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Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury, CBE
Background information
Born: Angela Brigid Lansbury
October 16, 1925 (age 89)
Poplar, London, England
Died:
Cause of death:
Nationality: Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British
Flag of the United States American
Alternate names:
Occupation(s): Actress and singer
Years active: 1943-present
Spouse(s): Richard Cromwell (1945-1946)
Peter Shaw (1949-2003, his death)
Partner(s):
Children: Anthony and Deidre

Angela Brigid Lansbury, CBE (born October 16, 1925) 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.

Film

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).

20 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.

Music

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 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.

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