NBC News, among others, is reporting that Dame Angela Lansbury has died at 96.
Lansbury has been a part of my cultural life for just about as long as I can remember. She wasn’t exactly omnipresent, but she just…showed up every once in a while (especially a long stint in the 80s during the run of Murder, She Wrote). By the time she was on my radar she was slightly pigeonholed as the elderly grandmother type, so it was quite refreshing to watch The Manchurian Candidate in which she was disturbingly cold and chilling.
Still, for me, this movie and in particular this song will always be Peak Angela Lansbury.