Angela Lansbury

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Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury, DBE (born October 16, 1925) is an English-Irish-American actress who has appeared in theatre, television and film. Her career has spanned seven decades, much of it based in the United States, and her work has attracted international attention.

Lansbury was born to a middle-class family in central London, the daughter of actress Moyna Macgill and politician Edgar Lansbury. To escape the Blitz, in 1940 she moved to the United States, there studying acting in New York City. Proceeding to Hollywood in 1942, she signed to MGM and obtained her first film roles, in Gaslight (1944) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), earning her two Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe Award. She appeared in eleven further MGM films, mostly in minor roles, and after her contract ended in 1952 she began supplementing her cinematic work with theatrical appearances. Although largely seen as a B-list star during this period, her appearance in the film The Manchurian Candidate (1962) received widespread acclaim and is cited as being one of her finest performances. Moving into musical theatre, Lansbury finally gained stardom for playing the leading role in the Broadway musical Mame (1966), which earned her a range of awards and established her as a gay icon.

Amid difficulties in her personal life, Lansbury moved from California to County Cork, Ireland in 1970, and continued with a variety of theatrical and cinematic appearances throughout that decade. These included leading roles in the stage musicals Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, and The King and I, as well as in the hit Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). Moving into television, she achieved worldwide fame as fictional writer and sleuth Jessica Fletcher in the American whodunit series Murder, She Wrote, which ran for twelve seasons from 1984 until 1996, becoming one of the longest-running and most popular detective drama series in television history. Through Corymore Productions, a company that she co-owned with her husband Peter Shaw, Lansbury assumed ownership of the series and was its executive producer for the final four seasons. She also moved into voice work, thereby contributing to animated films like Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1991). Since then, she has toured in a variety of international theatrical productions and continued to make occasional film appearances.

Lansbury has received an Honorary Oscar and has won five Tony Awards, six Golden Globes and an Olivier Award. She has also been nominated for numerous other industry awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress on three occasions, and various Primetime Emmy Awards on eighteen occasions. She has been the subject of three biographies.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 The Sherman Brothers Songbook Various Artists 1
2012 Essential Christmas: Original Hits By The Original Artists Various Artists 1
Disney 26 Magical Songs From The Movies Various Artists 1
Disney Princess Fairy Tale Songs Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

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1992 The Sondheim Songbook Various Artists 1
1992 Christmas: 16 Most Requested Songs Various Artists 2
1993 The Party's Over: Broadway Sings the Blues Various Artists 1
1995 The Very Best of Disney: 39 Original Songs Various Artists 2
1995 Disney's It's a Small World and Other Disney Favorites Various Artists 1
1995 Walt Disney Records Presents Classics 1: 20 Original American Songs Various Artists 1
1996 Broadway Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
1998 The Disney Experience Various Artists 1
1998 The Only Broadway CD You'll Ever Need Various Artists 1
1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Various Artists 1
1999 The Only Musicals Album You'll Ever Need Various Artists 1
2000 Disney's Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
2001 Great Musicals Various Artists 1
2001 Disney Forever Various Artists 1
2003 Musicals: The Essential Album Various Artists 1
2003 Disney's Magical Music Collection Various Artists 1
2004 Broadway: The American Musical Various Artists 2
2005 Julie Andrews Selects Her Favorite Disney Songs Julie Andrews 1
2006 Driving With Disney Various Artists 1
2006 Ultimate Disney Princess Various Artists 1
2006 The Best Disney Album in the World ...Ever Various Artists 1
2006 The Disney Collection, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2008 101 Songs From the Musicals Various Artists 3.25 1
2008 Sleeping Beauty and Friends Various Artists 1
2011 Disney Princesses Various Artists 1
2011 Now That’s What I Call Disney! Various Artists 5
2011 A Classic Christmas Various Artists 1
2013 Pure… Musicals Various Artists 1
2013 Now That's What I Call Disney Princess Various Artists 3
2014 Now That's What I Call Disney 3 Various Artists 1
Billboard Presents: Family Christmas Classics Various Artists 1
Croon and Swoon: A Classic Christmas, Volume 1 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Classic Disney, Volume I: 60 Years of Musical Magic (Pink) Various Artists 3
1996 Classic Disney, Volume III: 60 Years of Musical Magic (Green) Various Artists 3
2013 Disney Classics Box Set Various Artists 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 The Wonder of Christmas Mormon Tabernacle Choir 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Beauty and the Beast (1991 film soundtrack) Alan Menken 2 5
1997 Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Rachel Portman 1
2003 マイ・ファースト・ディズニー オリジナル・サウンドトラック・ベスト Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Songs and Story: Beauty and the Beast Various Artists 1

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