Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury

Actress + Singer + Television Producer + Writer
Born Oct 16, 1925
Age 90
Hometown London
Religion Anglican / Episco...
Height 5' 8" (173 cm)
Nationality American
Other Names Lansbury, Angela ...
Eye Color Blue

Angela Brigid Lansbury, CBE is an English-born US-naturalized actress and singer in theatre, television, and motion pictures. Her career has spanned eight decades and earned an unsurpassed number of performance Tony Awards, with five wins. Her first film appearance was in the film Gaslight (1944) as a conniving maid, for which she received an Academy Award nomination.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Angela Lansbury.


1925 Birth Lansbury was born to an upper middle class family on 16 October 1925. … Read More
1930 4 Years Old In January 1930, when Angela was four, her mother gave birth to twin boys, Bruce and Edgar, leading the Lansburys to move from their Poplar flat to a house at 7 Weymouth Avenue, Mill Hill, North London; on weekends they would retreat to a farm in Berrick Salome, Oxfordshire. … Read More
1934 8 Years Old …  Facing financial difficulty, her mother became engaged to a Scottish colonel, Leckie Forbes, and moved into his house in Hampstead, with Angela receiving an education at South Hampstead High School from 1934 until 1939. … Read More


1942 16 Years Old 1 More Event
She graduated in March 1942, by which time the family had moved to a flat at 55 Morton Street, Greenwich Village. … Read More
1945 19 Years Old 1 More Event
On 27 September 1945, Lansbury married Richard Cromwell, an artist and decorator whose acting career had come to a standstill. … Read More


The marriage ended in less than a year when she filed for divorce on 11 September 1946, but they remained friends until his death.
1948 22 Years Old Turning to radio, in 1948 she appeared in an audio adaptation of Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage for NBC University Theatre and the following year she starred in their adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
1949 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Instead, they wed at St. Columba's Church, a place of worship under the jurisdiction of the Church of Scotland, in Knightsbridge, London in August 1949, followed by a honeymoon in France. … Read More
1950 - 1952 2 More Events
1953 27 Years Old In April 1953, her daughter Deirdre Angela Shaw was born. Shaw himself had a son by a previous marriage, David, and gaining legal custody of the boy in 1953 he brought him to California to live with the family; now with three children to care for, Lansbury moved to a larger house in San Vincente Boulevard in Santa Monica. … Read More


1957 31 Years Old In April 1957 she debuted on Broadway at the Henry Miller Theatre in Hotel Paradiso, a French burlesque set in Paris, directed by Peter Glenville. … Read More
1961 35 Years Old After a well-reviewed appearance in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (1959) – for which she had filmed in the Australian Outback – and a minor role in A Breath of Scandal (1960), she appeared in 1961's Blue Hawaii as the mother of a character played by Elvis Presley. … Read More
1962 36 Years Old In 1962 she appeared in the Cold War thriller The Manchurian Candidate as Eleanor Iselin, cast for the role by John Frankenheimer. … Read More


1966 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1966, she took on the title role of Mame Dennis in the musical Mame, Jerry Herman's musical adaptation of the novel Auntie Mame. … Read More
1968 - 1973 5 More Events
1974 48 Years Old Following the culmination of the London run, in 1974 Gypsy went on a tour of the U.S., and in Chicago Lansbury was awarded the Sarah Siddons Award for her performance.
The show eventually reached Broadway, where it ran until January 1975; a critical success, it earned Lansbury her third Tony Award. … Read More


1978 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1978, Lansbury then appeared in 24 performances of The King and I revival as Mrs Anna, replacing Constance Towers, who was on a short break; it was staged in Broadway's Uris Theatre. … Read More
1979 - 1980 2 More Events
1982 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1982, she took on the role of an upper middle class housewife who champions workers' rights in A Little Family Business, a farce set in Baltimore in which her son Anthony also starred. … Read More
1983 57 Years Old In 1983, Lansbury was offered two main television roles, one in a sitcom and the other in a detective series; although her agents advocated the former, Lansbury instead went with the latter. … Read More


1989 - 2001 4 More Events
2009 83 Years Old 1 More Event
She followed this with a portrayal of the role of Madame Arcati in the 2009 Broadway revival of Blithe Spirit, at the Shubert Theatre in March 2009. … Read More
2010 84 Years Old 1 More Event
She left the show on 20 June 2010.
2011 85 Years Old Lansbury co-starred in Mr. Popper's Penguins, opposite Jim Carrey, released in June 2011.
2012 86 Years Old In November 2012, she hosted the PBS Thanksgiving special Downton Abbey Revisited, a documentary retrospective of the Downton Abbey television series.
2013 87 Years Old 1 More Event
Lansbury and James Earl Jones starred in an Australian tour of Driving Miss Daisy, beginning at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane on 5 February 2013. … Read More
When Lansbury was nine, her father died from stomach cancer; she retreated into playing characters as a coping mechanism. In 2014, Lansbury described this event as "the defining moment of my life.
2015 89 Years Old In April 2015, in her 90th year, she received an Olivier Award as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Madame Arcati.
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