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In 1971 she created her own Julie Andrews-type of benevolent, magical caregiver in the hit Disney film Bedknobs & Broomsticks. But her most iconic role arrived in the ’80s; when offered both a sitcom and a detective series, she wisely chose the latter, and the rest is TV history. Most American TV viewers know Lansbury as the intrepid Jessica Fletcher, homespun detective of the unusually crime-laden small town of Cabot Cove, Maine. The series ran for 12 years, from 1984 to 1996, followed by a few TV movies. Lansbury was nominated for a Best Actress Emmy 12 times for the role, never winning; she also received 10 Golden Globe nominations as Jessica Fletcher, winning three times.

After Murder, She Wrote, Lansbury’s next iconic turn came as the voice of the teapot, Mrs. Potts, in the Disney classic Beauty & The Beast. Although she was also Emmy nominated for a later role on Law & Order, she didn’t win. As she also received an honorary Oscar in 2014, as well as a Grammy for the Beauty & The Beast soundtrack, she was only a hair away from becoming an EGOT winner.

Angela Lansbury was married twice. Her marriage to first husband Richard Cromwell only lasted a year; she found out he was gay after the marriage ended, and they remained good friends. Her second marriage, to Peter Shaw, lasted 53 years until his death in 2003. They had two children: Deidre Shaw, who is a writer and producer on Jane The Virgin and Anthony Pullen Shaw, who worked with his mother on Murder, She Wrote, as did David Shaw, Peter Shaw’s son by his first marriage.


Even in her ’90s, Lansbury scarcely slowed down: In recent years she has shown up as the Balloon Lady in Mary Poppins Returns, the voice of the mayor in The Grinch, and Aunt March in the Little Women mini-series. Her final role will be in the forthcoming Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Rest in peace to a showbusiness legend.