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Angela Lansbury is best known for her iconic roles as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote, but just who is the actress with an eight decade career? Read on for everything you need to know about Dame Angela Lansbury.
Angela Lansbury was born in Regent's Park, London on October 16, 1925 and is 94-years-old.
Her mother was an Irish actress called Moyna Macgill and her father was wealthy english timber merchant and politician, Edgar Lansbury.
Angela had an older half sister, Isolde, and younger twin brothers Bruce and Edgar.
The family lived in Mill Hill, London during the week and at their rural farmhouse in Oxfordshire on the weekends, until Angela's father tragically died when she was nine and they eventually moved to live with her mother's new fiance in Hampstead.
Angela was very keen on books, theatre and cinema as a child and was a self-proclaimed "complete movie maniac" before moving to the United States with her family.
Angela moved to the USA in 1940 to escape the blitz in London.
After living briefly in New York, she moved to Los Angeles in 1942 and signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer, proceeding to appear in eleven films with the studio.
After earning an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe for her performance in Dorian Gray she went on to receive another Oscar nomination for her role in The Manchunian Candidate, confirming her place as a lauded Hollywood actress.
Angela appeared in the fan favourite Bedknobs and Broomsticks in 1971 and on stage in productions including The King And I and Sweeney Todd before landing her most famous role as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote in 1984.
The TV lasted for an astonishing twelve seasons - one of the longest TV detective shows in history - and made Angela a worldwide household name.
Throughout her eight decade career the actress has won five Tony Awards, six Golden Globes and an Olivier Award and in 2014 The Queen gave her the title of Dame Angela Lansbury.
As of 2020, Angela Lansbury's net worth is estimated to be $70 million.
Her wealth is said to be from her extensive work in film, TV and on stage and from her role as owner and executive producer of Murder, She Wrote for its final four seasons.
Angela Lansbury has been married twice and has three children.
In 1945 she eloped and married her first husband, actor Richard Cromwell, when she was 19 and he was 35.
They divorced a year later but remained good friends until his death in 1960.
She married her second husband, Peter Shaw, in 1949 and they were together 54 years before his death in 2003.
She has a step-child called David who was Peter's from a previous marriage and the couple had two children together Anthony Peter and Deidre Ann.
Anthony, 68, is a television director who has directed 69 episodes of Murder, She Wrote and Deidre, 67, owns a restaurant in West Hollywood.