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--DEAD OR ALIVE?--

See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":

Eugene "Gordon" Lee: Played "Porky" in the "Our Gang"/"Little Rascals" comedies

Jackie Cooper: Child star who was one of the "Little Rascals" in the 1930s and appeared in many other films ("The Champ","The Bowery"), he played Perry White in the "Superman" movies of the '70s and '80s

Louis Malle
: French film director, "Les Amants", "Pretty Baby", "Atlantic City"

(Answer at the bottom)

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Angela Lansbury

Learn More About Angela Lansbury on Celebrity Nooz

BIRTH DATE: October 16, 1925, Poplar, London, United Kingdom

BIRTH NAME: Angela Brigid Lansbury

CLAIM TO FAME: She is best known to modern audiences as writer and sleuth Jessica Fletcher on the American television series Murder, She Wrote (1984â??1996).

FAMILY LIFE: Lansbury was married to American actor Richard Cromwell in 1945 when he was 35 and she was 19. The marriage ended after a year when she learned of Cromwell's bisexuality. She was married to British-born actor and businessman Peter Shaw from 1949 until his death in 2003. They had two children, Anthony Peter Shaw born 1952 and Deidre Angela Shaw born 1953.

INFO: Lansbury was born in London to an upper-class British family, and came to America with her mother and twin brothers when she was 14. Her first professional role was on stage as a cabaret dancer at 16, and soon after came her Broadway debut in 1957's Hotel Paradiso. Her first starring role was in the 1960 play A Taste of Honey with Joan Plowright and Billy Dee Williams.

Her Broadway fame continued as she played the original
Mame, starred in New York productions of The King and I with Yul Brynner, as Gypsy Rose Lee's mother Mama Rose in Gypsy, and as the baker of human meat pies in Sweeney Todd.

She really became known to audiences when she played the best-selling mystery writer Jessica Fletcher on the TV series Murder, She Wrote. She portrayed the murder-solving Jessica for over a decade, and when the series was canceled she returned in the role for several made-for-TV movies.

Lansbury's film career included the haunting thriller Gaslight with Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman, and a role as Elizabeth Taylor's older sister in the classic National Velvet. She appeared as the music hall singer in Oscar Wilde's 1945 film The Picture of Dorian Gray, in the original Manchurian Candidate alongside Laurence Harvey, as the apprentice witch in Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and as detective Miss Marple in Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd. She was also the voice of the teapot in Disney's animated Beauty and the Beast, and sang the movie's Oscar-winning theme song.

TRIVIA: Became a naturalized US citizen in 1951.

Her daughter and son-in-law, a chef, are restaurateurs in West Los Angeles.

Her son Anthony Shaw, after a brief fling with acting, became producer/director of Murder, She Wrote and currently is a television executive and director.

Her half-sister Isolde was married to Peter Ustinov for some years.

Is related by marriage to actress Ally Sheedy, ex-wife of her nephew David Lansbury.

Was a long-time resident of Brentwood, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

Had knee-replacement surgery on July 14, 2005.

Her brother Edgar was instrumental in bringing Godspell to Broadway.

Her other brother Bruce was a television producer for such shows as The Wild Wild West and Mission: Impossible.

Her paternal grandfather was the Labour Party leader George Lansbury.

Was offered the role of "Nurse Ratchet" in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) but turned it down because she didn't think she could handle the role.

Has been nominated 12 times for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series on "Murder, She Wrote" (1984), plus four more before, during and after the series, but didn't win.

Was among the special guests who were invited to the Grand Opening of the first Disney Park in Europe.

Was the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center Honors in 2000 for her services to the arts.

Was awarded a C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to drama in 1994.

WHERE IS SHE NOW: She moved to New York City in 2006 and the next year she returned to Broadway to appear in the production of Deuce. In March 2009, she appeared on Broadway again in the role of Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, which played at the Shubert Theatre. She won several awards for this role, including the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. From December 2009 through June 2010, she starred as Madame Armfeldt in the first Broadway revival of A Little Night Music at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Lansbury co-starred in the film Mr. Popper's Penguins, with Jim Carrey, which was released this summer. She will also appear in an upcoming film, Adaline, alongside Katherine Heigl.

