Tributes pour in for late 'Murder, She Wrote' and 'Beauty and the Beast' star Angela Lansbury

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By Asiya Ali

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Some of the entertainment world’s biggest names have paid tribute to Dame Angela Lansbury after her death at the age of 96.

The actress, who famously starred in the TV drama Murder, She Wrote died peacefully in her sleep at home in Los Angeles early on Tuesday (October 11).

The Irish-British and American star won five Tony Awards for her Broadway performances, was nominated for three Oscars, and was awarded an honorary Academy Award for her lifetime achievement in film in 2013.

Lansbury was also named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the late Queen Elizabeth II. The actress' death has been met with an outpouring of tributes for her long-standing career by stars from across the industry.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, who starred alongside The Beauty and the Beast star in the Broadway musical A Little Night Music, said their time together will "forever be one of the joys of my life".

In a post on Instagram, the Welsh actor wrote: "Dearest, Darling, Dame Angela Lansbury. May you Rest In Peace," adding: "As the lights dim for you on 'The Great White Way' you shall glow forever in our hearts. Love you Angela, Catherine."

West End star Elaine Paige took to Twitter to praise Dame Lansbury and wrote that she was "always so kind and generous" when they had met.

"So upset to hear the news that the legendary Dame Angela Lansbury has died," Elaine tweeted, sharing a picture of them together.

"One of the last Golden Age of Hollywood stars and a Broadway and West End icon. Always so kind and generous when I met her. She will be sadly missed. RIP dearest Angela," she added.

Star Trek actor George Takei shared a touching message, writing: "Angela Lansbury, who graced the stage for decades winning five Tony awards and brought the sleuthing Jessica Fletcher into our living rooms for a dozen years, has passed."

"A tale old as time, our beloved Mrs. Potts will sing lullabies to us now from the stars. Rest, great soul," he added.

Josh Gad, who starred in 2017’s Beauty and the Beast live-action remake, pointed out how rare it is for someone to touch multiple generations, the way Lansbury did.

"From 'Mame' to 'Bedknobs' to 'Murder She Wrote' to 'B and TB' to 'Mary Poppins Returns' she touched 4 generations. RIP Legend," he wrote alongside a photo of himself with Dame Angela.

Also, How To Get Away With Murder actress Viola Davis wrote that she thought Lansbury would "live forever" and said that her "beautiful legacy" influenced "generations of actors to aspire to excellence".

Lansbury was known for her portrayals in several Agatha Christie movie adaptations, as well as beloved children's and family movies such as Mary Poppins Returns, Anastasia, Beauty and the Beast, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

She was a rare leading woman on the small screen with her '80s and '90s run on Murder, She Wrote, where she played iconic mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher.

The actress was also a legendary stage talent, winning her first Tony for her role in the 1966 Broadway production of Mame. She was also awarded Tonys for Dear World (1969), Gypsy (1975), and best musical actress in 1979 for her roles as Nellie Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Lansbury was also honored with the same notable prize in 2009, at the age of 80, for her performance in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit to celebrate her decades-long career.

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

Featured image credit: The Photo Access / Alamy

Tributes pour in for late 'Murder, She Wrote' and 'Beauty and the Beast' star Angela Lansbury

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By Asiya Ali

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Some of the entertainment world’s biggest names have paid tribute to Dame Angela Lansbury after her death at the age of 96.

The actress, who famously starred in the TV drama Murder, She Wrote died peacefully in her sleep at home in Los Angeles early on Tuesday (October 11).

The Irish-British and American star won five Tony Awards for her Broadway performances, was nominated for three Oscars, and was awarded an honorary Academy Award for her lifetime achievement in film in 2013.

Lansbury was also named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the late Queen Elizabeth II. The actress' death has been met with an outpouring of tributes for her long-standing career by stars from across the industry.

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Credit: PA Images / Alamy

Catherine Zeta-Jones, who starred alongside The Beauty and the Beast star in the Broadway musical A Little Night Music, said their time together will "forever be one of the joys of my life".

In a post on Instagram, the Welsh actor wrote: "Dearest, Darling, Dame Angela Lansbury. May you Rest In Peace," adding: "As the lights dim for you on 'The Great White Way' you shall glow forever in our hearts. Love you Angela, Catherine."

West End star Elaine Paige took to Twitter to praise Dame Lansbury and wrote that she was "always so kind and generous" when they had met.

"So upset to hear the news that the legendary Dame Angela Lansbury has died," Elaine tweeted, sharing a picture of them together.

"One of the last Golden Age of Hollywood stars and a Broadway and West End icon. Always so kind and generous when I met her. She will be sadly missed. RIP dearest Angela," she added.

Star Trek actor George Takei shared a touching message, writing: "Angela Lansbury, who graced the stage for decades winning five Tony awards and brought the sleuthing Jessica Fletcher into our living rooms for a dozen years, has passed."

"A tale old as time, our beloved Mrs. Potts will sing lullabies to us now from the stars. Rest, great soul," he added.

Josh Gad, who starred in 2017’s Beauty and the Beast live-action remake, pointed out how rare it is for someone to touch multiple generations, the way Lansbury did.

"From 'Mame' to 'Bedknobs' to 'Murder She Wrote' to 'B and TB' to 'Mary Poppins Returns' she touched 4 generations. RIP Legend," he wrote alongside a photo of himself with Dame Angela.

Also, How To Get Away With Murder actress Viola Davis wrote that she thought Lansbury would "live forever" and said that her "beautiful legacy" influenced "generations of actors to aspire to excellence".

Lansbury was known for her portrayals in several Agatha Christie movie adaptations, as well as beloved children's and family movies such as Mary Poppins Returns, Anastasia, Beauty and the Beast, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

She was a rare leading woman on the small screen with her '80s and '90s run on Murder, She Wrote, where she played iconic mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher.

The actress was also a legendary stage talent, winning her first Tony for her role in the 1966 Broadway production of Mame. She was also awarded Tonys for Dear World (1969), Gypsy (1975), and best musical actress in 1979 for her roles as Nellie Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Lansbury was also honored with the same notable prize in 2009, at the age of 80, for her performance in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit to celebrate her decades-long career.

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

Featured image credit: The Photo Access / Alamy