- Film And TV
- 12 Oct 22
NASA, Walt Disney Animation Studios and more have paid tribute to the iconic actress.
Fans, friends and fellow actors continue to pay tribute to Angela Lansbury, following news of her death yesterday, aged 96.
The actress – famed for her roles in Murder, She Wrote (1984-1996); Beauty and the Beast (1991); Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971); The Manchurian Candidate (1962); The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945); and more – died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles, according to a statement from her family.
Lansbury, who was an Irish citizen, was born in London to an Irish actress mother, Moyna Macgill, and an English politician father, Edgar Lansbury. She said in 2016, upon receiving the prestigious Volta Award at the Dublin International Film Festival, that she considered herself "an Irish-British actress." Over the years, Lansbury also spent a significant amount of time in Cork, where she had a house.
Walt Disney Animation Studios are among those who have paid tribute to the actress, following news of her death.
"We join the world in mourning Disney Legend Angela Lansbury, who brought such incredible warmth and personality to Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast," they wrote on Twitter. "Her unforgettable performance will forever be a classic."
In memory of Lansbury, NASA also posted a "cosmic rose plucked by our Spitzer Space Telescope", alongside a quote from Beauty and the Beast.
— NASA (@NASA) October 11, 2022
See more tributes to Angela Lansbury below:
Angela was from a family of socialists: her grandfather Labour leader George Lansbury campaigned for votes for women. Her father Edgar imprisoned in the Poplar Rates Rebellion served as Poplar’s mayor.
The Lansbury tradition of standing up for people should live on in all of us.
— Apsana Begum MP (@ApsanaBegumMP) October 12, 2022
Rest in Peace, Angela Lansbury. She walked so all other witches could run. I wore a hole in my VHS tape of this scene as a kid, dying from laughter and wondering if it was real magic. pic.twitter.com/5r07tu2XlN
— Thomas Sanderson Sisters (@ThomasSanders) October 11, 2022
Dame Angela Lansbury has fallen asleep and gone to the ‘theatre in the Sky.’ She epitomised grace and exhibited a gifted natural talent. One of the world’s greatest actors. I had the privilege of meeting her.
— David_Suchet (@David_Suchet) October 11, 2022
Angela Lansbury - She, my darlings, was EVERYTHING! pic.twitter.com/MLKlRNjxhA
— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) October 11, 2022
I once met Angela Lansbury. I was a super fan and she still exceeded expectations.
As I walked into her dressing room her manager mentioned I was a parliamentary candidate, to which she sternly replied ‘it had better be for Labour!’.
I couldn’t have adored her more.
— Peter Kyle MP (@peterkyle) October 11, 2022
Angela Lansbury defeated Nazi’s, traveling on a bed. That is all. pic.twitter.com/M3ucG1Rxki
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) October 12, 2022
A thing you should know:
In September, 1987, Angela Lansbury headlined a show that packed the Chicago Theater with 2,400 people to raise money for AIDS research. It was the first major AIDS benefit in Chicago, and it raised $1 million. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/lpKHNlGbsu
— Rebecca Makkai (@rebeccamakkai) October 11, 2022
In accordance with her wishes, police are treating Angela Lansbury's death as suspicious.
— Belfast Empire (@belfastEmpire) October 11, 2022
Speaking personally, I'd be quite happy for ABC News to give us two weeks of round-the-clock coverage of the life of Angela Lansbury.
— Mark Humphries (@markhumphries) October 12, 2022