Angela Lansbury thought she would have a blissful marriage when she married Richard Cromwell. Sadly, the actor was gay which led to divorce barely a year after they arrived. However, the actress would meet another man with whom she would enjoy a beautiful marriage. Here are the details.
Angela Lansbury has died. She was 96. “The children of Dame Angela Lansbury are sad to announce that their mother died peacefully in her sleep at home in Los Angeles at 1:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, just five days shy of her 97th birthday,” her family said in a statement.
She was best known as an Irish-British and American actress and singer with a career in the entertainment industry that has spanned decades. Although her foray into acting dates back to 1940, she only got international recognition in 1984, following her role as the wise mystery writer, Jessica Fletcher, in the crime series “Murder, She Wrote.”
British-born Irish-American television producer and screenwriter Bruce Lansbury (1930-2017), with his sister Irish-British actress Angela Lansbury, and twin brother, British-born Irish-American film and television producer Edgar Lansbury, looking through a scrapbook at the family home in London, England, circa 1945.
Afterward, she bagged many other roles and slowly became one of the best in the industry. Despite Lansbury’s rise to stardom, she has not forgotten how rough the road was, beginning from her childhood. In 1934 at only nine years, the actress lost her father to cancer, and from then on, her life took a drastic turn.
In 2014, eight decades later, she revealed that her father’s death was the defining moment in her life. According to Lansbury, nothing affected her that deeply before and after the tragic incident. She lost interest in school work and was drowning in grief.
But, at some point, Lansbury had to pick herself up. She started her acting journey and by 1946, she had gotten an Oscar nomination and supported her mother and brothers. Overall, Lansbury would confess that the only good thing about her dad’s death was it launched her into maturity early, as she had to grow up fast.
Angela Lansbury wearing a red evening dress in the doorway of her dressing room, circa 1945. Even though Lansbury matured early, she was still naive and inexperienced. Losing her dad at a young age made her crave a father figure, hence her hasty decision to marry a man 15 years older than her, which ended in a disaster.
Even though her desire for a father figure led to a failed marriage, it helped her to understand why younger women married older men. Lansbury once confused, “I understand younger women marrying older men. It’s a father — she didn’t have the father, and now she’s looking for it.”