Angela Lansbury, a versatile actor who wowed generations of fans as a murderous baker, singing teapot, Soviet spy, and small-town detective among a string of memorable roles, died Tuesday, her family announced. She was 96.
“The children of Mrs. Lansbury are saddened to announce that their mother passed away peacefully in her sleep at home in Los Angeles at 1:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, just five days shy of her 97th birthday,” her family said. he said in a statement.
The London-born actress took her final bow in her life as one of the most decorated performers in the history of the stage.
Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury DBE was an Irish-British and American actress and singer who played various roles across film, stage, and television. Her career, one of the longest in the entertainment industry, spanned eight decades, much of it in the United States; her work also received much international attention. Wikipedia
Angela Lansbury was born in 1925 into a prominent family of the upper middle class living in the Regent’s Park neighborhood of London. Her father was socialist politician Edgar Isaac Lansbury (1887-1935), a member of both the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) and the Labour Party. Edgar served as Honorary Treasurer of the East London Federation of Suffragettes (term 1915), and Mayor of Poplar (term 1924-1925). He was the second Communist mayor in British history, the first being Joe Vaughan (1878-1938).
Lansbury’s mother was Irish film actress Moyna Macgill (1895-1975), originally from Belfast. During the first five years of Angela’s life, the Lansbury family lived in a flat located in Poplar. In 1930, they moved to a house located in the Mill Hill neighborhood of north London. They spend their weekends vacationing in a farm located in Berrick Salome, a village in South Oxfordshire.
In 1935, Edgar Lansbury died from stomach cancer. Angela reportedly retreated into “playing characters”, as a coping mechanism to deal with the loss. The widowed Moyna Macgill soon became engaged to Leckie Forbes, a Scottish colonel. Moyna moved into his house in Hampstead. READ FULL BIOGRAPHY