The Passing of Angela Lansbury

Here we see Angela Lansbury and two characters that she voiced Mrs. Potts and Empress Marie. Photos from,, and

On October 11, 2022, the hearts of many were broken when the news was released that American-British actress, Angela Lansbury, had passed at age 96. She struck the hearts of many who watched her on the big screen in movie theaters or in her Broadway performances. From watching her portrayal of Mrs. Potts in the 1991 film “Beauty and the Beast,” to her iconic role as Ms. Price in “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” to her own show “Murder She Wrote” as Jessica Fletcher, and to her first Broadway debut in 1957 “Hotel Paradiso” as Marcelle. 

Angela Lansbury was an iconic actress on both the big screen and Broadway. During Lansbury’s lifetime of acting, she would go on to win multiple awards such as 5 Tony Awards, 6 Golden Globes, and 3 Oscar nominations. Her career lasted 8 decades, and within those years, she captivated the world with her talent. 

Her first movie appearance was in May 1944, when the movie “Gaslight” was released. That is when she would go on to pursue her acting career through starring roles in many classics such as “Please Murder Me!” and “Dear Heart.” Her talent for singing was then brought to Broadway when she starred in the musical, “Anyone Can Whistle” on April 11th, 1964, which was nominated for Best Choreography. 

Although she was known for acting and singing, she captivated the nation with her late-night series “Murder, She Wrote.” Her starring role as Jessica Fletcher captivated her audience with her positive humble character. The show was a big hit; it lasted 12 seasons and it brought many thrilling murder mysteries.  

An article from the New York Times quotes Angela Lansbury’s opinion of her character stating, “What appealed to me about Jessica Fletcher, is that I could do what I do best and have little chance to play — a sincere, down-to-earth woman.”  

Angela had an adventurous life, but heartache was felt throughout the nation when her sorrowful death was announced by her family. Her memory, legacy, and kindness could never be forgotten, and her influence on pop culture will continue to live on.

Written By Staff Writer: Christopher Hernandez

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