Acting legend Angela Lansbury was awarded with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award during the 75th annual Tony Awards. Though Lansbury was not present to receive the award, the 96-year-old performer was honored at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus performed a tribute to Lansbury.
Lansbury is a previous five-time winner, holding two Tony Awards records, one of which is for the most wins for Best Actress in a Musical. She has a total of four, winning for Mame in 1957, Dear World in 1969, Gypsy in 1975 and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in 1979. In 2009, Lansbury won her fifth Tony award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for Blithe Spirit. Lansbury was also awarded the inaugural Stephen Sondheim award, where I took the photo of her, which is used in this article.
She was last nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 2010 for her performance in A Little Night Music, which I was very fortunate to be able to go and see on Broadway.
Lansbury’s career has seen her also nominated for 18 Primetime Emmy Awards, including 12 consecutive nominations for every season of Murder, She Wrote. She was also nominated for the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year for the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack in 1993 and three Oscars for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Manchurian Candidate.
In 2013, Lansbury was presented with an Academy Honorary Award for being “an entertainment icon who has created some of cinema’s most memorable characters, inspiring generations of actors.”