Angela Lansbury Is Now Dame Angela

By: Emily Greene - April 16, 2014

This week has been a great week if your name happens to be Angela Lansbury, though now we have to call her Dame Angela Lansbury.

On Tuesday, April 15, Lansbury was at Windsor Castle where Queen Elizabeth II made her a Dame. The honor was bestowed upon Lansbury for her charity work and her acting career that has spanned most of her lifetime.

“It is a very proud day for me to be recognised by the country of my birth, and to meet the Queen under these circumstances is a rare and lovely occasion,” said Lansbury of the occasion.

Now a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE), Lansbury was previously known as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Lansbury was born in the UK, but moved to the United States after her father died during World War II.

While many may recognize the new Dame from her work as crime writer-turned-amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote, Lansbury has also appeared in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Manchurian Candidate (1962), and voiced Mrs. Potts in the animated classic Beauty and the Beast.

Dame Angela’s acting work doesn’t stop with the small and big screens. Lansbury is currently reprising her role as Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit on the London stage.

Lansbury was awarded an honorary Oscar last year after being nominated for an Oscar three times, including for her debut role in the 1944 film Gaslight.

“[The Oscar] is for my work in motion pictures and this is for the overall accomplishments of my life as an actress. It has afforded me the joy of working in America and also in England a great deal,” said Lansbury.

Many took to Twitter to congratulate the new Dame.

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Emily GreeneEmily Greene is a journalist and budding fashionista. She is a die hard fan of UK and the Greenbay Packers. She is a self-professed Anglophile and loves a good musical in any platform. You can follow her on Twitter and Google+

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  • elfiemarie

    Dame Angela…how fitting! I still miss Murder She Wrote!

  • Patricia Brady-Danzig

    Dear Angela ( Jessica ), I have been a fan since National Velvet and enjoyed your celebration on Broadway a few years ago. You are the best! Patricia Brady-Danzig pbradydan@erols.com

  • Susan Wallis

    DAME Angela!! I have always loved watching any movie that you are in and especially “Murder, She wrote”!! That one is my all-time favorite show!! I think you are a beautiful, classy lady!! Thank you for the many years of entertainment and joy that you have brought to my life!!!

  • Valerie Randol-alwell

    I have loved Angela Lansbury ever since I saw her one of the best films ever made, Danny Kaye’s The Court Jester, in which she played the very self-possessed (and very young) Princess Gwendolyn. Adored her in Bedknobs, never missed an episode of Murder, She Wrote, and got to see her live as Mrs. Lovett in The SF production of Sweeney Todd. Congratulations to one of the most beautiful and talented women of our lifetime!