Arabesque detective Angela Lansbury dies at 96
Angela Lansbury, Golden Age Hollywood actress and enduring Jessica Fletcher of Arabesque, has passed away at the age of 96.
< p style="text-align: justify;">With the death of Angela Lansbury on October 11, few can still boast of making the link between this current cinematographic world, so criticized, so criticizable, and the glorious past of the seventh art, the one which has seen it flourish, especially in a Hollywood more creative than ever, John Ford, Frank Capra, Joseph L. Mankiewicz or Howard Hawks. Today, Clint Eastwood embodies arguably the only illustrious figure that still ties us to that period of grace.
Very sadly, Angela Lansbury was best known to the general public for the role of Jessica Fletcher in the television series Arabesque. Indeed, she suffered from the syndrome of the role which eclipses the rest of her performances, like those directors identified with a single feature film (one thinks for example of Nicholas Ray or Robert Aldrich, associated to La Fureur de vivre and Douze Bastards respectively, while their filmography includes many other nuggets).
However, it is important not to restrict the career of Angela Lansbury to her appearances for the small window. The British actress born in 1925 and who migrated to the United States at the start of the Second World War thus toured under the direction of the greatest. She first gets a place in George Cukor's thriller, Hantise, alongside Ingrid Bergman. His performance earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor that same year.
From then on, the actress became very popular and began her crazy ascent. She earned a second Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Sybil Vaine in The Picture of Dorian Gray. We see it with Frank Capra (L'Enjeu), Cecil B. DeMille (Samson et Dalila), Michael Curtiz or Vincente Minelli. She will give the reply to Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly, Katharine Hepburn or Judy Garland. Finally, she will be nominated for a third time at the Oscars for A Crime in the Head.
Moreover, with his interpretation in A Crime in the Head, we detect her ability to assume the features of an older woman when she is only thirty years old. During this period, she is more rare on the screens since she is now the mother of two children. In 1957, she began a career on the boards and met with stunning success on Broadway. She won four times the Tony Awards, supreme American theatrical award, a record!
Then she made her debut on television during the 70s and participates in various adaptations of Agatha Christie. Perhaps, one of the reasons why, the producers will entrust her with the role of Angela Fletcher in the Arabesque series in 1984. By endorsing the features of this novelist/detective, Angela Lansbury will know amazing notoriety. The series was also successfully distributed abroad and gave rise to twelve seasons while the actress was rewarded with four Golden Globes.
So the last page was written this October 11, 2022 for the fantastic story of Angela Lansbury. But the river novel of his life is not limited to a simple cult series. The world of cinema has said goodbye to one of its great ladies and sees an exceptional period on the artistic level slip away a little more.