Murder, She Wrote star Dame Angela Lansbury dies aged 96

Dame Angela Lansbury has died at the age of 96.

The screen icon, most known for her role in Murder, She Wrote, died at her home in LA earlier today.

Her family confirmed the news, revealing her death came just 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,’ it read.

‘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.’

The statement, shared via People Magazine, concluded: ‘A private family ceremony will be held at a date to be determined.’

Dame Angela’s cause of death has not been confirmed.

The London-born actress made her debut on the big screen when she was just 19 years old, with her turn as Nancy in Gaslight propelling her to superstardom.

She landed an Oscar nomination for the stint in 1944, and then got her second Academy award nomination the following year after stealing the show as Sibyl Vane in The Picture of Dorian Gray.

In 1962, she was tipped for another gong after her work in the Manchurian candidate, before finally accepting an honorary Oscar in 2013.

Dame Angela also commanded attention in Nanny McPhee, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Death on the Nile and The Lady Vanishes.

As well as this, she was a regular on the small screen, appearing in The Man from U.N.C.L.E, The First Christmas, and a Talent for Murder among many others.

Her most notable role came as the mystery author Jessica Fletcher on CBS’ long-running series, Murder, She Wrote.

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