Hollywood Legend and Award-winning actress Angela Lansbury turns 96 today

She is mostly remembered for her role as Jessica Fletcher on “Murder, She Wrote”

Hollywood Legend and Award-winning actress Angela Lansbury turns 96 today

Today is the 96th birthday of the actress Angela Lansbury. She has entertained audiences for decades on stage and screen, including her 12-year stint as Jessica Fletcher on the 1984 series ‘Murder, She Wrote.’ The actress was born on October 16, 1925, in East London, eventually immigrating to the U.S. with her family. Known for taking on various roles in film, television and on stage, Lansbury was nominated for an Academy Award after appearing in her first movie, “Gaslight” (1944). She continued her film work during the ’60s and ’70s while also starring in television projects. In 1984, she debuted as Jessica Fletcher in the popular series “Murder, She Wrote”, which would run into the next decade. Lansbury has also won several Tony Awards for her work in projects like “Mame”, “Gypsy”, and “Sweeney Todd”. She has voiced several animated characters as well for films including “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), in which she voiced Mrs. Potts and sang the title track “Beauty and the Beast” and “Be Our Guest” with Jerry Orbach, and “Anastasia” (1997). In February 2017, it was revealed that Lansbury had joined the cast of the movie “Mary Poppins Returns”. It is a sequel to the Academy Award-winning 1964 film, and was released on December 25, 2018.

By Ken Warren, 2017/18

Angela Lansbury Sings ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Lincoln Center on September 19, 2016

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