Angela Lansbury was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on New Years Day 2014. Now she is set to return to the London stage after a 40 year absence, playing Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, a role for which she earned a Tony award on Broadway.
Dame Lansbury “has defied the laws of nature,” writes the Guardian. She has won 5 Tony awards, including Best Actress for Mame, Gypsy, and Sweeney Todd, plus two additional nominations. She has been nominated for three Oscars, and received an Academy Honorary Award. Lansbury has been nominated for 15 Golden Globes, winning 6 times. Her first Emmy nomination for Little Gloria Happy At Last was followed by 17 more nominations, including 12 consecutive nominations for every year of Murder She Wrote.
“Doesn’t she get tired?” the Telegraph asks. ‘I’m the bionic woman,’” Lansbury replies. “‘It surprises me that I didn’t get left behind,’ she says. ‘I’ve always managed to keep up. In the process of keeping busy, I’ve always stayed relevant. And that is a surprise to me.’
“And when this job is over she’ll be ‘on the market again’. She likes to feel there is something coming up. Something to look forward to.”