Angela Lansbury never planned on retiring: 'I'll pass away with one hand on my script'

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By Carina Murphy

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Legendary actor Angela Lansbury passed away at her home in Los Angeles yesterday (October 11).

The 96-year-old star had a generations-long career that saw her star in everything from Broadway shows to blockbuster movies to the iconic TV show Murder She Wrote.

For her roles, the Irish-British and American star won five Tony Awards, was nominated for three Oscars and was awarded an honorary Academy Award for her lifetime achievement in film in 2013. She was even named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the late Queen Elizabeth II.

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With such an accomplished career under her belt, many expected Lansbury to slow down toward the end of her life. However, in an interview with Larry King a few years ago, the then 93-year-old made it perfectly clear she had no such plans.

During their conversation, King asked the Bedknobs and Broomsticks star: "Never think of retiring?"

Lansbury responded: "No, I don't think so. I'll probably pass away with one hand on my script."

She added by way of explanation: "I never turn down a good offer."

Watch the interview here:

Elsewhere in the interview, Lansbury credited her zest for life as the thing that motivated her to keep going.

"I'm interested in every part of life. In other words, not just acting but everything that is given to us as human beings to indulge ourselves in in our lives," she told King.

"That's what interests me. My grandchildren, my life, cooking, driving, being independent," the star added.

Lansbury was perhaps best known for her role as amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher, who she played for over a decade during the 80s and 90s on the hit mystery show Murder She Wrote.

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Lansbury in Murder She Wrote. Credit: Allstar Picture Library Limited. / Alamy

She also had starring roles in an array of beloved family movies including Mary Poppins Returns, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Beauty and the Beast, and Anastasia.

Meanwhile, Lansbury's final performance still hasn't made it to the big screen. Proving once and for all that she would never retire, Lansbury made a cameo appearance in the 2022 Knives Out sequel Glass Onion - a movie which is scheduled for release later this year in November 2022.

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Our thoughts are with Lansbury's family, friends, and fans at this time.

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Angela Lansbury never planned on retiring: 'I'll pass away with one hand on my script'

vt-author-image

By Carina Murphy

Article saved!Article saved!

Legendary actor Angela Lansbury passed away at her home in Los Angeles yesterday (October 11).

The 96-year-old star had a generations-long career that saw her star in everything from Broadway shows to blockbuster movies to the iconic TV show Murder She Wrote.

For her roles, the Irish-British and American star won five Tony Awards, was nominated for three Oscars and was awarded an honorary Academy Award for her lifetime achievement in film in 2013. She was even named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the late Queen Elizabeth II.

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Credit: PA Images / Alamy

With such an accomplished career under her belt, many expected Lansbury to slow down toward the end of her life. However, in an interview with Larry King a few years ago, the then 93-year-old made it perfectly clear she had no such plans.

During their conversation, King asked the Bedknobs and Broomsticks star: "Never think of retiring?"

Lansbury responded: "No, I don't think so. I'll probably pass away with one hand on my script."

She added by way of explanation: "I never turn down a good offer."

Watch the interview here:

Elsewhere in the interview, Lansbury credited her zest for life as the thing that motivated her to keep going.

"I'm interested in every part of life. In other words, not just acting but everything that is given to us as human beings to indulge ourselves in in our lives," she told King.

"That's what interests me. My grandchildren, my life, cooking, driving, being independent," the star added.

Lansbury was perhaps best known for her role as amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher, who she played for over a decade during the 80s and 90s on the hit mystery show Murder She Wrote.

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Lansbury in Murder She Wrote. Credit: Allstar Picture Library Limited. / Alamy

She also had starring roles in an array of beloved family movies including Mary Poppins Returns, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Beauty and the Beast, and Anastasia.

Meanwhile, Lansbury's final performance still hasn't made it to the big screen. Proving once and for all that she would never retire, Lansbury made a cameo appearance in the 2022 Knives Out sequel Glass Onion - a movie which is scheduled for release later this year in November 2022.

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Credit: Moviestore Collection Ltd / Alamy

Our thoughts are with Lansbury's family, friends, and fans at this time.

Featured Image Credit: The Photo Access / Alamy