(biography, photos, videos) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury: a biography
Angela Brigid Lansbury is a British and American actress, winner of the special prize «Oscar» for more than 70 years of contribution to the development of cinema. She is also one of the recordsmens in terms of won theatrical awards «Tony». In 2014, for contribution to drama and charity Angela Lansbury from the hands of the Queen received the order of the British Empire and became Dame Commander. Russian fans of the movie she is most known for roles in classic detective stories, «murder, She wrote» and «Death on the Nile» and the Comedy «nanny McPhee».
Angela Lansbury was born in London, in the heart of one of the main Royal parks in the UK Regent’s Park. Her mother Moyna McGill was an actress, and her father Edgar Lansbury was a wealthy English timber merchant and politician, member of the British Communist party and Chairman of the London district, which at that time the family lived. By the way, Angela’s grandfather, a famous British politician, leader of the labour party George Lansbury.
Angela Lansbury was the eldest sister of Isolde, who was born from a previous marriage of the mother with the Director and screenwriter Reginald Danamon. When the second daughter the wife Lansbury was four years old, of des Moines gave birth to twin boys, Bruce and Edgar.
In the cold season, the family lived in a London flat, and in the summer the children were sent to Ireland or the South of England, in Oxfordshire.
When Angela Lansbury was nine years old from stomach cancer sudden death of her father. As later recalled the actress, there arose a passion for the theatre became a kind of attempt to escape from reality. Due to financial difficulties, the mother again married a Scottish soldier Heads Forbes. Angela for five years, beginning in 1934, studying in a boarding school for girls. However, she still considers herself self-taught, since educated himself through books read and reviewed theatrical productions.
In 1949, Angela Lansbury started to study the piano and acting at the drama school Webber Douglas in West London. When she first enters the stage. But when the Second world war affected the UK, a mother with three children moved to Canada. Refused to go only Isolde the older, already married, future famous actor Peter Ustinov. After some time the family moved to the United States, and Angela receives a scholarship from the American theatre «Wing», which is studying acting at the school of dramatic art «Fagin» and finished it in 1942.
Debut of Angela Lansbury in the movie took place in 1944 in the role of servant in the Thriller «Gas light». The first is the role brought her a nomination for the award «Oscar». Such a sensation was waiting and the next one is the image of Sybil vane from the drama «the Portrait of Dorian gray». Also the success of the sport and the motion picture «national velvet».
I must say that Angela Lansbury always wanted to play the main role, but the Directors saw in her images of fatal beauties that will highlight and set off the main characters of the film. So for a long time the actress got the role of sisters, lovers and mothers. It got to the point that at 22, Angela portrayed the 45-year-old Kay Thorndike in the film by Frank Capra «married». At about the same age, she plays Queen Anne in the adventure film «the Three Musketeers» and Mature lady Audrey Quayle in the melodrama «the Red Danube».
One of the most famous films Angela Lansbury was released in 1962. It was a political Thriller «the Manchurian candidate», where she played the wife of an influential Senator, the purpose of which was the murder of a candidate for President of the United States by the hands of her only son. It’s funny, but Lansbury was older than actor Laurence Harvey who played her son, only three years. Also in the picture attended legendary Frank Sinatra. This work brought Angela Lansbury another nomination for «Oscar» and the victory at the festival «Golden globe».
Incidentally, at the same time, the actress starred with another world legend, singer and actor Elvis Presley in the musical Comedy «Blue Hawaii». However, later the woman will say that he considers this project the worst in her acting career. In 1978, Angela reincarnated in alcohol-dependent writer Salome Otterburn in the film adaptation of Agatha Christie novel «death on the Nile», and two years later played miss Marple of Christie’s other works – «the Mirror cracked».
In 1984, Angela Lansbury took over the role of Jessica Fletcher in the TV series «murder She wrote». And in this way it became known to the Russian viewers. The show was a success and in the English-speaking community, so it showed in the most popular time on CBS for 12 years. And then it was removed and full-length movies about the charming widow, the detectivity Jessica. Interestingly, on this project has worked more than 30 Directors, one of whom was the son of the actress.
