Angela Lansbury, the Irish-British-American actress and singer who played various roles across film, stage, and television, has passed away aged 96.


In a statement, Lansbury’s family said she died on Tuesday in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles — five days before her 97th birthday.

“The children of Dame Angela Lansbury are sad to announce that their mother died 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,” the statement reads.

“In addition to her three children, Anthony, Deirdre and David, she is survived by three grandchildren, Peter, Katherine and Ian, plus five great-grandchildren and her brother, producer Edgar Lansbury.


“She was proceeded in death by her husband of 53 years, Peter Shaw. A private family ceremony will be held at a date to be determined.”

Best known as the novelist-sleuth Jessica Fletcher in ‘Murder, She Wrote’, a 1984 crime drama television series, Lansbury took her life’s final bow as one of the most decorated stage players in history.

Born in 1925, the three-time Oscar nominee had a career spanning eight decades, across film, theatre, and television.


Lansbury was also known for her roles in movies including ‘The World of Henry Orient’, ‘A Life at Stake’, ‘Purple Mask’ and ‘A Lawless State’.

Her final role was a cameo appearance in ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ in 2022.

She became a member of the acting aristocracy in Britain, where she was born; America, her home for most of her life; and Ireland, where she kept a house for many decades.

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