyone who is familiar with Lansbury from ''Murder She Wrote'' or her later stage and film work may be startled to watch ''Gaslight'' and see a 17-year-old Lansbury as a saucy, slutty housemaid.
* TheVamp: In ''Film/{{Gaslight}}''.