Angela Lansbury: A Broadway and Hollywood icon has passed away

Los Angeles, California - Angela Lansbury, known for her iconic role in TV's Murder, She Wrote and her command of the Broadway spotlight, has passed away at the age of 96.

Angela Lansbury at the 2018 DGA Awards.
Angela Lansbury at the 2018 DGA Awards.  © Robyn Beck / AFP

Lansbury's family announced her death in a statement released on Tuesday.

"The children of Dame Angela Lansbury are sad to announce that their mother died peacefully in her sleep at home in Los Angeles," the statement said.

The actor died just five days shy of her 97th birthday.

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Lansbury was known for her work on the small screen, where she starred in Murder, She Wrote as Jessica Fletcher for twelve seasons.

She was also known for her voiceover work in the classic Disney movie Beauty and the Beast, in which she voiced the beloved Mrs. Potts.

She was honored with a lifetime achievement award at this year's Tony Awards for her many standout performances on the Broadway stage. The honor marked her sixth Tony accolade.

The British star also received an Honorary Academy Award, having been nominated at the ceremony three times. And though she never took home an Emmy Award, she received 11 nominations for her work in Murder, She Wrote.

In 1996, Lansbury was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Screen Actors Guild.

"It has been an outstanding life, especially for me," Lansbury said in her SAG acceptance speech.

Cover photo: Robyn Beck / AFP

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