Such sad news to hear of the passing of Angela Lansbury. With a career that spanned virtually seven decades, Angela will be remembered for remarkable performances on stage,screen and television.
Oscar nominated for her debut film, GASLIGHT, her MGM contract guaranteed her steady employment, but but it was really after the MGM years that her career flourished.
From 1950, Angela was active on television and in the theatre.
She was still in her 30s when she was cast as the sinister ‘Mrs. Islen’ in the political thriller, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE . Personally, I think she should have won the Oscar for her performance as the truly monstrous woman who destroys her own son ( played so well by Laurence Harvey.)
Angela played Jessica Fletcher in MURDER SHE WROTE from 1984 and appeared in all 256 episodes!
She stormed Broadway in 1966 in MAME and it is such a shame she wasn’t allowed to preserve her performance on film (Lucille Ball took over).
I was fortunate to see Angela at the Piccadilly theatre in London in GYPSY in 1973 and ,as I have said before, it was the first time I ever stood up in a theatre as Angela received a standing ovation.
In 1978 she transformed herself again as the pie-making ‘Mrs Lovett’ in SWEENEY TODD.
And who can forget her beautiful rendition of “Beauty and the Beast” in 1991.
Angela was still active in her 90s, appearing in BLYTHE SPIRIT in London.
What a book it would have been if Angela had written her autobiography.
A life well lived and a very talented lady.
Angela married her second husband, Peter Shaw in 1949.
I love this clip of Angela and Bea Arthur reprising one of their songs from MAME, ‘Bosom Buddies”.