Fast Facts

  • Left her native England with mother and two brothers in 1940 on the last boat to America following the London Blitz; became U.S. citizen in 1951. 
  • Nominated for an Oscar for her film debut in 1944's Gaslight.
  • Broadway musical debut was in Stephen Sondheim's short-lived Anyone Can Whistle in 1964; other Broadway triumphs include Mame, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Blithe Spirit and A Little Night Music.
  • Was only three years older than Laurence Harvey, who played her son in The Manchurian Candidate (1962).
  • Noted film appearances include The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), and Beauty and the Beast (1991).
  • Received an Emmy nomination for the role of Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote for each of the 12 seasons the detective drama aired, but never won.
  • Among honors received: induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame (1982) and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame (1996); recipient of the National Medal of Arts (1997) and the Kennedy Center Honors (2000).
  • Named a Dame Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in her New Year Honor's List in 2013.

Awards

  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1945, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1983, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special: Nominee
  • 1946, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1944, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1990, BAFTA Film Awards — Special Award (Film): Winner
  • 1984, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1971, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2009, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Winner
  • 1963, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1979, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner
  • 1969, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner
  • 1966, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner
  • 1962, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1975, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner
  • 2007, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 2010, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1978, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 2015, Olivier Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1985, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program: Winner

Relationships

  • Edgar Isaac Lansbury — Father
  • Moyna MacGill — Mother
  • Richard Cromwell — Ex-husband
  • David Lansbury — Nephew
  • Edgar Lansbury — Brother
  • Bruce Lansbury — Brother
  • David Shaw — Stepson
  • Tamara Ustinov — Niece
  • Anthony Shaw — Son
  • Deirdre Angela Shaw — Daughter
  • George Lansbury — Grandfather
  • Isolde Denham — Half Sister
  • Peter Shaw — Husband (deceased)
  • Felicia Lansbury — Niece

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  • Birth Name: Angela Brigid Lansbury
  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Birthday: October 16, 1925, Libra
  • Profession: Actor
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