Angela Lansbury, an acclaimed and beloved star of stage, film and television, will be honored this year with a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Lansbury, 96, who has already won five competitive Tony Awards, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award on June 12, when this year’s ceremony will take place at Radio City Music Hall and will be broadcast on CBS.
Lansbury first appeared on Broadway in 1957, in a farce called “Hotel Paradiso”, and in 1964 she starred in her first Broadway musical, “Anyone Can Whistle”, a flop best remembered for being the songwriter Stephen Sondheim.
She had already been nominated three times for an Oscar, most notably for ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ in 1962, when she had her breakthrough on Broadway in 1966, starring the free-spirited title character in ‘Mame’. She won her first Tony Award for that performance.
She has starred in several Sondheim musicals and won Tony Awards for playing the part of the theater’s most famous stage mother, Momma Rose, in “Gypsy,” as well as the scheming cake shop owner, Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd.” Her most recent Tony nomination, in 2010, was for her work in a revival of yet another Sondheim musical, “A Little Night Music.”
Lansbury also won Tony Awards for a short-lived musical called “Dear World” and a revival of Noël Coward’s play “Blithe Spirit”.
Her last Broadway appearance was in a 2012 revival of “The Best Man”, a play by Gore Vidal.
Lansbury has also had an extensive career in film – she memorablely spoke the voice of Mrs Potts in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – and on television, where she was the longtime host of ‘Murder, She Wrote’ .
The Tony Awards begin on June 12 at 7:00 PM Eastern with a one-hour segment streamed on Paramount+ hosted by Darren Criss and Julianne Hough, followed at 8:00 PM Eastern by a three-hour segment broadcast on CBS hosted by Ariana DeBose.