Hollywood Screen Legend Angela Lansbury Dead At 96

Actress Angela Lansbury speaks during the PBS segment of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 16, 2018 in Pasadena, California.
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Hollywood screen legend Angela Lansbury died peacefully in her home in Los Angeles Tuesday just a few days short of celebrating her 97th birthday, family members have confirmed.

The legendary British actress was known to various generations — from her work on the hit CBS show “Murder She Wrote” from more than a decade, and to children for her iconic voice as the singing teapot Mrs. Potts in the 1991 Disney classic animated feature “Beauty and the Beast.”

“The children of Dame Angela Lansbury are sad to announce that their mother died peacefully in her sleep at home in Los Angeles at 1:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, just five days shy of her 97th birthday,” her family shared in a statement to PEOPLE magazine.

“In addition to her three children, Anthony, Deirdre and David, she is survived by three grandchildren, Peter, Katherine and Ian, plus five great grandchildren and her brother, producer Edgar Lansbury,” the statement added.

“She was proceeded in death by her husband of 53 years, Peter Shaw,” the statement concluded. “A private family ceremony will be held at a date to be determined.”

Lansbury’s career spans seven decades of work from landing her breakout role on the big screen at 17-years-old in the 1944 thriller in Ingrid Bergman-Charles Boyer’s classic “Gaslight” to the stage and small screen, the outlet noted.

“It was thanks to my mother who recognized in me an ability to cut up, to make believe, to run around being somebody other than the little girl that I was,” Lansbury shared during her appearance on “Masterpiece Studio” podcast in 2018. “It made her realize that I was a natural, and she, bless her heart, made the decisions for me very, very, very young.”

In 1961, she landed the role as Elvis Presley’s mother in “Blue Hawaii.” She would later would become known for her time on the stage in such Broadway shows as “Mame” in 1966 the hit musical, which she earned the first of her five Tony awards for, the outlet noted.

The next decade would find her stepping back from the spotlight to deal with family matters, commuting between Ireland, London, and New York to help her children from her second marriage to Shaw. She was previously married to Richard Cromwell.

Lansbury would get back to acting in 1978 when she scored a role in Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” as Mrs. Lovett. Her career then took a turn to the small screen in 1984 when she landed the role as mystery author Jessica Fletcher on CBS until 1996, where she would be up for 12 Emmy nominations.

“It has been an outstanding life, especially for me,” Lansbury shared when she received the SAG honor, the outlet noted. “And the great news is, girls, the opportunities are out there for us at all ages. I mean, look at some of the exquisite work of the women in film today. I feel absolutely galvanized to keep going and strike out for new career goals … After all, a career, as far as I’m concerned, is still a work in progress.”

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