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 Gaslight
and The Picture of Dorian Gray
, both of which brought her nominations for 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 National Velvet
, The Harvey Girls
, Nanny McPhee
, Bedknobs and Broomsticks
, Beauty and the Beast
, The Court Jester
and The Manchurian Candidate
. On Broadway, she won acclaim in Mame
and Sweeney Todd
. On television, she is best known as the star of Murder, She Wrote
Her career provides examples of: