Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury


10/16/1925, London, England

Birth Name

Angela Brigid MacGill Lansbury



Also Known As

Angela Landsbury
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Angela Brigid MacGill Lansbury was born on the 16th of October, 1925. She was the first child of Edgar Lansbury and Moyna MacGill (Charlotte Lillian McIldowie), married in 1924. Angela is best know for her role of Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote (1984 - 1996) but got…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Beginning with the 7th season of her show Murder, She Wrote, she would always announce her plan to bring the show to end during the course of that season but somehow she would change her mind.

    • Murder, She Wrote was not the first time Angela portrayed a detective. She starred as Miss Jane Marple in the 1980 film version of Agatha Christi's The Mirror Crack'd.

    • Angela was one of the speakers at Jerry Orbach's memorial service in 2005.

    • In the 1950s, Peter won custody of his son, David, and then he and Angela agreed that the time had come to bring over the ten-year-old boy. David was born in 1944, while Peter was still married with Mercia Squires, a model he knew in London.

    • Deirdre Angela Shaw was Angela and Peter's second child together, Deirdre was born on April 26, 1953, at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital.

    • Anthony Peter Shaw was Angela and Peter's first child together, Anthony was born on January 7, 1952 in Angela and Peter's home in Encino (San Fernando Valley).

    • In 1998, Angela played the voice of Anastasia's Grandmother in the cartoon movie Anastasia.

    • In the 1980s, when Angela Lansbury decided to get into television, she narrowed her choices down to two potential series. One was a Norman Lear sitcom where she would co-star with Charles Durning. The other was Murder, She Wrote.

    • In 2007, during an appearance on The View to promote her new play Deuce, Angela Lansbury said she hoped to play Jessica Fletcher again in a 2-hour movie.

    • Angela's brother, Bruce Lansbury, has participated as a writer in 10 episodes on the her now famous TV series Murder, She Wrote and the TV movie Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle in 2003.

    • She has a half sister, Reginald Denham, from her mother's first marriage and a nice from this half sister, Tamara Ustinov.

    • She has two brothers, Edgar Lansbury and Bruce Lansbury.

    • Her mother as an actress, Moyna MacGill, and both appear together in 2 movies: "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945) and "Kind Lady" (1951).

    • Angela's co-star in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Hurd Hatfield, guest-starred on three episodes of Murder, She Wrote. The two became lifelong friends during the filming of the movie.

    • Angela's stepson, David Shaw, was married to Dukes of Hazzard star Catherine Bach from 1976-81.

    • Angela has performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in their annual public Christmas concerts at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    • Angela's son, Anthony, was for a time a follower of the Charles Manson gang.

    • Angela actually appeared on screen with her mother, actress Moyna MacGill, in the 1945 film The Picture of Dorian Gray.

    • Angela was nominated 12 times for her portrayal of "Jessica Fletcher" on Murder She Wrote from 1984-1996.

    • Even though she played his mother in the 1962 film The Manchurian Candidate, Angela was barely 3 years older than actor Laurence Harvey.

    • In 1997, she was the recipient of the National Medal of the Arts.

    • Angela was longtime friends with Bob Hope and even gave a speech at his memorial service on August 27th, 2003.

    • Angela revealed in 2003 that her first husband Richard Cromwell was gay, but that she didn't find out until years after their divorce.

    • Angela was offered the role of "Nurse Ratched" in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but turned it down because she didn't think she could handle the role.

    • While filming the 1978 film Death on the Nile, Angela shared her dressing room with Bette Davis and Maggie Smith.

    • On July 14, 2005, Angela had to have knee replacement surgery after falling at a Stephen Sondheim tribute at the Hollywood Bowl.

    • Angela was only 19 years old when she nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the 1944 film Gaslight. She was nominated twice more, in 1946 and 1963, for The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Manchurian Candidate, respectively. All three nominations were in the category of "Best Actress in a Supporting Role"

    • Angela's father, Edgar Lansbury, was a British lumber merchant.

    • Angela's mother was Moyna MacGill, a well known actress herself.

    • Angela and her family moved to America in the 1940s because of World War II.

    • Angela became a U.S. citizen in 1951.

    • Angela is the only actress to go undefeated in a Tony Awards competition, having won all 4 for which she was nominated.

    • In 2000, she was the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center Honors.

    • Angela was awarded an honorary C.B.E. from the British Government through Queen Elizabeth II.

    • Angela is the granddaughter of George Lansbury who was the British Labour Party leader in 1930s.

    • Angela holds the record for the most Emmy nominations without a win.

    • Angela was nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for all 12 seasons as Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote, although she never won.

    • Angela won the role of Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote after fellow actress Jean Stapleton turned it down.

  • Quotes

    • Angela Lansbury: I'm a character actress. I can play anything, and my entire career was built on that premise. That's the reason I am what I am today.

    • Angela Lansbury: People find mysteries extremely satisfying. There's a beginning, middle and end. You solve the mystery along with me. Like a crossword puzzle. It's a perfect recipe. Children watch the show with their parents or grandparents. The show is sort of a lollipop.

    • Angela Lansbury: What appealed to me about Jessica Fletcher is that I could do what I do best and have little chance to play - a sincere, down-to-earth woman. Mostly, I've played very spectacular bitches. Jessica has extreme sincerity, compassion, extraordinary intuition. I'm not like her. My imagination runs riot. I'm not a pragmatist. Jessica is.

    • Angela Lansbury: I found that people were helping me across the street. I had to pull myself up the stairs. I began to feel ancient, and I feel very young at heart.

    • Angela Lansbury: I'm in a very enviable position, being able to work like this 45 years later. It's always beginning! I never have a sense of finishing up, just new things beginning. When I die, they're going to carry me off a stage.

  • the murder she wrote queen!

    Angela Lansbury has been recognized since shw appeared and played the best character in Murder She Wrote which has been much-admired as one of the best suspense TV series during the 80's despite of the imaginary script. No one will not get addicted with the show's plot because it covers with great entertainment and suspense! I really adore Angela Lansbury with her character here and she played constantly amazing up to the very last episode! I'm one of the biggest fans of Murder She Wrote and I searched all over the web to look for a good copy and placed an order at dvdbooth. com . I am glad that I received great quality DVDs and I'm now on Season 3. I really miss watching this show and I'm thankful to watch the episodes all over again.moreless
  • Angela Lansbury has been one of the most influential actors of the last century. She has been in countless movies, Broadway shows, and TV roles, but she is best known by American TV audiences as Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote.moreless

    When I was a child, my brother and I took turns picking laserdiscs to play. He always chose Smokey and the Bandit and I always chose Bedknobs and Broomsticks. When I got older, I found I loved Angela Lansbury in Murder, She Wrote. This summer I saw Ms. Lansbury on Broadway in Deuce. I was so excited I cried most of the play. I had front row center seats and I could have touched her, though that would have been very inappropriate. Her faux fan in the play observed very much the same thing. Every Christmas, I listen to her Broadway recording from Aunt Mame "We need a little Christmas."moreless