WRITE TO Angela Lansbury:
Angela Lansbury
c/o WME
9601 Wilshire Blvd, 3rd Floor,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Video Clips of Angela Lansbury

Murder She Wrote - Theme Song

A Tale as Old as Time - Beauty and the Beast

CREDITS:
2012 Adaline (pre-production)...Flemming Jackson

2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins...Mrs. Van Gundy

2008 Heidi 4 Paws...Grandmamma (voice)

2007 Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ (Video Game)...Mrs. Potts (voice: English version)

2005 Kingdom Hearts II (Video Game)...Mrs. Potts (voice: English version)

2005 Nanny McPhee...Aunt Adelaide

2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury (TV series)...Eleanor Duvall
Day (2005) â?¦ Eleanor Duvall

2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series)...Eleanor Duvall
Night (2005) â?¦ Eleanor Duvall

2004 Sing Along Songs: Disney Princess - Once Upon a Dream (video short)

2004 The Blackwater Lightship (TV movie)...Dora

2003 Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle (TV movie)...Jessica Fletcher

2002 Touched by an Angel (TV series)...Lady Berrington
For All the Tea in China

2001 Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man (TV movie)...Jessica Fletcher / Sarah McCullough

2000 Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For (TV movie)...Jessica Fletcher

1999 The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (TV movie)...Mrs. Emily Pollifax

1997 Anastasia...The Dowager Empress Marie (voice)

1997 Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (video)...Mrs. Potts (voice)

1997 Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest (TV movie)...Jessica Fletcher

1996 Mrs. Santa Claus (TV movie)...Mrs. Santa Claus

1984-1996 Murder, She Wrote (TV series)...Jessica Fletcher / Emma McGill

1992 Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris (TV movie)...Mrs. Ada Harris

1991 Beauty and the Beast...Mrs. Potts (voice)

1990 The Love She Sought (TV movie)...Agatha McGee

1989 Hallmark Hall of Fame (TV series)...Penelope Keeling
The Shell Seekers

1988 Shootdown (TV movie)...Nan Moore

1986 Magnum, P.I. (TV series)...Jessica Fletcher
Novel Connection

1986 Rage of Angels: The Story Continues (TV movie)...Marchesa Allabrandi

1984 The Murder of Sherlock Holmes (TV movie)...Jessica Fletcher

1984 The Company of Wolves...Granny

1984 The First Olympics: Athens 1896 (TV mini-series)...Alice Garrett

1984 Lace (TV movie)...Aunt Hortense Boutin

1984 A Talent for Murder (TV movie)...Ann Royce McClain

1983 The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story (TV movie)...Amanda Fenwick

1983 The Pirates of Penzance...Ruth

1982 The Last Unicorn...Mommy Fortuna (voice)

1982 Little Gloria... Happy at Last (TV movie)...Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

1982 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (TV movie)...Nellie Lovett

1980 The Mirror Crack'd...Miss Jane Marple

1979 The Lady Vanishes...Miss Froy

1978 Death on the Nile...Mrs. Salome Otterbourne

1975 The Story of the First Christmas Snow (TV short)...Sister Theresa (voice) / Narrator (voice)

1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks...Miss Price

1970 Something for Everyone...Countess Herthe von Ornstein

1966 Mister Buddwing...Gloria

1965 The Trials of O'Brien (TV series)...Celeste Thurlow
Leave It to Me

1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV series)...Elfie van Donck
The Deadly Toys Affair

1965/I Harlow...Mama Jean Bello

1965 The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders...Lady Blystone

1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told...Claudia

1964 Dear Heart...Phyllis

1964 The World of Henry Orient...Isabel Boyd

1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV series)...Alvera Dunlear
Something Crazy's Going on in the Back Room

1963 In the Cool of the Day...Sybil Logan

1962 The Manchurian Candidate...Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin

1962 All Fall Down...Annabell Willart

1962 The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse...Marguerite Laurier (voice) (uncredited)

1961 Blue Hawaii...Sarah Lee Gates

1960 The Dark at the Top of the Stairs...Mavis Pruitt

1960 Season of Passion...Pearl

1960 A Breath of Scandal...Countess Lina

1958-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV series)...Hazel Wills / Victoria Atkins
The Grey Nurse Said Nothing
Verdict of Three

1958 The Reluctant Debutante...Mabel Claremont

1958 The Long, Hot Summer...Minnie Littlejohn

1956-1957 Climax! (TV series)...Judith Beresford / Justina
The Devil's Brood
Bury Me Later

1957 Undercurrent (TV series)...Deborah
Deborah

1956 Studio 57 (TV series)...Flossie Norris / Katy
The Brown Leather Case
The Rarest Stamp

1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV series)...Vera Wayne
Claire

1956 Front Row Center (TV series)...Joyce
Instant of Truth

1955-1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV series)
Deborah (1956)
Empty Arms (1955)

1956 Please Murder Me...Myra Leeds

1955-1956 The Star and the Story (TV series)...Mrs. Jane Pritchard
The Force of Circumstance
The Treasure

