Legendary Actress Angela Lansbury

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on September 28, 2003

I miss Angela Lansbury and her show Murder, She Wrote. Is she in any new TV shows or movies?
—Diana C., Arkansas

If you were watching, you may have caught the actress reprising her role as author and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle. The CBS television movie shot on location in Ireland aired in May. Lansbury also is featured in AFI's 100 Years … 100 Heroes & Villains, an American Film Institute television special that aired June 3 on CBS. This year has been a sad one for the 77-year-old actress. Her husband of 54 years, producer and former agent Peter Shaw, died of congestive heart failure in January at age 84 at their home in Brentwood, Calif. Shaw and Lansbury's two sons founded a production company in 1987 that co-produced Lansbury's long-running hit series Murder, She Wrote. While she is best known to millions of TV viewers as Fletcher, Lansbury was just 19 when she was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as the sinister maid in the 1944 movie Gaslight. She went on to enjoy a long career in film, television, and on stage, including winning four Tony awards. Younger fans will recognize her voice as that of Mrs. Potts in Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast.