Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury
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Angela Lansbury
Film: North side of the 6600 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Angela Lansbury
TV: West side of the 1500 block of Vine Street
Actress | Singer
Born Oct. 16, 1925 in London, United Kingdom

In his book "Balancing Act: The Authorized Biography of Angela Lansbury," author Martin Gottfried argues there's not much to tell about the veteran actress that would interest tabloids or their readers.

Her public life—from her nomination for a supporting actress Oscar for "Gaslight" when she was 17 to her Broadway triumph in "Mame" in her 40s to TV stardom in "Murder, She Wrote"—is the one that matters.

After a brief first marriage to actor Richard Cromwell (who was gay and trying to convince himself otherwise), Lansbury settled into an enduring union with Peter Shaw, who was also British, also reticent and a success in his own right as an agent and studio executive. They bought houses, had children, were productive and happy.

Long stuck in movie character roles—as older, often petulant women, like Laurence Harvey's mother in "The Manchurian Candidate"—she gained the confidence to become a leading lady only on Broadway. Not a trained dancer or a naturally powerful singer, she came to excel at both. On stage in "Sweeney Todd," she reached her pinnacle as a character actress; then, as Jessica Fletcher in "Murder, She Wrote," she won vast audiences by playing herself, as true stars do.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1944 Best Supporting Actress Gaslight Nomination
    1945 Best Supporting Actress The Picture of Dorian Gray Nomination
    1962 Best Supporting Actress The Manchurian Candidate Nomination
    2013 Honorary Oscar Win

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