Angela Lansbury celebrated her 94th birthday last month and has made her presence felt in Hollywood by working nearly 75 years.
Angela Lansbury has conquered the field of acting and has now successfully reigned over Hollywood for nearly 75 years. She turned 94 this October but is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down, to the extent where she will be portraying the role of Lady Augusta Bracknell for a benefit performance, in the play adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest in New York City on November 18.
Happy 94th Birthday to the legendary actress Dame Angela Lansbury! (October 16, 1925) pic.twitter.com/o5OBpgCQxn— Classic Hollywood (@CHC_1927) October 16, 2019
Angela Lansbury entered the world of films at the age of 17 debuting alongside Hollywood bigwigs Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, and Joseph Cotten, in the psychological thriller, Gaslight.
She bagged this role when the film's co-scriptwriter John Van Druten suggested casting the teenage daughter of British theater actress Moyna MacGill, Angela Lansbury.
Although she had no prior experience as an actress, she earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a flirtatious housemaid, Nancy. She was also able to sign a contract with MGM pretty soon.
The following year, she received her second Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award for her role as Sibyl Vane in the 1945 film "The Picture of Dorian Gray."
She went on to act in secondary roles in films such as “The Three Musketeers,” “The Harvey Girls,” “Samson and Delilah” and “State of the Union.”
Dame Angela Lansbury with her dear friend and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) co-star, Hurd Hatfield. pic.twitter.com/tFPf7vPYve— Angela Lansbury News (@_AngelaLansbury) March 10, 2014
By the time she was in her 20s, Lansbury had established the reputation of a character actress and portrayed the roles of middle-aged women with ease. At 36, she played the role of a mother to 26-year-old Elvis Presley in “Blue Hawaii” and the following year played the mother to 34-year-old Laurence Harvey in the film “The Manchurian Candidate.” She earned her third Oscar nomination for this film.
Elvis Presley and Dame Angela Lansbury as his mom in Blue Hawaii (1961). pic.twitter.com/6WZPqAZB5v— Angela Lansbury News (@_AngelaLansbury) January 8, 2017
The next phase of her career was as a performer in Broadway where she bowled over the critics with her portrayal of "Mame" in the musical-comedy by the same name.
She continued to push forward and rise in the field of theatre for the next 50 years where she portrayed an array of characters ranging from Mama Rose in “Gypsy” to the murderous Mrs. Lovett in Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd.”
She then ventured into the land of TV entertainment where she managed to become a household name through her role as the protagonist Jessica Fletcher on the show “Murder, She Wrote.”
This show went on to be a huge success and ran for 12 years with 264 episodes.
Angela Lansbury is also well known for having voiced the character of Mrs. Potts for the 1991 Disney animated film “Beauty and the Beast.”
Apart from her three Oscar nominations, Lansbury has 17 Emmy nominations, 15 Golden Globe nominations out of which she has won six and has also received an honorary Academy Award in 2014.