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Angela Lansbury has died at 96, beloved star of the stage screen and TV

Famous stage, television and film actress Angela Lansbury has died at the age of 96, according to a statement from her family.

Her legendary career spanned almost 80 years and during that time she won five Tony Awards, six Golden Globes and an Olivier Award. She also received an Honorary Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award and a BAFTA scholarship. The beloved actress was known worldwide for her role as detective Jessica Flector in a long-running television series The Murder She Wrotewhich ran for 12 seasons between 1984 and 1996 and won its legions of devoted fans.

The Irish-British actress was born in London on October 16, 1925 and moved to the United States in 1940 during World War II. She studied acting in New York before signing with MGM and appearing in gas lamp, national velvetand Dorian Gray’s photo. She achieved instant success, her efforts earning her Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe. She continued to appear in films such as The Harvey Girls, Samson and Delilah, The purple mask, The long hot summer, The reluctant beginner other The Manchu Candidate and performed alongside big names such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman.

In addition to her work on the big screen, Lansbury has also acted in musical theatre, receiving her first Tony Award for her lead role in the Broadway musical. mom in 1966. An apparent affinity for musicals led her to appear in acclaimed musicals Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, The king and me other Bed knobs and brooms. She’s also lent her voice to animated musicals, including as the adorable Mrs. Potts teapot in the animated classic The beauty and the Beast.

Lansbury would take on her most famous role in 1984, with Jessica Fletcher on the long-running cop show The Murder She Wrote.

Speaking in 2014, Lansbury said of the show’s success: “There was never blood, never violence. And there was always a satisfying conclusion to the thriller. The puzzle was complete. And I “Loved Jessica’s every woman character. I think that’s what made her so palatable to a general audience.”

In her later years, Lansbury returned to the stage in New York and London, performing in productions of devil which earned him a Tony Award nomination, spirit of happinesswhich won her the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, A little night music, The best man other Driving Miss Daisy. In 2015, at the age of 89, she received her first Olivier Award for her interpretation of Madame Arcati in spirit of happiness and received the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theater later that same year.

Lansbury was also revered by the LGBTQ+ community, with the community embracing her for her portrayal of Mame Dennis in mom, and for her support of her ex-husband Richard Cromwell, who was rumored to be gay and was once linked to billionaire Howard Hughes. Lansbury once told an interviewer, “I’m very proud of the fact that I’m a gay icon.”

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