NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14:  Actress Angela Lansbury attends the 2016 WNET Gala Salute to New York at The Plaza Hotel on June 14, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
TV - Movies
The Devastating
Death Of
Angela Lansbury
Dame Angela Lansbury has died. The 96-old actress died peacefully in her sleep at her home in California. She is survived by three children, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and her brother. The cause of her death has not been confirmed.
Lansbury was arguably most famous for her role as writer Jessica Fletcher on the CBS detective drama "Murder, She Wrote," but her acclaimed, long-running career is so much more than that. A true star of the Golden Age of Hollywood, her first film credit is from 1944, and over her many decades in the business, she amassed dozens of awards and nominations for her work, including a 2014 honorary Academy Award.
She was known for both her exquisite live performances, including her role as Eleanor Iselin on "The Manchurian Candidate," and her wonderful work as a voice actress — like her powerful performance as Mrs. Potts in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." She was also an accomplished musical star with a shining career on Broadway and five Tony awards.
In 2013, Britain gave her the ultimate nod by knighting her for her considerable "services to drama and to charitable work and philanthropy," as stated by the BBC. The actress said of the honor, "It's a lovely thing to be given that nod of approval by your own country and I really cherish it." Rest in peace, Dame Angela.