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Arabesque detective grandmother Angela Lansbury dies aged 96

American-British actress Angela Lansbury, petty detective grandmother on TV series Arabesque, died Tuesday at the age of 96. Since the 1940s she had appeared in numerous musicals and in more than sixty films.

Nominated for an Oscar from her first role at age 19, she won six Golden Globes, including four for the American series Arabesque, in which she portrayed an immaculate crime writer who also worked as an amateur detective in her spare time. His entire career was rewarded with an honorary Oscar in 2014.

The actress “died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles (…) just five days before her 97th birthday,” her family said in a statement sent to many American media outlets.

“I’ve had an incredibly interesting and varied career that has taken me all over the world,” said the British naturalized American, who has become the most famous crime writer on the small screen.

Airing on CBS from 1984 to 1996 and then worldwide, Arabesque and its 264 episodes received a spate of accolades, Emmy Awards and Golden Globes combined. At 91, the still-vibrant actress has confessed to wanting to play Jessica Fletcher one last time, which she originally only accepted for the money. She earned up to $300,000 per episode.

Trained in Hollywood from the 1940s to 1950s, the young Venetian blonde with big owl eyes and a round face fell short of the beauty standards of the time and was limited to supporting roles despite a promising debut.

“She had amazing talent and they didn’t know what to do with her,” lamented Hurd Hatfield, her partner in The Picture of Dorian Gray in 1998, for which she won the 1946 Golden Globe for best actress in a second role .

“Because I wasn’t a great beauty, I played people who were a lot older than me,” said the actress, who plays Elvis Presley’s mother in the musical ‘Under the Blue Sun of Hawaii’ (1961).

Born on October 16, 1925 in London to a family of politicians (her grandfather George Lansbury led the Labor Party in the 1930s) and actors, she fled the war to the United States after her father’s death.

His mother, an Irish actress, arranged for him through friends to get his first role in “Hantise” (1944), a psychological thriller directed by George Cukor and starring Ingrid Bergman. The role of the seductive and disturbing servant earned her a supporting actor Oscar nomination and a seven-year contract with MGM Studios. She was 19 years old then.

After a first marriage to the actor Richard Cromwell, the young woman met Peter Shaw in 1948, who became her impresario and her husband until his death in 2003. After the birth of her two children in 1952 and 1953, she temporarily put the brakes on her career.

It was then on Broadway that she found great success. She won her first Tony Award with “Mame” (1966), a musical comedy about wealthy New Yorkers during the Depression, which was played more than 1,500 times.

In 1970 she moved to the Irish countryside with her family to save her daughter and son from the influence of drugs and for her daughter from that of guru Charles Manson. The series “Arabesque” comes at the right time.

In 2009 she received her 5th Tony Award for L’esprit s’amuse, a comedy theater filmed in London in 2014, where at 89 she declared that she still had “excessive energy”.

According to the press release, Angela Lansbury leaves behind three children, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and her brother. “A private ceremony for the family will be held on a date to be determined,” his relatives added.

This article was published automatically. Sources: ats/afp

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