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Lansbury, Angela

Summary Article: Lansbury, Angela (Brigid) (16 Oct 1925 –) from The Crystal Reference Encyclopedia

Actress, born in London, UK. Evacuated to the USA in 1940, she became a US citizen in 1951. Her role in Gaslight (1944, Oscar nomination) led to a contract with MGM, and she appeared in such films as National Velvet (1944) and Samson and Delilah (1949). Later, she made many more films, including The Manchurian Candidate (1963, Oscar nomination), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), and Death on the Nile (1978). She made her Broadway stage debut in Hotel Paradiso (1957), and appeared in several musicals, such as Gypsy (1974) and Sweeney Todd (1979). She also achieved success in the role of Jessica Fletcher in the long-running TV mystery series Murder She Wrote (1984–95). In 1991 she won a new generation of fans as the voice of the housekeeper teapot in Disney’s animated musical film Beauty and the Beast. She received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for lifetime achievement in film in 2003.


Major works:


Films
 (1944) Gaslight
 (1944) National Velvet
 (1945) The Picture of Dorian Gray
 (1946) The Harvey Girls
 (1946) The Hoodlum Saint
 (1946) The Private Affairs of Bel Ami
 (1948) If Winter Comes
 (1948) Tenth Avenue Angel
 (1948) State of the Union
 (1948) The Three Musketeers
 (1949) Samson and Delilah
 (1950) The Red Danube
 (1952) Mutiny
 (1953) Remains to be Seen
 (1955) The Purple Mask
 (1955) The Court Jester
 (1955) A Lawless Street
 (1956) Please Murder Me
 (1958) The Long Hot Summer
 (1958) The Reluctant Débutante
 (1959) Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (US Season of Passion)
 (1960) A Breath of Scandal
 (1960) The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
 (1961) Blue Hawaii
 (1962) All Fall Down
 (1962) The Manchurian Candidate
 (1962) In the Cool of the Day
 (1964) The World of Henry Orient
 (1964) Dear Heart
 (1965) The Greatest Story Ever Told
 (1965) Harlow
 (1966) Mister Buddwing
 (1970) Something for Everyone (UK Black Flowers for the Bride)
 (1971) Bedknobs and Broomsticks
 (1978) Death on the Nile
 (1979) The Lady Vanishes
 (1980) The Mirror Crack’d
 (1982) The Pirates of Penzance
 (1984) The Company of Wolves
 (1991) Beauty and the Beast (voiceover)
 Musical Theatre
 (1964) Anyone Can Whistle
 (1966) Mame
 (1969) Dear World
 (1973) Gypsy
 (1978) The King and I
 (1979) Sweeney Todd


Television
 1984-95 Murder She Wrote

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