Dame Angela Lansbury, best known for her roles in Murder, She Wrote, Beauty and The Beast, as well as her Broadway performances, passed away at 96.
Lansbury, a British-Irish and American actor, had millions of fans worldwide thanks to her versatility and longevity in the entertainment industry.
Her death was confirmed by her family. The statement read:
"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 a.m. today, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, just five days shy of her 97th birthday."
The iconic actress was survived by her three children, Anthony, Deirdre, and David, three grandchildren, Peter, Katherine, and Ian, five great-grandchildren, and her brother, producer Edgar Lansbury.
Angela's husband, Peter Shaw, died in 2003. They were together for over five decades.
Previously, she was married to Richard Cromwell. Angela was only 19, and it turned out that her husband was gay. The two separated months after getting married and stayed friends until he died in 1960.
The London-born actress played Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote for 12 years. The mystery writer turned detective was adored by the audience worldwide, as Lansbury captivated people with her wit and presence.
Following the end of the CBS series, she wanted to spend time with her late husband. After his death, she did not plan on working, but she returned to Broadway in 2009.
Lansbury's life was challenging in numerous ways, but she handled everything with poise and grace. She displayed durability, flexibility, and work discipline. Though she was a superstar, she enjoyed the peace and living away from the spotlight.
Dame Angela was among the most awarded actors, primarily for her work in theater. She won five Tony awards and an honorary Oscar. Her colorful life experiences only strengthened her and made her acting more authentic.
For 75 years, Lansbury graced big and small screens and played in the theater. Among her most notable movies was The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Three Musketeers, The Long Hot Summer, and Blue Hawaii, to name a few.
She will be missed, but her legacy will continue for generations.