Angela Brigid Lansbury, CBE is a British American actress, singer, songwriter, producer, and writer who is best known for her role as mystery writer and detective Jessica Fletcher in the TV series Murder, She Wrote.
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.