Though today she's best known as Jessica Fletcher, the mystery
author and amateur sleuth in "Murder, She Wrote," and her stage
successes are no secret either, Angela Lansbury has also distinguished
herself on the silver screen, having been nominated three times for Best
Supporting Actress Oscars.
With Charles Boyer
in her film debut, GASLIGHT (1944)
, in which Angela played the
maid, Nancy. This suspense- filled film, also featuring
Joseph Cotten and
May Whitty, about a man who slowly convinces his wife that she's losing
her mind, was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture
and a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Angela.
"As my father used to say, 'Life is war. Don't
count the casualties.'" --as Kay Thorndyke in STATE OF THE UNION (1948).
Angela as Em, the leader of the Alhambra saloon girls, in
confrontation with Judy Garland, a goody-goody
waitress, in MGM's musical spectacular
THE HARVEY GIRLS (1946). (Angela's musical number "Oh, You
Kids" was dubbed by Virginia Reece, however.) Also appearing in this
film are Ray Bolger,
Hodiak, and Marjorie Main.