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Rare Facts About Angela Lansbury Show A Different Side Of The Star Than Fans Knew

Some people are just born special, and Dame Angela Lansbury was one of them. The late actress passed away on October 11th, 2022, just shy of her 97th birthday. And over the course of her legendary life, you name it, she did it. Singing, acting, dancing, performing, entertaining — it wasn't just a career for her; it was a large part of her identity. Still, before Lansbury was a sought-after star of stage and screen, she was just another actress trying to break into the business. Her early days weren’t filled with magic and music as you might think. In fact, she almost didn't make it at all.

What started it all

Angela Lansbury was known for her wit and emotional depth, and she credited her Irish and English sides for each respective trait. Her mother, also an actress, was from Ireland, while her father, a merchant and politician, was English.

Defining moments

A “defining moment” in Lansbury’s life was when her father died of cancer. She was just nine years old. “Nothing before or since has affected me so deeply,” she once said. And it was during this time that she began depending on acting as a coping mechanism.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Fearing for their lives during World War II, Lansbury’s mother moved the family overseas to New York. It wasn’t long after Lansbury got into acting that she nabbed her acclaimed roles in Gaslight and The Picture of Dorian Gray.


It’s rare for an actress to be Oscar-nominated in the first place, let alone on her first two gigs. But that’s what happened to Angela Lansbury with Gaslight and The Picture of Dorian Gray, after which she scored her first two Oscars nods.