Angela Lansbury was named a Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth this week as part of a yearly New Years' Honors List comprised every year. Lansbury--queen of both live theater, films and the small screen--is best known for her role on Murder, She Wrote. The 88-year-old was recognized by the queen for her charitable work and philanthropy.
"This is awarded for having a major contribution in any activity, usually at national level. Other people working in the nominee’s area will see their contribution as inspirational and significant, requiring commitment over a long period of time," the official British government explanation of the honor bestowed upon Angela Lansbury reads.
A press release accompanying this year's honorees says the following about Lansbury.
"Angela Lansbury Shaw has worked tirelessly carrying out extensive and wide-ranging charitable, voluntary and philanthropic work over many years to support organizations helping to improve the lives of many people.
"With selfless determination and generosity of spirit she has willingly lent her prominence and popularity, raising large sums of money for numerous charities including scholarships for young students and support for medical research.
"An accomplished actress, Angela Lansbury is well-known for her long and successful acting career and many achievements in the entertainment industry where she has repeatedly given back and helped others, including working with younger people to inspire the next generation of actors."
Angela Lansbury was nominated for one Academy Award. She is the recipient of six Golden Globes. She received four Tony Awards and numerous Emmy Award nominations. Do you suppose after winning all these awards for her acting that being named a dame ranks anywhere near as high?
Congratulations to Angela Lansbury on her new title. You have to admit--she makes one very classy dame!
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