Angela Lansbury to be Honored with Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement

Posted 2022/05/24 11 0

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On Monday, the Tony Awards Administration Committee announced that Broadway legend, Angela Lansbury, will receive the 2022 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. With a career in the entertainment industry spanning over 80 years, Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury will be honored for her works at the 75th Annual Tony Awards on June 12, 2022. Lansbury is one of the last stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema and oldest surviving Academy Award nominee.

Best known for her role as Jessica Fletcher on Murder She Wrote, the longest-running (1984-1996) detective drama series in television history, the Irish-British and American actress made her Broadway debut in 1957 in Hotel Paradiso.

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Regarding the announcement, Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, President and CEO of the American Theatre Wing released a joint statement:

“Angela Lansbury’s contributions to the stage are insurmountable. From her groundbreaking role in Mame to her iconic performances in Deuce and Sweeney Todd, and most recently, in the revival of A Little Night Music, Ms. Lansbury has given us a lifetime of unforgettable performances, and it is a great honor to present her with the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Lansbury is the recipient of several awards and accolades including five Tony awards, six Golden Globes, 18 Emmy nominations, an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in Motion Pictures, the Silver Mask for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, BAFTA/LA Britannia Award for Lifetime Achievement in Television and Film, a National Medal of Arts, and a Kennedy Center Honor.

Following her theater debut in 1957, Lansbury has performed on stage in A Taste of Honey (1960), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Mame (1966, winning her first Tony), Dear World (1969, second Tony), Gypsy (1974, third Tony) and Sweeney Todd (1979, fourth Tony). She returned to Broadway to perform in Deuce (2007) after a 24-year hiatus and followed up by Blithe Spirit (2009, winning her fifth Tony).


The actress has appeared in more than 70 films starting with her Oscar-nominated turn at age 17 in Gaslight. Other film credits include National Velvet, The Picture of Dorian Gray (another Oscar nomination), The Harvey Girls, State of the Union, Samson and Delilah, The Court Jester, The Long, Hot Summer, The Manchurian Candidate (one more Oscar nod), Death on the Nile and Nanny McPhee.

Angela Lansbury has certainly given us a lifetime of unforgettable performances.


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