For her role in that show, Angela Lansbury was annually nominated for a television Emmy award, but the award has not received. This is a record, and Lansbury is considered by the contractor with the greatest number of nominations but without a single victory in the history of telenergy. She also has not received «Oscar» for a role, but in 2013, the organizers have deemed it possible to award the actress for her services to the film specially created for her prize.
In the twenty-first Angela Lansbury became a star a little smaller, but, nevertheless, entirely from working on the set refused. She appeared with Jack Nicholson in the tragicomedy «About Schmidt», with Colin Firth and Thomas Sangster in the family fantasy «nanny McPhee,» and comedian Jim Carrey in the sparkling Comedy «Penguins of Mr. Popper». At the time of the last shooting actress was already 85 years old.
We cannot ignore the theatrical career of Angela Lansbury. Her debut on stage took place in 1957 in a production of Hotel Paradiso, but the name of the star of the first magnitude she brought the musical Jerry Herman «maim» in 1966, where she played with another famous Broadway actress BEA Arthur. This play has withstood more than a thousand views, and gave Angela her first award «Tony».
Subsequently, Lansbury still a lot of time will be named best theater actress of the year. This will contribute to such productions as «Gypsy», «Dear world», «Sweeney Todd: the demon Barber of fleet street» and many others. In the 80s she leaves the stage and is back in 2007 with the musical Equal. Of the following performances to celebrate the musical «a Little night music», where Angela appears in a duet with actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, as well as the play «driving miss Daisy» and the role of Madame Arcati from the play «Restless spirit» that brought the actress another statuette «Tony», was the seventh in a row.
Today, 91-year-old Angela Lansbury continues almost daily performances on the stage. She also says that with pleasure would play in the movie. She even regularly send scripts, but the actress refuses the role, as she put it, «grandmothers who die from Alzheimer’s disease».
For the first time Angela Lansbury was married when she was 19 years old. Her lover was actor Richard Cromwell, star of adventure films of the 30’s, such as «Lives of a Bengal Lancer» and «a farce». Man Angela Lansbury was older than her 16 years, but this was not the reason for the divorce less than six months after the wedding. The fact that only after the marriage ceremony, the girl realized that her husband, the Union is a fiction designed to hide the nonconventional orientation. Angela broke the marriage, but stayed with Cromwell in friendly relations until the end of his days.
In 1946 at a party at one of his colleagues, Lansbury met the Irish actor Peter Shaw. They started Dating, and three years later got married. This marriage was very happy. The relationship of Angela and Peter are not only the most durable in Hollywood, but is one of the examples of this strong family. The actors lived together for almost 55 years.
In this family, and Angela had two children: son Anthony and daughter Deirdre. In addition, the woman brought David, the son of her husband from a previous relationship. I must say that kids has significantly damaged the nerves of his mother. In the second half of 1960-ies son and daughter became interested in modern subculture and has become dependent on hard drugs. Lansbury and the Show made a huge effort, but could help the children to give up cocaine and heroin. Son Anthony later became the Director of television and took almost 70 episodes of «murder She wrote». Daughter Deirdre married a chef and together opened a restaurant.
Angela Lansbury a lot of effort, time and money spent on charity. Its main direction – the fight against diseases such as cancer and AIDS. Interestingly, in her youth she was an avid smoker, but in the 60-ies, when treating children off drugs, completely abandoned cigarettes. Angela is proud that he never resorted to plastic surgery to rejuvenate the face. But it should be noted that age is increasingly concerned about the legendary actress: more than 20 years she is suffering from arthritis, and in 2005 even went for a surgery to replace knee joints, not to be in a wheelchair.
- 1945 — The Picture Of Dorian Gray
- 1947 — the private Affairs of dear friend
- 1962 — the Manchurian candidate
- 1978 — death on the Nile
- 1980 — the Mirror crack’d
- 1982 — the Last unicorn
- 1984-2001 — murder She wrote
- 1992 — Mrs. Harris goes to Paris
- 2005 — nanny McPhee
- 2011 — the Penguins of Mr. Popper