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Thursday, October 16, 2014

89 Groovy Things about Angela Lansbury on her birthday



Today I'm celebrating Angela Lansbury's 89th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Angela Brigid Lansbury was born in Regent's Park, London, England, on October 16, 1925. She moved to New York City with her widowed mother and twin brothers in 1940, where she attended the Feagin School of Dramatic Art.

2. She received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her film debut as Ingrid Bergman's maid in the 1944 mystery-thriller, Gaslight. She got the role after meeting the film's co-author, John van Druten, at a party hosted by her mother.

3. She played Elizabeth Taylor's older sister in the 1944 film, National Velvet, and they became lifelong friends.

4. She received her second Academy Award nomination and her first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1945 film, The Picture of Dorian Gray.



5. She starred in the 1946 MGM musical, The Harvey Girls, with Judy Garland, but her singing voice was dubbed.

6. Her singing voice was again dubbed in the 1946 drama, The Hoodlum Saint, in which she played a nightclub singer.

7. She performed Jerome Kern's "How'd You Like to Spoon With Me?" in the 1946 MGM musical, Till the Clouds Roll By.



8. She appeared in Frank Capra's 1948 film, State of the Union, with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

9. She appeared in the 1948 film, The Three Musketeers, with Gene Kelly and Lana Turner.

10. She appeared in the 1949 Cecil B. DeMille film, Samson and Delilah, starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature.

11. She appeared in the 1955 swashbuckler film, The Purple Mask, with Tony Curtis.

12. She starred in the 1955 musical comedy, The Court Jester, with Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns and Mildred Natwick.

13. She made her Broadway debut in the 1957 farce, Hotel Paradiso, which ran for 108 performances.

14. She played Orson Welles' mistress in the 1958 film, The Long, Hot Summer, which also starred Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Lee Remick.

15. She appeared in the 1958 comedy, The Reluctant Debutante, with Rex Harrison, Kay Kendall and Sandra Dee.

16. She performed with Joan Collins and Dana Wynter during the 31st Annual Academy Award on April 6, 1959.



17. She starred in the 1960 Broadway production of the play, A Taste of Honey.

18. She appeared in the 1960 film, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, with Dorothy McGuire and Robert Preston.

19. She appeared in the 1960 film, A Breath of Scandal, with Sophia Loren, Maurice Chevalier and John Gavin.

20. She played Elvis Presley's mother in his 1961 film, Blue Hawaii, even though she was only 10 years older than him.

21. She played Warren Beatty's manipulative mother in the 1962 drama, All Fall Down.

22. She received her third Academy Award nomination and her second Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1962 suspense thriller, The Manchurian Candidate.

23. She starred in the 1963 romantic drama, In the Cool of the Day, with Peter Finch and Jane Fonda.

24. She played the crooked mayoress, Cora Hoover Hooper, in the Sondheim musical, Anyone Can Whistle, which opened on Broadway on April 4, 1964, and ran for nine performances.

25. She starred in the 1964 comedy, The World of Henry Orient, with Peter Sellers and Paula Prentiss.

26. She appeared in the 1964 romantic comedy, Dear Heart, with Glenn Ford and Geraldine Page.

27. She appeared in the 1965 British comedy, The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders, with Kim Novak.

28. She played Jean Harlow's mother in the 1965 biographical film, Harlow, starring Carroll Baker.

29. She was a guest star on an episode of the NBC series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., on November 12, 1965.

30. She appeared in the 1966 drama, Mister Buddwing, with James Garner.



31. She received her first Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Mame Dennis in the 1966 Jerry Herman musical, Mame.

32. She was the Mystery Guest on the TV series, What's My Line?, on December 4, 1966, during her run in Mame.



33. She, Muhammad Ali and Gore Vidal were guests on Dick Cavett's ABC daytime talk show, This Morning, on March 5, 1968.

34. She performed "Thoroughly Modern Millie", the Oscar-nominated song from the 1967 film, during the 40th Academy Awards on April 10, 1968 (Doctor Dolittle's "Talk to the Animals" won).



35. She and her former brother-in-law Peter Ustinov (he was married to her half-sister) were the hosts of the 22nd Annual Tony Awards on April 21, 1968.

36. She received her second Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the 1969 Jerry Herman musical, Dear World.



37. She starred in a special concert performance of Lady in the Dark (as part of The Music of Kurt Weill) on November 9, 1969, at NYC's Philharmonic Hall.

38. She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for the 1970 black comedy, Something for Everyone.

39. She starred in the musical, Prettybelle, about a wealthy alcoholic who becomes a nymphomaniac prostitute and eventually an institutionalized schizophrenic. The show closed in Boston during its pre-Broadway tryout in March 1971, but a studio recording with most of the original cast was released in 1982.

40. She performed "Open a New Window" from Mame during the 25th Annual Tony Awards on March 28, 1971 (she was also a co-host).



41. She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for the 1971 Disney film, Bedknobs and Broomsticks.



42. She and Steve Lawrence were guests on the TV series, The Julie Andrews Hour, on February 10, 1973.



43. She performed "Me and My Town" and "A Parade in Town" from Anyone Can Whistle during the concert, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute, on March 11, 1973.

44. She performed the opening musical number on the 45th Academy Awards on March 27, 1973.



45. She received her third Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Rose in the 1974 revival of Gypsy. She also performed "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from Gypsy during the 29th Annual Tony Awards on April 20, 1975, which featured a "Mame" musical number with former NYC mayor John Lindsay.




