Angela Lansbury was made a Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. The bi-annual royal Honors List rewards people who have made a positive contribution to their community or nation. Lansbury is one of thousands honored since the Order of the British Empire was created in 1917.
The iconic actress was specifically honored for her work as a performer and her charitable contributions. As reported by ABC News, Lansbury was previously honored with a Commander of the British Empire award for her commitment to philanthropy.
As reported by Hollywood.com, the Murder, She Wrote star is thrilled to receive the honor:
“I’m joining a marvellous group of women I greatly admire like Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. It’s a lovely thing to be given that nod of approval by your own country and I really cherish it.”
Angela Lansbury is a native of London, England. However, she moved to the United States in 1940 to pursue a career in acting. She got her big break with the role of Nancy in the 1944 film Gaslight. Although it was a supporting role, her memorable performance led to an Academy Award nomination.
A versatile performer, Lansbury also appeared in several live musical productions including Mame, Dear World, and Gypsy. In 1971, she also appeared in the musical film Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
In 1984, Lansbury began her most popular and memorable role in the series Murder, She Wrote. Playing the role of Jessica Fletcher, Lansbury was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 11 years in a row.
Following the cancellation of Murder, She Wrote, the accomplished actress went on to appear in several films and television series. In 2009, she returned to the stage as a supporting actress in Blithe Spirit. Biography.com reports her enchanting performance won her a Tony for Best Supporting Actress.
Although the 88-year-old actress has retired from the stage and screen, her work is legendary. Joining Angela Lansbury on the New Year’s Honors List is actress Penelope Keith and Dr. Marcus Setchell, who delivered Prince George.
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