Angela Brigid Lansbury, CBE is a British American actress and singer in theatre, television and films who is known for her Disney roles as Miss Eglantine Price in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and Mrs. Potts in the Beauty and the Beast film series. She will play Ballon Lady in Mary Poppins Returns.
Apart from Disney, her other famous role is mystery writer and detective Jessica Fletcher in the tv series Murder She Wrote.
In 1971, Lansbury landed her first starring role in a Disney film as Miss Eglantine Price in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, establishing herself as a Disney veteran, alongside Mary Costa (Sleeping Beauty) and Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins).
Twenty years later, Lansbury returned to the Disney studio to claim her role as Mrs. Potts from Disney's 1991 iconic animated film, Beauty and the Beast. To date, this has remained one of Lansbury's most renowned and appreciated roles in the Disney film industry.
In terms of music, Lansbury is heard on the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack, in which she contributes vocals to "Be Our Guest", "Something There", and the title track, "Beauty and the Beast". It was later revealed in a special edition interview that Lansbury was at first quite reluctant to record "Beauty and the Beast" in her role as Mrs. Potts because it was a ballad. However, with persuasion from composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman, Lansbury recorded the song, amazingly in one take. Today, "Beauty and the Beast" remains Lansbury's most recognized and representative song.