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Angela Lansburyone of the most legendary Hollywood stars, died on Tuesday at the age of 96.

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“Dame Angela Lansbury’s children sadly report that their mother died peacefully in a dream at home in Los Angeles at 1:30 AM today, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, just five days before her 97th birthday,” her family said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

“In addition to her three children, Anthony, Deirdre and David, she is survived by three grandchildren, Peter, Katherine and Jan, as well as five great-grandchildren and her brother, producer Edgar Lansbury,” the statement said. “She was preceded by the death of her husband of 53, Peter Shaw. A private family ceremony will be held on a date to be determined.”

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‘Murder, She Wrote’ Star six Golden Globes and 18 nominations for the Emmy Award and an honorary Oscar for services to cinema. Lansbury has also been awarded the National Medal of Arts and has a Kennedy Center Honors.

HOLLYWOOD mourns Angela Lansbury: ‘She touched 4 generations’

Lansbury was once the richest woman in television history thanks to her breakout role in Murder, She Wrote.

The actress won hearts by playing Jessica Fletcher. It was watched by twenty-eight million viewers weekly from 1985 to 1996, according to the Daily Mail.

Angela Lansbury "Murder, She Wrote"

According to the publication, Lansbury’s salary rose from $40,000 per episode to $200,000 and she became the show’s executive producer.

Lansbury told People in 1984 that she almost didn’t get the role of Jessica Fletcher.

“Peter Fisher originally wrote this for Jean Stapleton, but she had just lost her husband and didn’t want to do anything,” Lansbury said.

Lansbury portrayed detective writer and an amateur detective on the CBS series for 12 seasons from 1984 to 1996.

“When I read this, I felt that Peter’s script could have been written for me. In addition, there are so few worthy roles for women on television, and Jessica immediately took me, ”Lansbury added.

Angela Lansbury Golden Globe

Before she landed her lead role, Lansbury was best known for her stage work.

“There was nothing interesting for me on Broadway at the moment,” Lansbury recalled. – Within the same week, two TV scripts were sent to me. One was a Norman Lear sitcom and the other was a two-hour pilot for Murder, She Wrote.


According to Celebrity Net Worth, Lansbury’s net worth at the time of her death was $70 million. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living Academy Award nominee.

Will Mendelsohn of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.