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Angela Lansbury, star of ‘Arabesque’ and Broadway, has died

Arabesque star Angela Lansbury, whose career spanned 75 years, died on Tuesday 11 October at the age of 96.  

On the big screen, in the theatre, on television, her face was everywhere. Angela Lansbury, the triumphant actress who played an author in the series Arabesque, died a few days before she could blow out her 97 candles. During her 75-year career, she was nominated for three Oscars and holds the record for most Emmy nominations. And her popularity is indeed justified on the small screen, when she took on the role of crime thriller writer Jessica Fletcher in the series that aired every Sunday night in 1984. She went on to play the character again in four more TV movies between 1997 and 2003.

Story of a star 

Angela Lansbury was born in 1925 in London. Her father, Edgard Lansbury, leader of the Labour Party in the 1930s, died when she was just nine years old. A few years later, she lived with her half-sister in Ireland, while her mother, the actress Moyna MacGill, remained in England. But the bombings of the World War, which hit the English city, forced her and her family to go to the United States. 

On the other side of the Atlantic, the young actress' career began. The playwright and screenwriter John Van Druten discovered her. The 17-year-old Lansbury soon made her first film, Gaslight, with director George Cukor, for which she was nominated for an Oscar as best supporting actress. "She was immediately professional. All of a sudden, I saw a real actor's game in the movies," said the director. Then, in 1957, Broadway called: she played in an adaptation of Georges Feydeau and Maurice Desvallières' L'Hotel du libre-échange, before continuing her performances on the stage. Or to lend her voice to the Dowager empress in the cartoon Anastasia. Until she died of old age. 


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