Lansbury, Angela

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Lansbury, Angela Gender: F
Angela Brigid Lansbury
born on 16 October 1925 at 00:45 (= 12:45 AM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 22°08' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 01°29 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 21°29'

Angela Lansbury


British-American-Irish actress who has played many theatre, television, and film roles. Her career has spanned almost eight decades, much of it in the United States. Her work has received much international attention. She is recognized as the earliest surviving Academy Award nominee and one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema.

Lansbury is said to be as gracious personally as she is on camera. She achieved stardom in the '60s, first as a Broadway musical star in Mame then, from 1984 to 1996, as Jessica Fletcher in the popular hit TV series, Murder She Wrote.

Lansbury was the daughter of a lumber merchant and a noted stage actress, Irish beauty Moyna MacGill, Lansbury's dad passed away when she was nine. It was her grandfather who was a noted public figure, a Labour Party leader. Her sister Isolde married Peter Ustinov. Her mother took her and her twin brothers to the U.S. during wartime, in 1940. The family was always close and mutually supportive.

Lansbury's film debut as a cockney maid in Gaslight in 1944 brought in her first of three Oscar nominations, along with The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Her starring role in the Broadway musical Mame (1966) won four Tony Awards and established her as a gay icon. She has done voice-over for the Disney studio in a main screen production and the ensuing video series releases.

Lansbury made an early marriage at 20 for nine months to Richard Cromwell, who was gay and trying to convince himself that it was not so. She then settled into a productive and happy enduring marriage to studio executive Peter Shaw on 12 August 1949 in London; they had three children. They commuted between a home in Los Angeles and an apartment in New York.

While her kids were in their early teens, Lansbury had a problem common to many parents with her kids getting into hard drugs. It seemed an appropriate move in 1970 after a firestorm destroyed her Malibu house, that she and Peter move the family to Ireland. They commuted for the next ten years and after the great popularity of Murder,, the family continued to spend two months a year in Europe.

Lansbury has suffered with debilitating arthritis for many years. Her second hip replacement was done in May 1994 when she had her left hip replaced by surgeon Dr. John Moreland who did the surgery also for Liz Taylor. She was up and about in just two weeks following surgery, attending a gala at Jimmy's Restaurant in Beverly Hills.

She was widowed when Peter Shaw died of coronary arrest on 29 January 2003. She and the gracious theater agent were married for 53 years, from 1949 to 2003.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • friend relationship with Arthur, Bea (born 13 May 1922)
  • role played of/by Anne, Queen of France (born 22 September 1601 (greg.)). Notes: 1948 film "The Three Musketeers"
  • role played of/by Lee, Gypsy Rose (born 9 February 1914). Notes: 1973-1975 musical "Gypsy"


  • Relationship : Marriage 27 September 1945 (Richard Cromwell)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1946 (Richard Cromwell)
  • Social : Acquired Citizenship 1951 (USA)

Source Notes

Karen Christino quotes her in AFA DX No.88

Biography: Martin Gottfried, "Balancing Act, the Authorized Biography of Angela Lansbury," Little-Brown, 1999.


  • Traits : Personality : Loved by all
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Hip, knee)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Cosmetic surgery (On her neck, twice)
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Upper-middle-class)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Second marriage)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (Second marriage)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film, TV, radio, stage)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Voice-Over
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted (Dame)
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar (Honorary)
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service
  • Notable : Awards : Tony (Five)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Gay icon)