Legendary stage and screen actress Dame Angela Lansbury has died at the age of 96.
Her family announced that she passed away in her sleep at her Los Angeles home today, 11 October 2022.
The family said in a statement that: “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 AM today, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, just five days shy of her 97th birthday”.
Angela Lansbury was known to millions as the star of long-running TV series Murder, She Wrote, and she starred in countless films including Gaslight, her first film and for which she received an Oscar nomination, The Manchurian Candidate, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Death on the Nile, Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast, and recently in Mary Poppins Returns.
Her huge career on stage, spanning some 8 decades from 1957 to 2018, included Mame in 1966 – for which she won her first Tony award, and Sweeney Todd in 1979 on Broadway, with her last West End role being Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre in 2014. Her other West End appearances included Gypsy in 1973 and in the National Theatre’s Hamlet at the Old Vic in 1975.
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. Her husband of 53 years, Peter Shaw, died in 2003.
Lansbury’s awards include five Tony Awards, six Golden Globes, an Olivier Award, an honorary Oscar and many more.
Tributes have poured in for the star from Broadway, the West End and Hollywood.
More to follow.