Angela Lansbury is a British actress who got her first Academy Award nomination at the age of 19 and ever since then she has never slowed down a bit.
Angela Lansbury was born in London, England on October 16, 1923. She lost her father when she was just nine years old, she grieved for years.
She was filled with sadness while growing up and coincidentally found solace in performance.
“Nothing before or since has ever affected me so deeply,” she told Closer. “I became something of a dreamer, lost in my grief [and] much more interested in acting, following the example of my mother.”
She always loved attention from a very young age and always loved acting up. “At the age of 11 or 12, I remember sitting on buses and trying to look interesting.
Or I would get people’s attention by saying something kind of outlandish that simply sounded as if I knew something they didn’t know.
“[I was] taking on the emotional and mental aspects of somebody other than Brigid. So I was acting through a great deal of my life without even realizing that that’s what I was doing.”
Angela left with her mother, Moyna Macgill for New York in August 1940 as word war II approached. She was an actress so it was easy for her to land herself work on Broadway.
At the age of 19, Angela got her first-ever professional role and she showed the world she was a pro. She starred alongside Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight, playing the housemaid, Nancy.
“That was a thrilling experience, to work with Ingrid [Bergman], who was so kind. It was sort of a dream world,” she recalled. “I was so young; I was really awed by what I was being asked to do.
And when you’re challenged like that, you damn well do your best.” The success of gaslight brought her into the spotlight and she was sought out by many studios.
Angela married her first husband, actor Richard Cromwell in 1945, and divorced a year later. She married the second time Peter Shaw in 1946. “We had the perfect relationship,” Angela Lansbury said of their marriage in 2014.
“Not many people can say that. He was everything to me: we were partners at work as well as husband and wife and lovers.
I don’t know how we had such a long marriage, but the simple fact was that we were devoted to one another.” Sadly Peter suffered congestive heart failure and passed away in 2003.
They had two children together. Angela today is aging like fine wine and age seems not to be a barrier to anything she wants to get done. “I’ve never been particularly aware of my age.
It’s like being on a bicycle – I just put my foot down and keep going,” she said, according to Express. “I never look at my face and think, ‘God, you’re getting old or think of running out of steam.”