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"I think of myself as a journeyman actress. I will attempt almost anything that I think that I can bring off. It could be almost anything."

Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury (16 October 1925 – 11 October 2022) was an English-American actress and singer whose career spanned eight decades on stage, film, and television.

Born in London, she was moved to New York City in 1940 to avoid German air raids. Her first film roles were in Gaslight (1944) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), both of which earned her Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress (at age 20, she was – and still is – the youngest actress with two nominations). She went on to extensive and acclaimed work in film, television, and theatre, in the process earning another Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, seven Tony Award nominations (winning two), fifteen Golden Globe nominations (winning six), and eighteen Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In 1994, Lansbury was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. In 2013, she received an Honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement.

Additional memorable roles came in such films as 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, Gypsy and Sweeney Todd. On television, she is best known for starring as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote. She's also noteworthy as the only individual to have an original song written for her from four of Disney's most famous songwriters: "The Age of Not Believing" from Bedknobs and Broomsticks (by The Sherman Brothers) and "Beauty and the Beast" from Beauty and the Beast (by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken; she also recorded the entire song in one take – after turning up late for the session, due to her flight being interrupted by a bomb threat – and reduced everyone in the studio to tears).

Her paternal grandfather was British politician George Lansbury, who led the Labour Party in the 1930s. Her first cousin, writer and animator Oliver Postgate, created some of Britain's most beloved children's television programmes ever in the 1950s-70s, including The Saga of Noggin the Nog, Ivor the Engine, The Clangers and Bagpuss.

Emma Thompson apparently once threw a pie at her and Angela "spent the rest of the day throwing food at people", after bursting out laughing after being hit by said pie.

She passed away on October 11, 2022, five days short of her 97th birthday.

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