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By and On Angela

Angela Lansbury:
A Life on Stage and Screen

By Rob Edelman
and Audrey E. Kupferberg


Angela Lansbury: A Life on Stage and Screen - By Rob Edelman and Audrey E. Kupferberg
Editorial Reviews

A warm and deeply human portrait of a woman and an actress loved by millions, here is the long-overdue biography of one of the world's most admired actresses. Angela Lansbury won four Tony awards and starred in some 50 movies. From Gaslight to her long-running hit TV series Murder, She Wrote, Angela Lansbury has captured the spotlight, while at the same time lived through her share of heartaches and hard times. Illustrated with 16 pages of photos. Available now.

"Good things come to those who wait" is an adage that rightly applies to Angela Lansbury. She started her carrer in Hollywood as a nineteen-year-old contract player who was given a supporting role in the movie Gaslight, starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. Bergman won an Oscar for her role while Lansbury received only an Academy Award nomination for hers. Despite her starring roles in some fifty films, the Oscar has thus far eluded her; nevertheless, Lansbury has been a hit on Broadway and boasts four Tony awards for Mame, Dear World, Gypsy and Sweeney Todd. Her most popular triumph, however, has been her role on television as the sleuth Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote. Lansbury portrayed the lead character with such panache that the series was a permanent fixture in the Top Ten of the Nielsen ratings for over ten years.
While Angela Lansbury has been a consistently successful actress on stage, screen, and television, her life has not been without its share of tragedies and mishaps. At the tender age of nine, her father died, and later she was forced to flee to America as a refugee from the bombing of London during World War II. Her first marriage ended in failure, and the children of her second marriage had serious drug problems during the 1960s.
Angela Lansbury: A Life on Stage and Screen brings us the tragedies and triumphs of one of America's premier actresses. Still going strong in her seventies, Ms. Lansbury is planning future projects and will be entertaining us well into the twenty-first century.


Rob Edelman is the author of Great Baseball Films (Citadel Press), and he is a contributing editor to Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide. He has written for dozens of periodicals, from American Film to the Washington Post. His wife, Audrey E. Kupferberg, is a film consultant, archivist, and appraiser. She is the assistant director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute, and project director of the American Film Institute Catalogue. They live in upstate New York.

Copyright 1996, 1999 Rob Edelman and Audrey E. Kupferberg. All Rights Reserved.

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