Saturday, November 17, 2018

54 Beautiful Photos of Angela Lansbury during the 1940s & 1950s

Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury DBE (born October 16, 1925) is an English-
American-Irish actress who has appeared in theatre, television, and film. Her
career has spanned seven decades, much of it in the United States, and her
work has attracted international acclaim.

Lansbury was born to Irish actress Moyna Macgill and English politician Edgar
Lansbury, an upper-middle-class family in Regents Park, central London; her
paternal grandfather was the British Labour Party leader George Lansbury. To
escape the Blitz, in 1940 she moved to the United States with her mother and
two brothers, and studied acting in New York City. Proceeding to Hollywood in
1942, she signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and obtained her first film roles,
in Gaslight (1944) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), earning her two
Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe Award. She appeared in eleven further
films for MGM, mostly in supporting roles, and after her contract ended in
1952 she began supplementing her cinematic work with theatrical appearances.
Although largely seen as a B-list star during this period, her appearance in
the film The Manchurian Candidate (1962) received widespread acclaim and is
cited as being one of her finest performances. Moving into musical theatre,
Lansbury finally gained stardom for playing the leading role in the Broadway
musical Mame (1966), which earned her a range of awards.

Amid difficulties in her personal life, Lansbury moved from California to
County Cork, Ireland in 1970, and continued with a variety of theatrical and
cinematic appearances throughout that decade. These included leading roles in
the stage musicals Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, and The King and I, as well as in the
hit Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). Moving into television, she
achieved worldwide fame as fictional writer and sleuth Jessica Fletcher in
the American whodunit series Murder, She Wrote, which ran for twelve seasons
from 1984 until 1996, becoming one of the longest-running and most popular
detective drama series in television history. Through Corymore Productions, a
company that she co-owned with her husband Peter Shaw, Lansbury assumed
ownership of the series and was its executive producer for the final four
seasons. She also moved into voice work, thereby contributing to animated
films such as Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1991) and 20th Century Fox's
Anastasia. Since then, she has toured in a variety of international
theatrical productions and continued to make occasional film appearances.
Lansbury has received an Honorary Oscar and has won five Tony Awards, six
Golden Globes, and an Olivier Award. She has also been nominated for numerous
other industry awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting
Actress on three occasions, and various Primetime Emmy Awards on eighteen
occasions. In 2014, Lansbury was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the
British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. She has been the subject of three

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