Actress Dame Angela Lansbury

Actress Dame Angela Lansbury Dies at 96

Dame Angela Lansbury, the British-born actress whose 80-year career included dozens of unforgettable roles in movies, plays and television, died at age 96, her family said on Tuesday.

She was five days’ shy of her 97th birthday upon her death, according to IMDb.

Born in Regent’s Park in London, Lansbury received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her very first film role as a young maid in the 1944 film Gaslight. She later received two more nominations in the same category.

She was given an honorary Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2013 for her career as “an entertainment icon who has created some of cinema’s most memorable characters, inspiring generations of actors”.

She won Grammys for Broadway performances in Mame and Sweeney Todd and also starred in major films such as The Manchurian Candidate and Death on the Nile and played Elvis Presley’s mother in Blue Hawaii. She was married briefly to British actor Richard Cromwell and then to actor Peter Shaw for 54 years. They had two children.