Any child of the ’80s and ’90s who watched television was bound to see Dame Angela Lansbury. For an amazing 12 seasons, the skilled actress was the face of CBS on Sunday nights as the protagonist of the upscale mystery series “Murder, She Wrote.”
In fact, Lansbury had a 40-year Hollywood career before she played the crime-solving author Jessica Fletcher. Lansbury noted, “I was 59 years old” during an interview for Turner Classic Movies. When asked how old she felt, she said, “I didn’t feel 59, but it’s about the age where a lot of actors are sort of taking a step backwards.”
When Lansbury Did Her First Film?
Lansbury’s first film role was in the film “Gaslight,” and at the young age of 17, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. She reflected on her acting career, saying, “I always behaved as if the camera wasn’t there.”
Lansbury had a roaring start to her career, and just one year later, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” But Lansbury’s enormous abilities were not restricted to the little screen.
Disney fans will always remember her as Mrs. Potts from the 1991 animated feature Beauty and the Beast, and her interpretation of “Beauty and the Beast” earned her a total of six Tonys (five awards and one lifetime achievement distinction) during her illustrious Broadway career.
As a result of Lansbury’s passing on October 11, 2022, there has been a flood of tributes to the great actress, and the younger generations of Hollywood are now reaching out to pay their respects.
The Film Industry Has Honoured Lansbury
Many famous people in Hollywood expressed their sadness and respect for Angela Lansbury after she passed away. Raphael Sbarge, who guest starred on “Murder, She Wrote,” paid one of the most heartwarming tributes. “Angela Lansbury, for all of us who had the extreme joy of working with her, loved actors,” Sbarge wrote on Twitter.
“She cared deeply that we were taken care of, and made us feel like we were a part of her family. She was absolutely authentic, always kind, and something about her always touched my heart.”
Veteran actor George Takei paid tribute to Lansbury on Twitter in a similar fashion.
Referring to her stint as Jessica Fletcher on “Murder, She Added,” he wrote, in part, “A tale old as time, our beloved Mrs. Potts will sing lullabies to us now from the stars,” Relax, noble spirit.
Like Lansbury, actress Kristin Chenoweth is a triple threat, although she is perhaps most well-known for her performance as Glinda the Good Witch in the Broadway production of “Wicked.” On Twitter, Chenoweth said, “Nobody did Mame quite like her.” “Rest in peace, Angela Lansbury. Thank you for your art & wisdom.”
The Tony Award-winning performance of Mame Dennis by Angela Lansbury was also praised in Josh Gad’s eulogy. “Throughout her career, which ranged from “Mame” to “Bedknobs” to “Murder She Wrote” to “B&TB” to “Mary Poppins Returns,” she influenced audiences across four generations. Rest in Peace, Iconic Figure “When Gad saw this, he made a tweet.
According to a statement provided by the family via People, Lansbury’s legacy will continue via her three children, Deirdre, David, and Anthony.