Dame Angela Lansbury, a British-American actress (she has dual citizenship), has an acting career spanning seven decades in theatre, films and television. Angela Lansbury 1945bShe first came to Hollywood in 1942 and landed her first role as the cheeky, sassily wicked cockney maid in “Gaslight” in 1944. MBDGASL EC050She was just 17 years old and received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the role. angela-lansbury-1944Unfortunately her career with MGM never really took off, always being cast in supporting roles, which in my opinion was a huge mistake on their part, and she stayed on the “B” list of actresses until she got fed up and left in 1952 when she terminated her contract with them. 51J3yhqDU+L._SY445_ “I kept wanting to play the Jean Arthur roles, and Mr Mayer kept casting me as a series of venal bitches.” -Angela Lansbury Angela Lansbury 1948 She went on to act in more movies as a freelance actress, but Lansbury found herself typecast as an older, maternal figure. “Hollywood made me old before my time”, noting that in her twenties she was receiving fan mail from people who believed her to be in her forties. I think it’s wonderful that she didn’t give up and continued to re-ignite her career on the stage and in television. Angela Lansbury 1945a I will always remember her as Jessica Fletcher in the popular TV mystery series Murder, She Wrote, which ran for 12 years. For me, she was the American Miss Marple. She is quite the role model, remaining active even into her 80’s, playing Madame Arcati in London’s West End in a revival of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit just last year at the age of 88 years young. Well done Angela Lansbury!

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