Angela Lansbury Explores Theater

Celebrity Q&A
January 30, 2013

‘Murder She Wrote’ star honored for recent stage productions

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How old is Angela Lansbury and how many children does she have? Is she still acting?
—Amy DeVries, Omaha, Neb.

At 87 years old, Lansbury is still going strong. In 2006, she relocated from Los Angeles to New York, where she has been active in the theater, appearing in “Deuce” in 2007, “Blithe Spirit” in 2009, “A Little Night Music” in 2010, and Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” in 2012, for which she received a nomination for a Drama Desk Award.

This month, the London, England-born actress, who was widowed in 2003, plans to tour Australia, where she will star in “Driving Miss Daisy” with James Earl Jones.

In addition to her theater work, she has starred in the movies “Nanny McPhee” in 2005 and “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” in 2011.

The winner of five Tony Awards and nominee for three Academy Awards and 18 Emmy Awards is the mother of two, stepmother of one and a grandmother.

Lansbury, who starred in “Murder She Wrote” for 12 years, became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1951. On April 19, 2012, she was honored at the 11th annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards with the B.C. Forbes Peopling of America Award.

At the ceremony, she reflected on the opportunities her adopted country has afforded her, saying, “Over 72 years ago, my brother Edgar and I arrived in America. What a ride it’s been! I have had a wonderful life through my children, through my husband of 54 years, through my brothers, who were enormously successful, who came with me. It has always been a family affair with me. That is why being given this award means so much.”

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