The TV world is full of success stories of those who achieved fame and fortune in an instant… The heroes of some of these stories were soon forgotten, but some of them, especially those who managed their careers consciously, continued their success until their last breath.
STARRED IN MANY PRODUCTIONS, MOST MEMORABLE FOR THAT SERIES
One of them is Angela Lansbury, who breathed her last peacefully in her sleep just five days before her 96th birthday. Although she starred in numerous plays, movies, and TV series throughout her long career, Lansbury is best remembered by different generations for a single series: Murder She Wrote, or Murder She Wrote in its original title.
SHE BECAME THE RICHEST WOMAN IN THE TV WORLD
Angela Lansbury became the richest woman in the TV world for a while thanks to this series. In fact, in this detective series, which started its screen adventure in 1984, she received 40 thousand dollars per episode in the first period. Then this figure increased to 200 thousand dollars. The most important reason for this is that over time, Lansbury did not only remain as an actress of the series. She also became a producer. She also made a hard bargain with the channel where the series was broadcasted about side incomes.
ALSO A FAVORITE OF ADVERTISERS
By the way, let us remind you that Murder She Wrote did not only become popular for the audience in a short time. It was also a preferred series for advertisers. In short, a considerable profit was made from this series. Another interesting note… Angela Lansbury was nominated for the Emmy, one of the most prestigious awards in the TV world, 18 times for this series. But she returned empty-handed from all award ceremonies. Nevertheless, thanks to this series, which aired between 1984 and 1996, Lansbury took the title of the richest woman in the TV world for a while and kept it for a long time.
‘I DON’T REALIZE MY AGE WHEN I WORK’
Another remarkable aspect of Angela Lansbury was her hard work. Although she has been away from the cameras for the last two years because her health did not allow it and she was getting too old, she continued to work even in the first half of her 90s. He did not prefer to retire like many of his contemporaries. He explained the reason for this years ago in an interview as follows. “I never realize my age when I work. It’s like riding a bicycle. I just put my feet on the pedals and keep going.”
THREW THAT ROLE AWAY
Lansbury is also remembered as one of the longest-serving actors in a TV series. Of course, this series is Murder File. Lansbury was in front of the camera for this series for 12 long years without a break. She also turned down some very ambitious roles that would have given her career a different direction. One of these was the role of Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, directed by Milos Forman, in which she played Louise Fletcher and won an Oscar.
HE TURNED DOWN THE OFFER OF THE MASTER DIRECTOR
Although both director Forman and her husband wanted her to play the role, Lansbury turned down the offer. Here’s how she explained why: “It’s a great role, but I can’t play it. She’s a horrible, evil woman.” According to those who knew her, Lansbury wanted the audience to like her. That’s why she didn’t want to play a villainous character like Nurse Ratched.
BOMB SCARE ON BOARD
Here is another striking example of Angela Lansbury’s approach to her profession. In the 1991 animated feature Beauty and the Beast, which was a huge success, Lansbury lent her voice to the character of Mrs. Potts. She also had to sing a song for this character. On the way to New York for this voiceover, there was a bomb panic on the plane. While the plane was floating in the sky, a bomb threat was made and all the passengers, of course, Angela Lansbury felt the breath of death on her neck. In the end, this report turned out to be unfounded and the plane reached its destination.
SHE SANG THE SONG IN ONE TAKE: After getting off the plane, Angela Lansbury went into the studio and sang the song of the character she voices. In fact, everyone thought she would not be able to do it easily in the studio, where she had entered after a scary moment due to a bomb threat. But Lansbury pulled it off and sang the song in one take. No repetition was needed. It was an unforgettable memory for those who worked with her on the movie.
Angela Lansbury was married twice in her long life. Her first marriage was to Richard Cromwell between 1945 and 1946. After this very short marriage, she was married to Peter Shaw between 1949 and 2003. This frame above is from the day the couple got married.
MOTHER OF TWO
Lansbury had two children with her husband, to whom she remained married until his death in 2003. The actress has a son named Anthony and a daughter named Deirdre. Angela Lansbury was once credited with saving her daughter Deidre, now 69, from Charles Manson. According to what she told at the time, Lansbury’s daughter had joined Manson’s followers in the 1960s. She also used her mother’s fame to make purchases for the cult.
With a single series, she became the richest woman in the TV world: 12 years, 264 episodes and millions
THIS IS HOW SHE SAVED HER CHILDREN’S LIVES
At the time, both Angela Lansbury’s daughter and son were also using hard drugs. Lansbury and her husband Peter Shaw moved from California to Ireland to save their two children from this terrible life. During that time, Angela Lansbury didn’t even see her career. But the decision of the actress and her husband helped to save their two children from their bad habits.
Charles Manson and his cult killed seven people, including Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski, in two consecutive nights of murders in August 1969 to start an interracial war.
HONOR WINS THE OSCAR
Lansbury has never won a BAFTA or an Oscar, despite being nominated several times during her career. However, in 2013 she was awarded an Honorary Oscar for her professional achievements. In 2002, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at BAFTA. By the way, let us remind you that in 2014 the actor was awarded the title of Dame, one of the most prestigious titles in the UK.
HE WAS FIVE DAYS AWAY FROM TURNING A NEW AGE
Born on October 16, 1925 in London, Angela Lansbury passed away five days before her new birthday. According to her family, the actress breathed her last breath during her sleep at her home in Los Angeles.
FROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD
Landbury moved from England to the US and entered the Feagin School of Dramatic Art. In 1942, she attracted attention at a party she attended. Two years later, she appeared in front of the camera for a production called Gaslight. He then made his way to Broadway and then Hollywood.
THE LAST SURVIVING REPRESENTATIVE OF HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE
Angela Lansbury was also the only surviving star of the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood.
DIED LIKE A QUEEN AT 96
Angela Lansbury was awarded the title of Dame by Queen Elizabeth II of England on April 15, 2014. The actress passed away at the age of 96, just like Elizabeth, who gave her the award that day.