At age 96, Angela Lansbury passed away peacefully in her sleep. We look at famous photos of young Angela taken at the time of her big break in Hollywood.
The family of the renowned Irish-British-American actress acknowledged Tuesday’s death in a statement to NBC. She went away in her sleep.
Five days shy of her 97th birthday, Dame Angela Lansbury passed away peacefully in her sleep at home in Los Angeles at 1:30 AM today, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, according to a statement from her daughters.
We examine the actress’ early years, career, and continuing impact on succeeding generations.
The Famous Photo of A Young Angela Lansbury
Before getting her big break in Hollywood, Angela Lansbury worked as a model. Angela spent a brief period of time working at a department shop in Los Angeles prior to making her acting debut in the 1944 psychological thriller Gaslight.
Angela portrayed Nancy Oliver, a young maid in Gaslight who had a snide attitude toward Paula Alquist, the lady of the house (played by Ingrid Bergman).
Angela garnered a tonne of accolades for her role and a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars as a result of her outstanding performance. The film received a total of seven Oscar nominations, including Best Motion Picture and Best Screenplay.
Angela got a seven-year deal with MGM and went on to star alongside Hurd Hatfield in the films National Velvet (1944) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945).
Angela’s Other Famous Movie Roles
Angela went on to star in 11 more motion pictures for MGM until her contract expired in 1952 as a result of her success in Gaslight and The Picture of Dorian Gray.
The actress discussed her early roles in the industry with the LA Times in 2014, saying: “Looking back I used up a lot of valuable years in making horrible movies at MGM, and let’s face it, they were not wonderful or acceptable parts for me.”
One of Angela’s most enduring roles was undoubtedly that of Eleanor Shaw, the mother of Laurence Harvey’s Raymond, in The Manchurian Candidate from 1962.
The actress also appeared in various Disney films, such as Mary Poppins Returns (2018), 1991’s Oscar-nominated animated feature Beauty and the Beast, and the 1971 musical Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
An image of Angela from the 1946 motion picture The Harvey Girls.
Angela’s Beloved Role in Murder, She Wrote
Jessica Fletcher, a prominent character in the popular television series Murder, She Wrote, which ran from 1984 to 1996, was another memorable part that Angela performed.
In her role as a mystery author and amateur detective, Jessica worked to solve a string of killings that occurred in the made-up town of Cabot Cove, Maine.
The actress described the well-known role to The New York Times in 2009 and said: “I had a lot of say in it, and I didn’t want the character to be weird.
“I desired that she be genuine. I didn’t want to have to maintain a façade throughout the day, which is what watching television may feel like at times.
After the show, Angela appeared in additional Murder, She Wrote films in the same capacity.