The entertainment world has once again lost another one of its biggest and brightest stars, after it was announced earlier this week that theatre luminary and TV actress Angela Lansbury had “peacefully” passed away in her sleep, at age 96.
Her absence is already being felt by many, especially by fellow thespians and screen actors who looked up to the star as a role model and guiding light as they pursued their own acting endeavours.
Given her impact on the entertainment industry, news of her passing sparked an outpouring of tributes from celebrities who are no doubt still grieving over her death.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, who starred in Broadway’s A Little Night Music, alongside Lansbury, took to Instagram to share a photo of them together with a caption that read: “Dearest, Darling, Dame Angela Lansbury. May you Rest In Peace.”
“Our Broadway double act will forever be one of the joys of my life. As the lights dim for you on ‘The Great White Way’ you shall glow forever in our hearts. Love you Angela, Catherine,” she wrote.
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Actor Josh Gad, best known for being the voice of Olaf the snowman in Frozen, also took to Instagram to share his message.
“It is rare that one person can touch multiple generations, creating a breadth of work that defines decade after decade,” he wrote.
“Angela Lansbury was that artist. From Mame to Bedknobs, to Murder She Wrote to B&TB, to Mary Poppins Returns she touched four generations.”
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Oscar-winning American actress Viola Davis also honoured Lansbury with a touching tweet acknowledging the legacy she’s left behind.
Thought you would live forever. What an absolutely beautiful legacy you’ve left. You have influenced generations of actors to aspire to excellence. Rest well!!! May flights of angels…❤️❤️❤️https://t.co/QCwAYzELus
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) October 11, 2022
Disney Animation Studios and NASA have also paid their respects to Lansbury, who brought the lovable Mrs Potts to life in the 1991 classic animation, Beauty and the Beast.
We join the world in mourning Disney Legend Angela Lansbury, who brought such incredible warmth and personality to Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast. Her unforgettable performance will forever be a classic: https://t.co/GWUlnxe9on pic.twitter.com/1Mv0MSG8y6
— Disney Animation (@DisneyAnimation) October 11, 2022
Tale as old as time
True as it can be
— NASA (@NASA) October 11, 2022
Many others have also added their voices to the chorus of praise for Lansbury and her stand-out performances, showing the extent of her impact across generations of actors and members of the public.
RIP Angela Lansbury. This is what stardom means, especially in the theater: she provided the most fabulous, irreplaceable joy. She was beloved as a person and an actress, and managed to be approachable, glamorous and heartbreaking. She’ll be missed, celebrated and adored pic.twitter.com/8HVhQRFv4C
— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) October 11, 2022
Angela Lansbury, who graced the stage for decades winning five Tony awards and brought the sleuthing Jessica Fletcher into our living rooms for a dozen years, has passed. A tale old as time, our beloved Mrs. Potts will sing lullabies to us now from the stars. Rest, great soul.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 11, 2022
Nobody did Mame quite like her. Rest in peace, Angela Lansbury. Thank you for your art & wisdom ???? pic.twitter.com/6NajtxKMa3
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) October 11, 2022
rest in peace, the absolute legend and superstar, dame angela lansbury. you were the hero of so many of my childhood memories. your pioneering work and outstanding talent will always be remembered and treasured ♥️ pic.twitter.com/2rNl0CIOgW
— sophia ✨ (@musicallaneous) October 11, 2022
Prior to her death, Lansbury was nominated for ten Golden Globes and won four, she was also nominated for 12 Emmy Awards which saw her claim the record for the most Golden Globe nominations and wins for Best Actress in a television drama series and the most Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Lansbury is survived by three children and her brother, producer Edgar Lansbury, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.