By and On Angela
A Life on Stage and Screen
By Rob Edelman
and Audrey E. Kupferberg
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
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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