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Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury [8]

Born:October 16, 1925 (96)
Filmography Rating:8.00 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.03 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.59 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:79.49%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Till the Clouds Roll By [1946](21) => London Specialty
The Court Jester [1956](31) => Princess Gwendolyn
Bedknobs and Broomsticks [1971](46) => Miss Price
The Last Unicorn [1982](57) => Mommy Fortuna
Beauty and the Beast [1991](66) => Mrs. Potts (voice)
Anastasia [1997](72) => The Dowager Empress Marie (voice)
The Grinch [2018](93) => Mayor McGerkle (voice)
Mary Poppins Returns [2018](93) => Balloon Lady

Trivia that mentions this person:
The Court Jester [1956]
  • Some songs that were written but not heard in the film are {I Live To Love} (sung by Danny Kaye to Angela Lansbury when he swings into her bedroom) and an extended {Pass the Basket} number when Kaye appears before the King (just prior to the famous {Maladjusted Jester}). Both songs were, however, recorded and released on the film's companion record.
    Mary Poppins [1964]
  • In addition to [?] Mary Martin, Bette Davis, Angela Lansbury was also considered for Mary Poppins, while Danny Kaye, Fred Astaire and even Cary Grant were briefly considered for the role of Bert.
    Till the Clouds Roll By [1946]
  • Having become popular as a nightclub songstress, Angela Lansbury's singing voice had been bypassed in her two previous MGM films - dubbed by [?] Virginia Reece in The Harvey Girls, a sprightly Technicolor musical with Angela scampering through {Oh You Kid} (music by [?] Harry Warren, lyrics by Johnny Mercer); and dubbed by Doreen Tryden in The Hoodlum Saint, a downbeat drama which featured two vocalized evergreens: {If I Had You} (music and lyrics by [?] Ted Shapiro, [?] Jimmy Campbell and [?] Reginald Connelly) plus {How Am I to Know}? (music by [?] Jack King, lyrics by Dorothy Parker). At Miss Lansbury's insistence, producer [?] Arthur Freed, who already had overseen The Harvey Girls, allowed her, in this [?] Jerome Kern biopic, to use her own singing voice in the jaunty, set-on-swings production number, {How'd You Like to Spoon with Me?} (lyrics by [?] Edward Laska).
    Bedknobs and Broomsticks [1971]
  • Julie Andrews, [?] Leslie Caron, Lynn Redgrave, and [?] Judy Carne were considered for the role of Miss Price before Angela Lansbury was cast.
  • While Julie Andrews initially turned down the role of Miss Price, she eventually reconsidered, believing she owed her film career to the Disney studio and wanting to work there again. However, when she told the studio she changed her mind, Angela Lansbury had already accepted the part, having signed her contract for the role on Halloween of 1969.
  • Many people in the film, both on and off screen, have actual connections to WWII. Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall and Robert Stevenson all emigrated to the US from the UK due to the outbreak of war, while David Tomlinson served as a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force and Robert B. Sherman served in the United States Army and was one of the first Allied soldiers to see the Dachau concentration camp. He used his time recuperating from a gunshot wound to the knee to learn about the English people and their culture. On the other side, Manfred Lating and [?] Fred Hellmich were native-born Germans who had actually lived under Nazi rule.
  • Angela Lansbury hated what she called "by the numbers" acting in this film. Due to the heavy special effects, the entire film had to be storyboarded in advance, shot for shot. Lansbury found this approach constraining to her performance, as it meant every moment was pre-determined and the actress wasn't free to explore the character naturally.
    Into the Woods [2014]
  • In earlier drafts, the essential Narrator character from the original stage musical was still part of the story. Before the role was written out of the script, many actors were either considered, in talks, or asked to play the role including Jeremy Irons, Christopher Plummer, Geoffrey Rush, James Earl Jones, John Cleese, Michael Caine, Michael Gambon, and Alan Rickman. There were even rumors about giving this role to a female such as Julie Andrews or Angela Lansbury who are both Disney favorites as well as experts on Stephen Sondheim's material.
    Mary Poppins Returns [2018]
  • The film's cast includes two Oscar winners: Colin Firth and Meryl Streep; and three Oscar nominees: Angela Lansbury, Julie Walters, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • Colin Firth and Angela Lansbury previously appeared in Nanny McPhee (2005), which was also about a nanny with magical powers. McPhee herself was played by Emma Thompson, who played Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks (2013). Lansbury also played Mrs. Potts in the 1991 animated original of Beauty and the Beast (1991), the same role that Thompson also portrayed in the 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast (2017).
  • At the age of 93 at the time of the movie's release, Angela Lansbury is the oldest female actor ever to appear in a Disney film. She is just two months older than the oldest male actor in a Disney film, Dick Van Dyke, who also set the record with this film.
  • Julie Andrews turned down a proposed cameo appearance as the balloon lady, fearing that it would be too distracting from Emily Blunt's performance. Julie said, "this is Emily's show, and I really want it to be Emily's show." Quite poetically, the balloon lady part went to Angela Lansbury, who had been considered for the titular role of Mary Poppins (1964) in the original film before Julie Andrews was cast.