Today Angela Lansbury celebrates her 91st birthday. In her 75 year career, she has won an Oscar, 5 Tony awards, 6 Golden Globes and the Olivier.
Is she slowing down? It doesn’t look that way: last month she appeared at Lincoln Center for the 25th anniversary of Beauty and the Beast. Accompanied by composer Alan Menken, she performed the title song.
She arrived in Hollywood in the early 40’s and at age 17 earned her first Academy Award nomination for GASLIGHT. Here are a few of her early publicity photos.
MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE was a film career highlight in 1962, and led to another Academy Award nomination.
Great success continued on stage as well, beginning with MAME in 1966, for which she won her first Tony.
Oh, and there is this: she is a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Dame Angela, we salute you on your birthday !
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.
As 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.
Her first Oscar nomination came for her film debut, Gaslight, 1944.
“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.”