The English actress is still active, and because of her birthday we collected some interesting things about her which are not so known information. Angela Lansbury was born on 16th October in 1925 in London as the daughter of a politician, Edgar Lansbury. He had been famous for being the representative both of the Labour Party and the Communist Party, but in 1915 he participated in the suffrage movement as well: he was the respected treasurer of their East-London alliance.

However, Angela Lansbury never followed his father: instead, she has been an actress since 1944.

Her first role was in the thriller, Gaslight besides Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman. It which was a movie not directed by Hitchcock but by George Cukor in Hitchcock’s style. Being the maid in Gaslight was a minor supporting role but later the actress got many main roles too. She got so many offers that she couldn’t accept all. One of the most exciting roles Angela Lansbury refused was nurse Ratched in the adaptation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest directed by Milos Forman – Lansbury could have played by the side of Jack Nicholson.

Unfortunately, her private life was full of tragedies. Her son, Anthony (Anthony Pullen Shaw) suffered from cocaine and heroin addictions. After he had completely recovered, he became a director and instructed her mother in 68 episodes of the crime series "Murder, She Wrote".

As for rewards, her career is unfortunately not complete, she was nominated for the Emmy 18 times during her career (for "Murder, She Wrote" most of the time), but she never got the award.

Not many people know that Lansbury’s singing voice is also excellent, so she sang the Disneyanimation movie’s, Beauty and the Beast’s original song.

First she wanted to refuse the offer; she wanted another character to sing it, but finally she accepted it. However, she didn’t manage to sing the record well for the first time. But in 1992 this song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Jessica Fletcher, the grandma-aged detective and writer in "Murder, She Wrote" has been one of the most significant roles in her life. But she didn’t get it easily, because the producers wanted to see Jean Stapleton on the screen for first, then they wanted to choose Doris Day.

But Lansbury’s earlier impersonations of “old detective ladies” (she formed Miss Marple in The Mirror Crack'd, and she appeared in another Agatha Christie adaptation too, in Death on the Nile) convinced the producers. With her in the main role the series became such a big success that it had 12 seasons and 265 episodes.

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