Angela Lansbury ‘Murder, She Wrote’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Star Dies at 96

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It was a career associated with murder and writing, but mostly, Angela Lansbury will be remembered as an accomplished actress who once ruled the small screen.

Lansbury, 96, has died, her family announced.

“The children of Dame Angela Lansbury are sad to announce that their mother died peacefully in her sleep at home in Los Angeles at 1:30 AM today, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, just five days shy of her 97th birthday,” her family said in a statement

Lansbury was perhaps best known among the current generation for her role as Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote, which aired on CBS from 1984-96. Fletcher was a mystery writer and amateur detective, and Lansbury played the part with both drama and humor, creating a hit that remains in syndication today.

Lansbury, of course, was a star in many other roles, from her breakthrough role in National Velvet to Beauty and the Beast. She was one of the first faces of what was later considered the Golden Age of Hollywood, her career spanning as far back as 1944.

Long considered one of the industry’s most versatile actresses, Lansbury also won five Tony Awards for her work on Broadway. She was also inducted into the TV Hall of Fame in 1996.

Murder, She Wrote has given me more worldwide attention than any other role I played in the movies or on the stage,” she said in 2013 while receiving an honorary Academy Award. “It’s a wonderful thing to be known in Spain, Portugal, in Paris, in France and Germany and everywhere.”

Lansbury was born on Oct. 16, 1925 in Regent’s Park, London.

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