The tributes paid to Dame Angela Lansbury were “really inspiring” after her death at the age of 96.
He is a British-Irish and American actress known for her role as Jessica Fletcher in the American television series Murder, She Wrote.
Dame Angela died “peacefully” in her sleep five days before her 97th birthday, according to a family statement.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, who co-starred with Dame Angela in the Broadway musical A Little Night Music, said their time together will be “forever one of the joys of my life”.
In an Instagram post, Zeta-Jones wrote: “Dearest, Dame Angela Lansbury. You can rest in peace.
“Our Broadway double will forever be one of the joys of my life. When the light dims for you on the ‘Great White Road’, you will forever shine in our hearts. Love you Angela, Catherine. “
Julian Morris co-starred with Dame Angela in the 2017 film Little Women and praised her as “really inspiring”.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain, he said: “She is very forthcoming with tips. She’s just an inspiration in her 90s and knows her craft very well.
“Know her lines, work, have energy, have interest.”
Referring to a picture of them together, he added: “She saw me and I in the lunch line and she said come join me in her trailer.
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“The two of us, we skipped the power and went straight to dessert. And she told me all about her life, moving to America. It was 1940, hard to believe.
“She’s a wonderful person, sincere and truly inspirational.”
Antonio Banderas has shared a collection of Dame Angela’s pictures over the years, writing: “Rest In Peace” and sharing a red rose.
Marie Osmond described her as “one of the brightest stars of the past decade” and added: “Rest in peace Angela Lansbury. The world is a better place because of you.”
West End star Elaine Paige said Dame Angela was “always very kind and generous” when they met.
“So sad to hear the legendary Dame Angela Lansbury has passed away,” Paige tweeted, sharing a photo of them together.
“One of the last Golden Ages of Hollywood stars and an icon of Broadway & West End.
With a career spanning more than eight decades, Dame Angela has been nominated for an Academy Award three times and won a Tony Award five times.
She was born in London in 1925 and later moved to America during World War II, where she attended the Feagin School of Dramatic Art in New York.
Dame Angela’s first film role was in George Cukor’s Gaslight as a young maid named Nancy Oliver who works at the home of the main character in Paula Alquist, played by Ingrid Bergman.
At that time, 19-year-old Dame Angela received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for her role in the 1944 film.
Dame Angela has garnered a lot of recognition and is perhaps best known for her roles in the novel Murder, She Wrote and hitman Jessica Fletcher – a retired teacher from the fictional town Cabot Cove, who became a successful detective novelist after the death of her husband.
She played the character in the crime drama series for a total of 12 years and nine seasons, after first starring in the role in 1984.
Flowers have been placed on Dame Angela’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with the walk’s producer Ana Martinez saying: “Sadly, we’ve lost another Walk of Fame.
“Beloved actress Angela Lansbury has passed away and Hollywood once again mourns the loss of one of our other talented performers.
“We send our condolences to her family.”
In 2013, Dame Angela was awarded an Academy Honorary Award for her lifetime achievements in film and was also awarded a lifetime achievement award by Bafta in 2002.
Dame Angela was married twice, first to American actor Richard Cromwell in 1945 when she was 19 and he was 35. The couple divorced in 1946, but remained friends until Cromwell’s death in 1960.
She married her second husband, actor and producer Peter Shaw, in 1949 and they were together until Shaw’s death in 2003. The couple had two children of their own, Anthony Peter and Deirdre Ann, and Dame Angela also became the stepmother of David, Shaw’s son from a previous relationship.
Anthony went on to become a television director and directed 68 episodes of Murder, She Wrote.
Dame Angela was named a CBE in the Queen’s 1994 Birthday Honors and was named a DBE in the 2014 New Year Honors for her drama services, philanthropic work and philanthropy.
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