Angela Lansbury, legend of television and cinema, dies

During the last hours Hollywood lost one of its greatest legends. As reported by The New York Times, actress Angela Lansbury died Tuesday at the age of 96 while she was in her home.

“Angela Lansbury’s children are saddened to announce that their mother passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles at 1:30 a.m. local time, just five days shy of her 97th birthday,” the statement shared by her family read. .

Lansbury in 1990 after winning at the Golden Globes. Photo: AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File

Born in London on October 16, 1925, the interpreter was responsible for a varied and forceful career on American soil, where she landed with her mother and brothers in 1940, in the midst of World War II.

He first lived in New York and then in Los Angeles, but would end up reigning on both coasts of the United States. After being discovered by screenwriter John van Druten, she landed a memorable supporting role in Gaslight (1944), a George Cukor film that earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

I would repeat the candidacy the following year for The picture of Dorian Gray (1945), by Albert Lewin, and later by The Manchurian candidate (1962), by John Frankenheimer, until winning an honorary statuette in 2014, an instance in which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrated it as “an entertainment icon who has created some of cinema’s most memorable charactersinspiring generations of actors.”

A fame that he cultivated thanks to titles such as A long hot summer (1958); BlueHawaii (1961), along with Elvis Presley; pranks of a witch (1971) and Nanny McPhee, the magical lullaby (2005).

The actress in 2016. Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

Loved by audiences and critics alike, Lansbury also had a brilliant run on Broadway, where she added experience since the late 1950s and won five Tony Awards for titles such as mom, gypsy Y sweeney todd, in addition to a lifetime achievement award that was awarded at this year’s ceremony.

But probably the role that gave him the most popularity and recognition was at the center of a television production: the novelist Jessica Fletcher, exclusive protagonist of the crime reporterthe series that spanned 12 years and earned him the same number of Emmy nominations (no awards), a record number in the history of the awards, and four wins at the Golden Globes.

“Suddenly I became a world-renowned character like Jessica Fletcher and really got a huge audience, which I have to this day. That was what really made me a star in everyone’s minds,” she said in 2013, when she took issue with NBC giving a reboot project with Octavia Spencer the same name. An idea that ultimately did not prosper.

The interpreter in 1966. Photo: AP Photo, File

In another facet of his career, Lansbury lent his voice to Beauty and the Beast (1991) –as Mrs. Potts– and Anastasia (1991), and was reunited with Disney in Mary Poppins Returns (2018). An epilogue to her career in which she also participated in a three-episode television version of little women (2017), where she played Aunt March.

“I would like to be remembered as someone who entertained,” she said in a 1998 interview. “Who transported you to a different place, gave you relief, gave you entertainment, gave you joy and laughter, tears, all those things. I would like to be remembered as someone who was able to do that.”