Angela Lansbury

Angela Brigid Lansbury

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 Angela Lansbury's Early life

Lansbury was born in Poplar, London , to Irish-born actress Moyna MacGill and lumber merchant and politician Edgar Lansbury , a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain and former mayor of the London Borough of Poplar.Her paternal grandfather was the Labour Party leader George Lansbury .She is the elder sister of twins Edgar Lansbury and Bruce Lansbury, both producers,and a cousin of the late English animator and puppeteer Oliver Postgate . Her cousin, the academic Coral Lansbury , was the mother of former Australian federal Opposition Leader and republican Malcolm Turnbull .

Her earliest theatrical influences were the teenaged actress Deanna Durbin , screen star Irene Dunne and Lansbury's mother, who encouraged her daughter's ambition by taking her to plays at the Old Vic .[citation needed]She attended South Hampstead High School for Girls , the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art from 1939 to 1940, and the Feagin School of Dramatic Art in New York from 1940 to 1942.Following her father's death from stomach cancer in 1934,her mother became involved with a Scotsman named Leckie Forbes, and the two merged their families under one roof in Hampstead . A former colonel with the British Army in India , Forbes proved to be a jealous and suspicious tyrant who ruled the household with an iron fist.[citation needed]

Just prior to the Nazi German bombing campaign of London, Lansbury's mother took her children to New York City. When her mother settled in Hollywood following a tour of a Noël Coward play, Lansbury (and later her brothers) joined her there.Lansbury worked at the Bullocks Wilshire department store in Los Angeles.At one of the parties that her mother hosted for British émigré performers in their Laurel Canyon home, Lansbury met the casting director for the upcoming filmGaslight(1944), and he offered her the part of Nancy Oliver, Ingrid Bergman 's conniving maid. This was the 18-year-old Lansbury's first film role.She was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar and the following year gained another nomination for her performance as the doomed Sibyl Vane in the filmThe Picture of Dorian Gray(1945).

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