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Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury, DBE was a British-Irish and American actress and singer, who, for Disney, played Miss Eglantine Price in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, voiced Mrs. Potts in the Beauty and the Beast franchise, and played The Balloon Lady in Mary Poppins Returns.

Lansbury was born to an upper-middle class family on October 16, 1925 in the district of St Pancras in Central London. She received her education at South Hampstead High School from 1934 until 1939. She nevertheless considered herself largely self-educated, learning from books, theatre and cinema. In 1940, she began studying acting at the Webber Douglas School of Singing and Dramatic Art in Kensington, West London, first appearing onstage as a lady-in-waiting in the school's production of Maxwell Anderson's Mary of Scotland. Moving to North America to escape the Blitz, received a scholarship from the American Theatre Wing which allowed her to study at the Feagin School of Drama and Radio, where she graduated in March of 1942.

Moving to Hollywood in 1942, Lansbury signed with MGM and obtained her first film roles: Gaslight, National Velvet, and The Picture of Dorian Gray, earning her two Academy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She would appear in other films over the next several decades, such as The Harvey Girls, Till the Clouds Roll By, Samson and Delilah, The Court Jester, The Reluctant Debutante, Blue Hawaii, The Manchurian Candidate (her third Oscar nomination), The World of Henry Orient, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Harlow, Death on the Nile, The Lady Vanishes, The Last Unicorn, The Pirates of Penzance, Anastasia (1997), Nanny McPhee, Mr. Popper's Penguins, and The Grinch. While appearing in television as well, Lansbury's notable role was that of mystery writer and detective Jessica Fletcher in the TV series Murder, She Wrote, for which she nominated for multiple Emmy Awards.

She also had a prominent stage career where, on Broadway, she was nominated and won several awards for shows, such as Mame, Dear World, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Deuce, Blithe Spirit, A Little Night Music, and The Best Man.

For her contributions to the industry, Lansbury was awarded achievements, such as the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (1996), the National Medal of Arts (1997), a Kennedy Center Honors (2000), the Britannia Award for Lifetime Achievement (2003), and a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement (2022). She died in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles, California, on October 11, 2022, five days before her 97th birthday.

Disney Filmography[]

Year Film Role Notes
1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks Eglantine Price
1991 Beauty and the Beast Mrs. Potts Voice
1997 Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Mrs. Potts Direct-to-Video; Voice
2000 Fantasia 2000 Herself Introductory hostess for "Firebird Suite - 1919 Version"
2000 Disney's Beauty and the Beast Magical Ballroom Mrs. Potts Video game
2001 Still the Fairest of Them All: The Making of Snow White Narrator DVD Documentary
2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Mrs. Potts Voice
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Mrs. Potts Video game
2018 Mary Poppins Returns The Balloon Lady

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