Award-winning actress and Disney Legend Angela Lansbury passed away today at her home in Los Angeles at age 96

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Angela Lansbury was destined to become an actress; born in London, England in 1925, her mother was a leading lady of the British stage

Although Lansbury was best known for her role as Jessica Fletcher in the long-running CBS TV series, Murder, She Wrote, she had a distinguished career in the movies and on Broadway

Lansbury got the acting bug as a teenager, playing Audrey in a student production of As You Like It

Lansbury won five Tony Awards for her Broadway performances and a lifetime achievement award

She earned Academy Award nominations as supporting actress for two of her first three films, “ and was nominated again in 1962 for “The Manchurian Candidate”

In 1948, when she was 23, her hair was streaked with gray so she could play a fortyish newspaper publisher with a yen for Spencer Tracy in “State of the Union.”

She was back on Broadway and got another Tony nomination in 2007 in Terrence McNally’s “Deuce,” playing a scrappy, brash former tennis star