Angela Lansbury is best known for her iconic roles as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote, but just who is the actress with an eight decade career? Read on for everything you need to know about Dame Angela Lansbury. Her mother was an Irish actress called Moyna Macgill and her father was wealthy english timber merchant and politician, Edgar Lansbury. The family lived in Mill Hill, London during the week and at their rural farmhouse in Oxfordshire on the weekends, until Angela's father tragically died when she was nine and they eventually moved to live with her mother's new fiance in Hampstead. Angela was very keen on books, theatre and cinema as a child and was a self-proclaimed "complete movie maniac" before moving to the United States with her family. After living briefly in New York, she moved to Los Angeles in and signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer, proceeding to appear in eleven films with the studio. After earning an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe for her performance in Dorian Gray she went on to receive another Oscar nomination for her role in The Manchunian Candidate, confirming her place as a lauded Hollywood actress. The TV lasted for an astonishing twelve seasons - one of the longest TV detective shows in history - and made Angela a worldwide household name. Her wealth is said to be from her extensive work in film, TV and on stage and from her role as owner and executive producer of Murder, She Wrote for its final four seasons.
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Her career has spanned almost eight decades, much of it in the United States. Her work has received international attention. She is recognised as the earliest surviving Academy Award nominee. To escape the Blitz , in she moved to the United States with her mother and two brothers, and she studied acting in New York City. After her contract ended in she began supplementing her cinematic work with theatrical appearances. Although largely seen as a B-list star during this period, her appearance in the film The Manchurian Candidate received widespread acclaim, was cited as being one of her finest performances and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Moving into musical theater, Lansbury finally gained stardom for playing the leading role in the Broadway musical Mame , which earned her a range of awards. Amid difficulties in her personal life, Lansbury moved from California to County Cork , Ireland in , and continued with her theatrical and cinematic appearances throughout the decade including starring in Disney 's Bedknobs and Broomsticks and the stage musicals Gypsy , Sweeney Todd , and The King and I. Moving into television, she achieved worldwide fame as fictional writer and sleuth Jessica Fletcher in the American whodunit series Murder, She Wrote , which ran for twelve seasons from until , becoming one of the longest-running detective drama series in television history. Through Corymore Productions , a company that she co-owned with her husband Peter Shaw , Lansbury assumed ownership of the series and was its executive producer for the final four seasons.
Lansbury and her family moved to Ireland to escape Hollywood life in the 1970s
Known for taking on various roles in film, television and on stage, Angela Lansbury was nominated for an Academy Award after appearing in her first movie, Gaslight She continued her film work during the '60s and '70s while also starring in television projects. In , she debuted as Jessica Fletcher in the popular series Murder, She Wrote , which would run into the next decade.
Angela Lansbury is a British-American-Irish actress who has appeared in theatre, television and film, as well as a producer, voice actress, singer, and songwriter. Her career has spanned seven decades, much of it in the United States, and her work has attracted international attention. In , Lansbury was offered the lead role in Murder, She Wrote , which centered on the character of Jessica Fletcher, a retired school teacher from the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine. Lansbury described the character as "an American Miss Marple". The series was created by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson, and William Link. Sculptor: Richard Stiles. Visiting the site with Internet Explorer or other browsers may not provide the best viewing experience. Skip to main content.