R.I.P. Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury died peacefully in her sleep yesterday morning at 1:30 a.m.  She was 96 years old . . . but only five days away from her 97th birthday.

Lansbury is best known for solving crimes as Jessica Fletcher on the CBS drama “Murder, She Wrote”.  The show was on for 12 seasons, and she was nominated for an Emmy for it every year . . . but never won.

Overall she was 0 for 18 at the Emmys, but she did win five Tonys, and got an honorary Oscar in 2013.  She was actually nominated for the Academy Award three times in her career.

The nominations were for “Gaslight” in 1944, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” in 1945, and “The Manchurian Candidate” in 1962.

The other thing Angela will be remembered for is being the voice of Mrs. Potts in Disney’s original, fully-animated “Beauty and the Beast”.

Angela is survived by three children, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

(Here’s some behind-the-scenes footage of Angela recording the classic “Beauty and the Beast” song “Be Our Guest”.  And here are some celebrity tributes.)

(Hollywood Reporter)