After her death, heavyweights from the film, television and live theater industries remembered Dame Angela Lansbury as “one of the last stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood” and a “Broadway and West End icon”.
The Irish-British and American actress, best known for her role as Jessica Fletcher on American drama series Murder, She Wrote, died “peacefully” in her sleep at the age of 96, her family said on Tuesday.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Elaine Paige, Josh Gad and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson shared memories of meeting the famous actress.
Zeta-Jones, who appeared opposite Dame Angela in the Broadway musical A Little Night Music, said their time together will “forever be one of the joys of my life.”
In a post on Instagram, Zeta-Jones wrote: “Darling darling, Dame Angela Lansbury. may you rest in peace
“Our Broadway double act will forever be one of the joys of my life. When the lights dim for you on The Great White Way, you will shine in our hearts forever. I love you Angela Catherine.”
West End star Paige said Dame Angela was “always so kind and generous” when they met.
“So sad to hear the news that legendary lady Angela Lansbury has passed away,” Paige tweeted, sharing a picture of them together.
“One of the last stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age and an icon on Broadway and the West End.
“Always so kind and generous whenever I met her. She is sorely missed. RIP dearest Angela.”
Gad also shared a photo of herself with Dame Angela and said she “touched four generations” with her work.
He said on Twitter: “It’s rare that one person can touch multiple generations and create a breadth of work that defines decade after decade. Angela Lansbury was that artist.
“From ‘Mame’ to ‘Bedknobs’ to ‘Murder She Wrote’ to ‘B&TB’ to ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ she touched 4 generations. RIP legend.”
Ferguson recalled sitting next to her in the theater and how they had a long conversation.
“I will never forget sitting next to Angela Lansbury at an opening night,” he tweeted.
“Even though I had to pee, I refused to leave my seat during the break. Instead, I spent the 15 minutes chatting with her.
“She was incredibly kind and I’m so glad I had this short time with her. RIP Angela.”
US actress Mia Farrow said it was an “honor” to work with Dame Angela.
“Gratitude to the amazing Angela Lansbury who has given us so many great performances,” she wrote.
“It was an honor to have worked with her and to have her as a friend. Thank you dear Angie. Love forever.”
Other famous names paying tribute included Canadian author Margaret Attwood, Star Trek star George Takei, and actor Jason Watkins.
Watkins, who has starred in The Crown and Des, shared a photo of Dame Angela Lansbury as a young woman, wearing a purple dress with her hair tied up.