Angela Lansbury, actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood and eternal Jessica Fletcher ofArabesquepassed away at the age of 96.
With the death of Angela Lansbury on October 11, few can still boast of making the link between this current cinematographic world, so criticized, so criticizable, and the glorious past of the seventh art, the one which has seen it flourish, especially in a Hollywood more than ever creative, John Ford, Frank Capra, Joseph L. Mankiewicz or Howard Hawks. Today, Clint Eastwood undoubtedly embodies the only illustrious figure who still links us with this period of state of grace.
Unfortunately, Angela Lansbury was known to the general public especially for the role of Jessica Fletcher in the television series Arabesque. Indeed, she suffered from the syndrome of the role which eclipses the rest of her performances, like those directors identified with a single feature film (one thinks, for example, of Nicholas Ray or Robert Aldrich, associated respectively with The Fury of Living and to Twelve Bastards while their filmography includes many other nuggets).
However, it is important not to restrict the career of Angela Lansbury to her appearances for the small window. The British actress born in 1925 and who migrated to the United States at the start of the Second World War thus turned under the direction of the greatest. She first gets a place in George Cukor’s thriller, hauntingalongside Ingrid Bergman. Her performance earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor that same year.
From then on, the actress became very popular and began her crazy ascent. She landed a second Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Sybil Vaine in The Picture of Dorian Gray. We see it at Frank Capra (The challenge), Cecil B. DeMille (Samson and Delilah), Michael Curtiz or Vincente Minelli. She will give the reply to Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly, Katharine Hepburn or Judy Garland. Finally, she will be nominated for a third time at the Oscars for A Murder in the Head.
Moreover, with his interpretation in A Murder in the Head, we detect her ability to take on the features of an older woman when she was only thirty years old. During this period, she is more rare on the screens since she is now the mother of two children. In 1957, she began a career on the boards and met with stunning success on Broadway. She won the Tony Awards four times, the supreme American theatrical award, a record!
Then she made her debut on television during the 1970s and participated in various adaptations of Agatha Christie. Perhaps, one of the reasons why, the producers will entrust him in 1984, the role of Angela Fletcher in the series Arabesque. By taking on the features of this novelist/detective, Angela Lansbury will experience an astounding notoriety. The series has also been successfully distributed abroad and has given rise to twelve seasons while the actress has been awarded four Golden Globes.
The last page was therefore written on October 11, 2022 for the fantastic story of Angela Lansbury. But the river novel of his life is not limited to a simple cult series. The world of cinema has said goodbye to one of its great ladies and sees an exceptional period on the artistic level slip away a little more.
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Arabesque detective Angela Lansbury dies at 96