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Birthdate :October 16, 1925
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Angela Lansbury Timeline
1930Granddaughter of George Lansbury, British Labour Party leader in 1930s.
1945Daughter of actress Moyna MacGill, who appeared with her in The Picture of Dorian Gray and Kind Lady .
1946Her singing voice was dubbed in The Harvey Girls .
1950She was considered for the role of Miss Caswell in All About Eve , but Marilyn Monroe was cast in the part instead.
19511951: Became a U.S. citizen.
1953Daughter: Deirdre Angela Shaw, born April 26, 1953, Los Angeles, California.
1955She and Mildred Natwick were both in The Court Jester and were reunited in an episode of "Murder, She Wrote" ("Murder in the Electric Cathedral") 30 years later.
1955She was reunited with The Court Jester co-star Glynis Johns in the "Murder, She Wrote" episode "Sing a Song of Murder" (#27) 29 years after that film.
1962Her performance as Mrs. John Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate is ranked #91 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
1962Her performance as Mrs. John Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate is ranked #21 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains for villains.
1962Wearing just conventional makeup (i.e., not studio made-up to look "old"), she was most chilling and unforgettable (and convincing!) as the manipulating mother of Laurence Harvey in The Manchurian Candidate , while in real life being scarcely three years Harvey's senior.
1966She has been the co-recipient of 3 Grammy Awards for the Broadway stage shows, "Mame" and "Sweeney Todd" in which she played the female lead.
1969Cousin of Oliver Postgate, the producer and voice behind the classic BBC TV series "The Clangers" and such shows such as "Ivor the Engine" .
1975She was offered the role of "Nurse Ratchet" in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest but turned it down because she didn't think she could handle the role.
1978While filming Death on the Nile , aboard ship, no one was allowed his or her own dressing room, so she shared a dressing room with Bette Davis and Maggie Smith.
1978She reunited with Death on the Nile co-star Olivia Hussey in the "Murder, She Wrote" episode "Sing a Song of Murder" (#27), seven years after that film. Olivia played Rosalie Otterbourne in the movie and she was the daughter of Salome Otterbourne, played by Lansbury.
1982She was one of the last guest stars on "Newhart" .
19822005: To date, she is the only actress with more than two nominations in Tony Award competition to go undefeated, having won all four for which she was nominated. Her Tony wins, all in the Best Actress (Musical) category, are: in 1966, "Mame"; in 1969, "Dear World"; the musical version of "The Madwoman of Chaillot"; in 1975, a revival of "Gypsy"; and, in 1979, "Sweeney Todd", a performance she recreated in the television production of the same title, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (TV).
1984On the last episode of "Murder, She Wrote" , she didn't work on the final day of production as there was too much emotion going on.
1984She has been nominated 12 times for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series on "Murder, She Wrote" , plus four more before, during and after the series, but didn't win.
19851985: She accepted the Oscar for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" on behalf of Peggy Ashcroft, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony.
1991Cousin to Coral Lansbury, (died 4/4/1991), Rutgers University Camden Campus Dean of the Graduate School of English and mother to Australian Liberal Party leader, Malcolm Turnbull.
1993She was a longtime friend of the late Bob Hope and gave a speech at his memorial service on 27 August 2003. She and Hope appeared on Bob Hope: The First 90 Years (TV), and she sang with him.
1994She was awarded a C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to drama in 1994.
19971997: She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, DC.
2000July 21, 2000: She withdrew from a Broadway musical, "The Visit," due to her husband's impending heart surgery.
20002000: She was the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center Honors in 2000 for her services to the arts.
2005July 14, 2005: She had knee replacement surgery.
20062006: To date, she has hosted (or co-hosted) more Tony Awards telecasts than any other individual: .
2007She was nominated for the 2007 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Drama for "Deuce".
2009With her 2009 Tony Award for Actress in a Featured Role in a Play on June 7, 2009, she and Julie Harris are the only two actresses to win five Tony Awards.
2009She was awarded the 2009 Tony Award for Actress in A Featured Role in a Play for her performance in "Blithe Spirit" on Broadway in New York City.