Angela Lansbury: The Dame is going strong

"Blithe Spirit" Broadway Opening Night After PartyAngela 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.

Angela-Lansbury-in-Blithe-001As Madame Arcati, Blithe Spirit.

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.

Angela_Lansbury_in_The_Picture_of_Dorian_Gray_trailerHer first Oscar nomination came for her film debut, Gaslight, 1944.

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Mame, 1966.

“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.”