According to a statement from her family provided to NBC, whose parent company produced the long-running series, Angela Lansbury has passed away. Lansbury had a diverse, award-winning movie and stage career in addition to becoming America’s favorite TV sleuth on “Murder, She Wrote,” which made her famous across the country. She was 96.
Just five days shy of her 97th birthday, Dame Angela Lansbury passed away quietly in her sleep at home in Los Angeles at 1:30 AM on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, according to a statement from her family.
For a response, CNN has been in touch with Lansbury’s agents.
For her 1944 film début, “Gaslight,” Lansbury received her first Oscar nomination despite being just 20 years old. Her second came the following year for “The Portrait of Dorian Gray,” and she appeared in “The Manchurian Candidate” again in 1962 as the mother who betrays her son and her nation. (For the latter two films, she won Golden Globes.)
Along with the five Tony Awards she won over a 40-plus year period, starting with “Mame” in 1966 and ending with a revival of the Noel Coward play “Blithe Spirit” in 2009, the actress accepted an honorary Oscar in 2013. In addition, Lansbury had 11 nominations for her performance as Jessica Fletcher in “Murder, She Wrote,” but she was never successful.
Practically instantly, Lansbury transitioned from portraying inventive parts to more middle-aged ones. For instance, she was only 37 when she played Laurence Harvey’s cunning mother in “Manchurian Candidate,” despite the fact that her co-star was only two years her junior.
Her father, Edward Lansbury, was a politician, and her mother, Moyna MacGill, was an actress when she was born in London. He passed away while she was just nine years old, and shortly after World War II began in 1939, the family relocated to the US, living in New York.