The daughter of an actress and granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Angela Lansbury was born in London on Oct. 16, 1925. Her family fled to New York to escape the blitz of World War II, but Lansbury soon moved to Hollywood, earning an Oscar nomination for her debut film role in Gaslight (1944). She also received Oscar nominations for her performances in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962).
Known for playing strong women, Lansbury balanced her film work with roles in the theater, winning Tony Awards for her appearances in "Mame," "Dear World," "Gypsy" and "Sweeney Todd."
The character Lansbury is most associated with is Jessica Fletcher from the long-running TV series "Murder, She Wrote." Other notable films for Lansbury include The Harvey Girls, The Long, Hot Summer, The Mirror Crack'd and Beauty and the Beast.