Angela Lansbury has passed away. The star of “Murder, She Wrote” – which still airs on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – died at age 96.
She died peacefully in her home, NBC News reported. An exact cause of death was not shared, but the beloved star was nearly 97 years old.
Her family shared a statement: “Dame Angela Lansbury’s children are saddened to announce that their mother passed away peacefully in her sleep at home in Los Angeles at 1:30 am today, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, just five days before her. 97th birthday.”
Lansbury was born in London but is known around the world for her performances. She has won numerous Tony Awards, told NBC News, including Best Musical Actress for “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Mame,” “Dear World” and “Gypsy.” She also starred in “Beauty and the Beast,” a 1961 big-screen musical.
But to Hallmark stars, she is perhaps best known for her role as Angela Lansbury in “Murder, She Wrote,” which ran for 12 seasons from the 1980s to the 1990s. The series continues to air on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Lansbury was nominated for 18 Primetime Emmys, including nominations for each season that “Murder, She Wrote” starred. She also won six Golden Globe Awards, including four for “Murder, She Wrote.”
Lansbury was born in London in 1925. Her father died when she was only 9. A few years later, her mother sold everything they owned so they could flee the German air raids on London. They emigrated to the United States in 1940, Biography reported.
While Lansbury didn’t star in Hallmark Christmas movies, she did star in Christmas movies that Hallmark fans might enjoy.
She starred in “The Story of the First Christmas Snow,” which premiered in 1975 and was directed by Jules Bass. She was the voice of Sister Theresa in the film.
The synopsis reads: “A young shepherd, Lucas (David Kelley), is blinded by lightning, and a couple of friendly nuns at a nearby abbey take him in. Sister Catherine (Iris Rainer) describes snow to Lucas, who has never seen it. Lucas is chosen to play an angel in the abbey’s Christmas procession, and the Christmas snow falling during the procession works a small miracle.”
She also starred in “The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story” where she played Amanda Fenwick in 1983. Polly Holliday, Lee Remick, Michael Pearlman and Michael Higgins also starred.
The summary reads: “After experiencing several stressful situations in a short time – including the bankruptcy of the family business and the loss of her mother – Janet Broderick (Lee Remick) falls ill. She falls into a deep sleep and dreams of returning to her hometown, taking her children to meet her deceased loved ones…”
Lansbury also starred in “Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas,” which premiered in 1997. The synopsis reads: “Amazed to discover that the Beast (Robbie Benson) has a deep-seated hatred for the Christmas season, Belle (Paige O’Hara) tries to change his mind.”
She voiced Mrs. Potts, who she also voiced for the original Disney movie “Beauty and the Beast”.
She also starred in the Christmas movie ‘Buttons’, which premiered in 2018.
The summary reads: “Follow the heartwarming journey of two orphaned girls whose only wish is to find a home for Christmas. With a little help from their guardian angels (Dick Van Dyke and Dame Angela Lansbury), they discover that miracles can happen if you believe.”
She played Rose and Dick Van Dyke was just “Angel”. Also starring Alivia Clark, Kate Winslet (narrator), Robert Redford (narrator), Abigail Spencer, Hallmark star Paul Greene, Reilly Anspaugh, John de Lancie and more.
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