The newly anointed Dame Angela Lansbury, soon to star in Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud theatre in London, tops the 2014 New Year’s honours list.
Dame Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury’s career has spanned seven decades and earned a record number of Tony Awards on Broadway with five wins.
Angela was born in London before moving, in 1940, to New York. Angela starred in the films Gaslight in 1944 and The Picture of Dorian Gray in 1945, earning two Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe Award.
She became a theatre star following her starring role in the Broadway musical Mame in 1966.
In 1970 Angela moved from the U.S. to Ireland.
In 1984 Angela achieved international fame as the fictional writer and sleuth Jessica Fletcher in the American murder mystery series Murder, She Wrote, which ran for 12 seasons until 1996.
Angela has subsequently appeared in numerous films including Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Beauty and the Beast.
Dame Angela Lansbury has won five Tony Awards, six Golden Globes and has been nominated for numerous other industry awards, including the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress on three occasions, and eighteen Emmy Awards.
From the 1st March 2014 Dame Angela returns to London’s West End for the first time in 30 years, reprising her role as Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s comedy play Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud theatre in London.
Other notable New Year’s honours in the theatre world include actress Penelope Keith being made a Dame and former theatre owner Michael Codron receiving a knighthood. The original Phantom of the Opera star, actor and singer, Michael Crawford receives a CBE whilst much cherished actress Lynda Bellingham receives an OBE.