A small number of people have seen me on the stage. [Television] is a chance for me to play to a vast U.S. public, and I think that’s a chance you don’t pass up… I’m interested in reaching …
Angela Lansbury

About Angela Lansbury

Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury, DBE is a British-American actress and singer who has appeared in theatre, television and film. Her career has spanned seven decades, much of it based in the United States, and her work has attracted international attention. Lansbury was born to an upper-middle-class family in central London. To escape the Blitz, in 1940 she moved to the United States, there studying acting in New York City. Angela gained a scholarship from the American Theatre Wing allowing her to study at the Feagin School of Drama and Radio.

Proceeding to Hollywood, Los Angeles in 1942, she signed to MGM 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. Moving into musical theatre, Lansbury finally gained stardom for playing the leading role in the Broadway musical Mame (1966). 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 in 1984, she achieved worldwide fame as fictional writer and sleuth Jessica Fletcher in the American whodunit series Murder, She Wrote, which ran for twelve seasons until 1996, becoming one of the longest-running detective drama series in television history. 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.


The Wing Salutes Dame Angela Lansbury (pt. 1)

Emma Thompson honors Angela Lansbury at the 2013 Governors Awards

The Wing Salutes Dame Angela Lansbury (pt. 2)


Select Credits

  • Gore Vidal's The Best Man - Mrs. Sue-Ellen Gamadge, Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
  • A Little Night Music - Madame Armfeldt, Nov 24, 2009 - Jun 20, 2010

    2010 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee]

  • Blithe Spirit - Madame Arcati, Shubert Theatre

    2009 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play

  • Deuce - Leona Mullen, Music Box Theatre

    2007 Tony Award Best Actress in a Play [nominee]

  • Sweeney Todd - Mrs. Lovett, Gershwin Theatre

    1979 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical

  • Gypsy - Rose, Winter Garden Theatre

    1975 Tony Award® Best Actress in a Musical

  • Mame - Mame Dennis, Winter Garden Theatre

    1966 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical

  • Anyone Can Whistle - Cora Hoover Hooper, Majestic Theatre