46. She portrayed Queen Gertrude in Hamlet in a National Theatre production at London's Old Vic Theatre, which ran from December 1975 to May 1976.

47. In April 1978, she replaced Constance Towers (who was on a short break) for 24 performances of the Broadway revival of The King and I.

48. She appeared in the 1978 British film, Death on the Nile, with Peter Ustinov, Bette Davis and Maggie Smith.

49. She played the title role in the 1979 British film, The Lady Vanishes, with Elliott Gould and Cybill Shepherd.

50. She received her fourth Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Mrs. Lovett in the 1979 Sondheim musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.



51. She played Miss Jane Marple in the 1980 British mystery, The Mirror Crack'd, which also starred Kim Novak, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor.

52. She, Lloyd Bridges, Rock Hudson and Valerie Perrine were the Ringmasters in Circus of the Stars #5, which aired on December 14, 1980.

53. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance In A Variety Or Music Program for a 1982 television version of Sweeney Todd, which was taped during the first national tour.

54. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her performance as Gloria Vanderbilt's aunt in the 1982 NBC miniseries, Little Gloria... Happy at Last.

55. She starred in the 1982 Broadway comedy, A Little Family Business, which ran for 13 performances.

56. She performed "Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music during the concert, A Stephen Sondheim Evening, on March 3, 1983.

57. She reprised her role as Mame Dennis in the 1983 Broadway revival of Mame, which ran for 41 performances.



58. She starred in the 1983 movie musical, The Pirates of Penzance, with Kevin Kline, Rex Smith and Linda Ronstadt.

59. She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her performance as Lee Remick's mother in The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story, which first aired on CBS on December 20, 1983.

60. She and Laurence Olivier starred in the 1984 BBC television film, A Talent for Murder.



61. She appeared in the 1984 ABC miniseries, Lace, starring Phoebe Cates.

62. She received four Golden Golden Awards for Best Actress in a Television Drama for her performance as mystery writer/amateur detective Jessica Fletcher in the 1984-96 CBS mystery series, Murder, She Wrote. She received a total of 10 Golden Globe nominations as well as 12 consecutive Emmy Award nominations (for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series). And in 1986, she discussed the show with David Hartman on Good Morning America.



63. She played Jaclyn Smith's long-lost mother in the 1986 TV movie, Rage of Angels: The Story Continues.

64. She appeared as Jessica Fletcher in a crossover episode of Magnum, P.I., on November 19, 1986.

65. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for hosting the 41st Annual Tony Awards on June 7, 1987, during which she and Bea Arthur sang "Bosom Buddies" from Mame.



66. In 1988, she released an exercise video, Angela Lansbury's Positive Moves: My Personal Plan for Fitness and Well-Being, and she published a book with the same title in 1990.



67. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for hosting the 43rd Annual Tony Awards on June 4, 1989, during which she sang "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "Send in the Clowns".



68. She starred in the 1989 Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie, The Shell Seekers.

69. She made an uncredited cameo appearance as herself on the CBS sitcom, Newhart, on January 8, 1990.

70. She starred in the 1990 TV movie, The Love She Sought, with Denholm Elliott and Cynthia Nixon.

71. She provided the voice for Mrs. Potts in the 1991 animated Disney film, Beauty and the Beast.

72. She played the title role in the 1992 TV movie, Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris, which was directed by her son, Anthony Shaw.

73. She was the Grand Marshal of the 104th Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 1993.

74. She played the title role in the 1996 CBS musical, Mrs. Santa Claus, which featured a score by Jerry Herman.

75. She reprised her role as Jessica Fletcher in the 1997 TV movie, Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest, and three other TV movies in 2000, 2001 and 2003.

76. She played the title role in the 1999 CBS movie, The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax.

77. She and Philip Bosco did a reading of the Kander and Ebb musical, The Visit, on December 17, 1999, but in July 2000, she withdrew from the show - which was scheduled to open on Broadway the following spring - because of her husband's declining health (she and her second husband, Peter Shaw, were married from 1949 until his death in 2003).

78. She was a 2000 Kennedy Center Honor recipient.



79. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for the 2004 Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie, The Blackwater Lightship.

80. She played Colin Firth's great aunt in the 2005 British film, Nanny McPhee, which was written by star Emma Thompson.

81. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for a two-part crossover episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Trial by Jury on May 3, 2005.

82. She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for the 2007 Terrence McNally play, Deuce.

83. She received her fifth Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the 2009 revival of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit.



84. She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for the 2010 revival of A Little Night Music.

85. She appeared in the 2011 comedy, Mr. Popper's Penguins, starring Jim Carrey.

86. She appeared in the 2012 Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man with Candice Bergen and James Earl Jones.



87. She and James Earl Jones starred in an Australian tour of Driving Miss Daisy in 2013.

88. She received an Academy Honorary Award for her lifetime achievement on November 16, 2013.



89. In March 2014, she reprised her Tony-winning role as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit in London's West End, making her first London stage appearance in nearly 40 years. She is planning to star in a North American tour of Blithe Spirit from December 2014 to March 2015.

2 comments:

joel65913 said...

Love her and that's a great tribute. Thought I'd just glance through and it took me over an hour to finish.

Marc Harshbarger said...

I'm glad you liked my tribute, Joel! :)