1956 The Court Jester...Princess Gwendolyn

1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV series)
Crisis in Kansas (1956)

1955 A Lawless Street...Tally Dickenson

1955 Star Time Playhouse (TV series)...Regular

1955 The Purple Mask...Madame Valentine

1955 Stage 7 (TV series)...Vanessa Peters
Billy and the Bride

1954-1955 Four Star Playhouse (TV series)...Joan Robinson / Mrs. Hallerton - William's Wife
Madeira! Madeira!
A String of Beads

1955 Fireside Theatre (TV series)...Brenda Jarvis
The Indiscreet Mrs. Jarvis

1955 The Indiscreet Mrs. Jarvis (TV short)...Brenda Jarvis

1954 G.E. True Theater (TV series)...Daphne Rutledge
The Crime of Daphne Rutledge

1950-1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV series)...Elsa / Leslie / Lucy Landor

1954 Your Show of Shows (TV series)
Episode dated 30 January 1954 (1954)

1954 A Life at Stake...Doris Hillman

1953 Schlitz Playhouse (TV series)...Florie
Storm Swept

1953 The Ford Television Theatre (TV series)...Lola Walker
The Ming Lama (1953)

1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV series)...Joan Dexter
Dreams Never Lie

1950-1953 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV series)...Christine Manson
Cakes and Ale
The Citadel

1953 Remains to Be Seen...Valeska Chauvel

1952 Mutiny...Leslie

1951 Kind Lady...Mrs. Edwards

1949 Samson and Delilah...Semadar

1949 The Red Danube...Audrey Quail

1948 The Three Musketeers...Queen Anne

1948 State of the Union...Kay Thorndyke

1948 Tenth Avenue Angel...Susan Bratten

1947 If Winter Comes...Mabel Sabre

1947 The Private Affairs of Bel Ami...Clotilde de Marelle

1946 Till the Clouds Roll By...London Specialty

1946 The Hoodlum Saint...Dusty Millard

1946 The Harvey Girls...Em

1945 The Picture of Dorian Gray...Sibyl Vane

1944 National Velvet...Edwina Brown

1944 Gaslight...Nancy

To see Then & Now pictures of Angela Lansbury, visit: Celebrity Nooz


--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--

Eugene "Gordon" Lee - DEAD (Cancer)
Born: 10/25/1933 Died: 10/16/2005

Jackie Cooper - DEAD
Born: 09/15/1922 Died: 05/03/2011

Louis Malle - DEAD (Cancer)
Born: 10/30/1932 Died: 11/23/1995


WHO PASSED ON THIS WEEK...

9/15
Khalid Abdel Nasser, 62, Egyptian University professor,
eldest son of President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

9/14
Harishchandra Birajdar, 61, Indian Olympic wrestler (1972).
Choi Dong-Won, 53, South Korean baseball player (Lotte Giants, Samsung Lions), colon cancer.
Julia Constenla, 83, Argentine journalist and writer.
Desmond FitzGerald, 29th Knight of Glin, 74, Irish nobleman.
David Francey, 87, Scottish broadcaster.
Jorge Lavat, 78, Mexican actor.
Malcolm Wallop, 78, American politician, United States Senator from Wyoming (1977â??1995).

9/13
Walter Bonatti, 81, Italian mountain climber.
John Calley, 81, American movie studio executive.
Sam DeLuca, 75, American football player and broadcaster (New York Jets), pancreatic cancer.
Paul Gallant, 67, Canadian entrepreneur, inventor of Puzz-3D, cancer.
Jack E. Garner, 84, American actor (The Rockford Files, My Fellow Americans), brother of James Garner.
Richard Hamilton, 89, British artist.
David Jull, 66, Australian politician, Member of the House of Representatives (1975â??1983, 1984â??2007).
DJ Mehdi, 34, French musician.
Harlan Erwin Mitchell, 87, American politician, U.S. Representative from Georgia (1958â??1961).
Carl Oglesby, 76, American activist, lung cancer.
Gautam Rajadhyaksha, 62, Indian photographer.

9/12
Bill Cash, 92, American Negro league baseball player.
Frits Castricum, 64, Dutch politician, Member of the House of Representatives (1977â??1994) and the Senate (1999â??2003).
Alexander Galimov, 26, Russian ice hockey player, injuries sustained in the Sept. 7 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash.
Wade Mainer, 104, American bluegrass musician, heart failure.
Don Wayne, 78, American songwriter ("Country Bumpkin", "Saginaw, Michigan").

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