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Actress Angela Lansbury passes away at age 96

Legendary actress of the stage and screen Angela Lansbury has passed away at the age of 96. Lansbury’s family released a statement saying: “​​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. 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. She was proceeded in death by her husband of 53 years, Peter Shaw. A private family ceremony will be held at a date to be determined.”

Born in London, the actress was perhaps best known for playing Jessica Fletcher on the long-running CBS investigative television series Murder, She Wrote for 12 seasons.  Along with starring in Murder, She Wrote, Lansbury was also known for her portrayal of Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast, Miss Eglantine Price in the Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate, Aunt Adelaide in Nanny McPhee, and Mrs. Van Gundy in Mr. Popper’s Penguins, among others. She also originated several Broadway leading roles in musicals such as Sweeney Todd and The King and I.

Lansbury’s work in film and TV landed her six Golden Globe awards, 15 Emmy Awards nominations and three Oscar Awards nominations. In 2013, Angela received an Honorary Award at the 2013 Governors Awards.

Lansbury is survived by her brother Edgar Lansbury; her three children, Anthony, Deirdre and David; her three grandchildren, Peter, Katherine and Ian; and her five great grandchildren.

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