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ANGELA LANSBURY (Mrs. Van Gundy), an accomplished film, theater, and television actress, has won a record-setting five Tony Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, and has been nominated three times for an Academy Award. Nominated for eighteen Emmy Awards, the beloved actress is perhaps best known for her role as the crime-solving mystery writer Jessica Fletcher on the long-running television series "Murder, She Wrote.”

Not long after arriving in the United States from her native England, Lansbury made her film debut in 1944 with the thriller "Gaslight,” opposite Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer, directed by George Cukor. As the devious housemaid Nancy, Lansbury earned her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She was again nominated for an Academy Award the next year for her role in the adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray,” also starring George Sanders.

In 1963, Lansbury starred with Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey in John Frankenheimer's classic film "The Manchurian Candidate,” in a role which brought Lansbury her third Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Among Lansbury's other film credits are "The World of Henry Orient,” "The Greatest Story Ever Told,” "Something for Everyone,” "Death on the Nile,” and "The Mirror Crack'd.”

A versatile performer, Lansbury also appeared in the movie musicals "Till the Clouds Roll By,” "The Harvey Girls,” and "Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” and on Broadway in such musicals as "Mame” (1966), "Dear World” (1969), "Gypsy” (1974), and "Sweeney Todd” (1979). Lansbury won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for all four of these productions.

Lansbury then found success on the small screen, starring in the role of Jessica Fletcher in the popular TV mystery series "Murder, She Wrote.” As the diplomatic, kind, and clever Mrs. Fletcher, she earned Emmy Award nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category every year from 1985 to 1996, and won the Golden Globe four times.

After the show ended, Lansbury appeared in television movies, including several "Murder, She Wrote” specials, and in the feature film "Nanny McPhee” (2005). She also made television guest appearances, including "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” in 2005, which earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Lansbury has also lent her voice to several animated characters for such films as "Beauty and the Beast” (1991) and "Anastasia” (1997).

In 2007 Lansbury returned to Broadway, performing in the show "Deuce,” in which she played a former tennis pro who reunites with her doubles partner, played by Marian Seldes. In 2009 Lansbury appeared on Broadway in Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit,” a play about a man who is haunted by the ghost of his ex-wife. The performance earned Lansbury a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2009, tying her with actress Julie Harris for the record number of Tony wins.

Most recently, Lansbury starred on Broadway with Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 2010 revival of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music,” for which Lansbury was again honored with a Tony nomination.

Among the many honorary awards that have been bestowed on Lansbury are the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, BAFTA's Award for Lifetime Achievement, the National Medal of Arts, and the Kennedy Center Honors. In 2010 she received the Drama League Honors and was named Honorary Chair of the American Theatre Wing.

Lansbury was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 1994.

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