Angela Lansbury Tributes Pour In Following Death Of Murder She Wrote Star, Aged 96
Some of the entertainment world’s biggest names have paid tribute to the legendary screen star Dame Angela Lansbury following her death at the age of 96.
Heavyweights from across film, television and theatre have remembered the actor as “one of the last Golden Age of Hollywood stars” and a “Broadway and West End icon” following her death.
The Irish-British and American star, best known for her role as Jessica Fletcher in the drama series Murder, She Wrote, died peacefully in her sleep, her family said on Tuesday.
Dame Angela Lansbury (Photo: David M. Benett via Getty Images)
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Elaine Paige, Josh Gad and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson were among those sharing memories of encounters with the renowned actress.
Catherine, who starred alongside Dame Angela in the Broadway musical A Little Night Music, said their time together will “forever be one of the joys of my life”.
In a post on Instagram, the Welsh actor wrote: “Dearest, Darling, Dame Angela Lansbury. May you Rest In Peace.
“Our Broadway double act will forever be one of the joys of my life. As the lights dim for you on ‘The Great White Way’ you shall glow forever in our heart. Love you Angela, Catherine.”
West End star Elaine Paige said Dame Angela was “always so kind and generous” when they had met.
“So upset to hear the news that the legendary Dame Angela Lansbury has died,” Elaine tweeted, sharing a picture of them together.
“One of the last Golden Age of Hollywood stars & a Broadway & West End icon.
“Always so kind & generous when I met her. She will be sadly missed. RIP dearest Angela.”
So upset to hear the news that the legendary Dame Angela Lansbury has died. One of the last Golden Age of Hollywood stars & a Broadway & West End icon. Always so kind & generous when I met her. She will will be sadly missed. RIP dearest Angela. pic.twitter.com/DvSwCfCX7t
— Elaine Paige (@elaine_paige) October 11, 2022
Josh Gad also shared a photo of himself with Dame Angela, saying that she had “touched four generations” with her work.
He said on Twitter: “It is rare that one person can touch multiple generations, creating a breadth of work that defines decade after decade. Angela Lansbury was that artist.
“From ‘Mame’ to ‘Bedknobs’ to ‘Murder She Wrote’ to ‘B&TB’ to ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ she touched 4 generations. RIP Legend.”
It is rare that one person can touch multiple generations, creating a breadth of work that defines decade after decade. #AngelaLansbury was that artist. From “Mame” to “Bedknobs” to “Murder She Wrote” to “B&TB” to “Mary Poppins Returns” she touched 4 generations. RIP Legend🙏 pic.twitter.com/CTFlrL5GPU
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) October 11, 2022
Jesse Tyler Ferguson recalled sitting next to her at the theatre and how they had struck up a lengthy conversation.
“I’ll never forget sitting next to Angela Lansbury at an opening night,” he tweeted.
“Even though I had to pee I refused to leave my seat during intermission. I spent the 15 minutes chatting with her instead.
“She was incredibly lovely and I’m so glad I had that brief time with her. RIP Angela.”
I'll never forget sitting next to Angela Lansbury at an opening night. Even though I had to pee I refused to leave my seat during intermission. I spent the 15 minutes chatting with her instead. She was incredibly lovely and I'm so glad I had that brief time with her. RIP Angela.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (he/him/his) (@jessetyler) October 11, 2022
Many other stars paid tribute on social media...
Thought you would live forever. What an absolutely beautiful legacy you've left. You have influenced generations of actors to aspire to excellence. Rest well!!! May flights of angels...❤️❤️❤️https://t.co/QCwAYzELus
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) October 11, 2022
Gratitude for the magnificent Angela Lansbury who gave us so many great performances. It was an honor to have worked with her and to know her as a friend. Thank you dearest Angie. Love forever pic.twitter.com/R31xmL9YAJ
— Mia Farrow🇺🇦 (@MiaFarrow) October 11, 2022
Angela Lansbury, who graced the stage for decades winning five Tony awards and brought the sleuthing Jessica Fletcher into our living rooms for a dozen years, has passed. A tale old as time, our beloved Mrs. Potts will sing lullabies to us now from the stars. Rest, great soul.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 11, 2022
Angela Lansbury - She, my darlings, was EVERYTHING! pic.twitter.com/MLKlRNjxhA
— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) October 11, 2022
Dame Angela Lansbury has fallen asleep and gone to the ‘theatre in the Sky.’ She epitomised grace and exhibited a gifted natural talent. One of the world’s greatest actors. I had the privilege of meeting her.
— David_Suchet (@David_Suchet) October 11, 2022
Oh what a sad sad day, hope your flying around that bed! I never looked at a bed knob the same! Love you Angela Lansbury! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
— TheVivienne (@THEVIVIENNEUK) October 12, 2022
The brilliant Angela Lansbury, Broadway maverick and beloved 'Murder, She Wrote' star, has died at 96 https://t.co/tS1XWIMJEL
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) October 12, 2022
Nobody did Mame quite like her. Rest in peace, Angela Lansbury. Thank you for your art & wisdom 💔 pic.twitter.com/6NajtxKMa3
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) October 11, 2022
A nod to Dame Angela’s iconic Beauty and the Beast role was featured in a tribute from the official Disney Animation Twitter account.
“We join the world in mourning Disney Legend Angela Lansbury, who brought such incredible warmth and personality to Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast,” it tweeted.
“Her unforgettable performance will forever be a classic.”
Dame Angela was the recipient of multiple awards, including six Tony Awards – recently earning a special lifetime achievement award at the ceremony in 2022.
Sharing a video of her 1969 lead actress in a musical acceptance speech, the Tonys official account described her as “the ultimate thespian”.
“To the ultimate thespian who hosted the Tony Awards more than anyone else and earned six #TonyAwards including a Special Tony for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre this past June, we’re deeply grateful.”
“We’ll miss you, Dame Angela Lansbury.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.