She Writes Murder star Angela Lansbury dies at 96

Nominated for the Oscars from her first role, at 19, she won six Golden Globes, including four for the American series She writes murder (Murder, She Wrote), where she camped an author of detective novels, also an amateur detective in her spare time. His entire career was rewarded with an honorary Oscar in 2013.

The actress died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles […]five days just before his 97e anniversaryexplained his family in a statement sent to many media.

I’ve had an incredibly interesting and varied career that has taken me all around the worldrejoiced in 2014 this British naturalized American, become the most famous of the novelists-detectives of the small screen.

Broadcast from 1984 to 1996 on CBS, then worldwide, She writes murder has received a shower of awards, Emmys and Golden Globes combined. At 91, the actress, still as lively, confided her desire to play one last time the role of Jessica Fletcher, whom she had agreed to play, originally, only for the money. She earned up to US$300,000 per episode.

Restricted to supporting roles

Angela Lansbury in 1955

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Trained in Hollywood in the 1940s, the young Venetian blonde, with big owl eyes and a round face, did not correspond to the standards of beauty of the time and remained confined to supporting roles despite a very promising debut.

She had crazy talent and they didn’t know what to do with herlamented in 1998 Hurd Hatfield, his partner in the film The Picture of Dorian Grayfor which she won the 1946 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.

Because I was not a great beauty, I played people much older than mesaid the actress who played the mother of Elvis Presley in the musical Under the blue sun of Hawaiiat the age of 35.

Born on October 16, 1925 in London, into a family of politicians (her grandfather George Lansbury led the Labor Party in the 1930s) and performing artists, she fled the war for the United States, after the death of his father.

From cinema to theater

It was his mother, an Irish actress, who allowed him through acquaintances to land his first role in haunting (gas light), in 1944, a psychological thriller by George Cukor with Ingrid Bergman. This role of seductive and disturbing servant earned her an Oscar nomination in a supporting role and a seven-year contract at MGM studios. She was then 19 years old.

A woman behind a lectern holds an oscar in her hands.

Angela Lansbury received her honorary Oscar on November 16, 2013.

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In 1948, after a first marriage with actor Richard Cromwell, the young woman met Peter Shaw, who became her impresario and her husband until his death in 2003. She temporarily slowed down her career after the birth of their two children, 1952 and 1953.

It was then on Broadway that she enjoyed significant success. With Momin 1966, a musical about the New York bourgeoisie during the Depression, she won her first Tony Award.

In 1970, she moved with her family to the Irish countryside to save her daughter and son from the influence of drugs. His daughter had also fallen at the time into the meshes of the sect led by Charles Manson. Series She writes murder then arrives at the right time.

In 2009, she received her fifth Tony Award, for Blithe Spirita theatrical comedy resumed in London in 2014 where she declared, at 89, to still have excessive energy.

Angela Lansbury leaves behind three children, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, as well as her brother, according to the press release. A private ceremony for the family will be held on a date to be determined.added his relatives.

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She Writes Murder star Angela Lansbury dies at 96