Angela Lansbury, an Irish-British-American actress, and singer, who had entertained us with her versatile roles, died at 96.
Angela Lansbury, the actress who gave her beautiful voice to the famous character from Disney Princess Belle from “Beauty and Beast” and made the character alive, the actress who exhibits her tremendous talent in different genres of films including The Manchurian Candidate, Gaslight, The Long, Hot Summer, and many more has died on Tuesday, 11th October 2022.
The news of this demise was announced by Angela Lansbury’s three children. As per the announcement, the actor who portrayed the courageous role of Jessica Fletcher, a mystery writer, and amateur detective in “Murder, she wrote”, died peacefully in her sleep, at her home in Los Angeles.
Angela Lansbury died in the afternoon around 1:30 a.m. on 11th October just five days before her birth anniversary, which was on 16th October.
Angela Lansbury was close to her family and lived with her three children Anthony, Deirdre, and David, and three grandchildren, Peter, Katherine, and Ian. She also has five great-grandchildren and her brother, Edgar George McIldowie Lansbury, who is a theatre, television, and film producer.
According to the statement from her family, a private ceremony will be held, which will be attended by her family only, and the date of the ceremony is not yet announced.
Childhood Life of Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury was born on 16th October 1925 in the district of St Pancras in Central London. Angela was brought up in an upper-middle-class family. Lansbury once said that she had ancestral connections to Poplar but was born in Regent’s Park, Central London. Lansbury was born from Edgar Lansbury, the wealthy English timber merchant, politician, and Belfast-born actress Moyna Macgill, who appeared regularly on stage in the West End and also done several films. Angela had three siblings, an elder half-sister, Isolde, who was the daughter of her mother Moyna Macgill’s first husband Reginald Denham, writer, and director, and two younger twin brothers Bruce and Edgar.
Angela Lansbury’s acting life and Other Interests
Moyna Macgill, Angela’s mother introduced her to the theatrical life.
When Angela Lansbury was nine years old her father Edgar Lansbury died of stomach cancer. After her father’s death, Angela’s family faced financial problems due to which, her mother Moyna Macgill her mother became engaged to a Scottish colonel, Leckie Forbes, and moved into his house in Hampstead, where Angela continued her studies from South Hampstead High School from 1934 until 1939. Despite all these difficulties, Angela self-educated herself and gained knowledge from books theatres, and movies. Angela made herself so involved in the movies that she used to visit regularly to the cinema and imagine herself to be like a certain character from the cinema.
Other than acting Angela had also an interest in playing piano for which she shortly studied music at the Ritman School of Dancing. In 1940 Angela Lansbury began studying acting at the Webber Douglas School of Singing and Dramatic Art in Kensington, West London. Angela first appeared onstage as a lady-in-waiting in the school’s production of Maxwell Anderson’s Mary of Scotland.
Married Life of Angela
Angela Lansbury was married twice. Angela first married to actor Richard Cromwell, when she was 19 years old but that turned out to be a disaster as the actor was gay. In one of her interviews with the “People“, Angela told that her first great romance was a tragedy. Lansbury added that she was young at that time and she wanted glamour and attention, so she got married to the 35 years old actor. The two separated and after nine months of their separation, Angela got to know that, Richard was Gay.
Angela then got married to actor and producer Peter Shaw, in 1960 and the two remained together till the death of Peter Shaw in 2003.
Angela Lansbury was a great actress and singer, loving mother caring sister and we will always remember her for her great performances.