Angela Lansbury, acclaimed and adored star of stage, film and television, will be honored this year with a special Tony Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lansbury, 96, who has already won five competitive Tony Awards, will receive the lifetime achievement award on June 12, when this year’s ceremony takes place at Radio City Music Hall and airs on CBS.
Lansbury first appeared on Broadway in 1957, in a farce titled “Hotel Paradiso,” and in 1964 she starred in her first Broadway musical, “Anyone Can Whistle,” a flop most remembered for. that the songwriter was Stephen Sondheim.
She was already a three-time Oscar nominee, including for ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ in 1962, when she landed her role on Broadway, starring as the free-spirited lead character in 1966’s ‘Mame’. She won his first Tony Award for this performance.
She starred in several Sondheim musicals, winning Tony Awards for playing the theater’s most famous stage mother, Momma Rose, in “Gypsy,” as well as the scheming pastry chef owner Mrs. Lovett in ” Sweeney Todd”. His last Tony Award nomination, in 2010, was for his work in a revival of another Sondheim musical, “A Little Night Music.”
Lansbury also won Tony Awards for a short-lived musical titled “Dear World” and a revival of Noël Coward’s play “Blithe Spirit.”
His last Broadway appearance was in a 2012 revival of “The Best Man,” a play by Gore Vidal.
Lansbury also had a long career in film – she memorably voiced Mrs. Potts in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – and in television, where she was the longtime host of ‘Murder, She Wrote’.
The Tony Awards are set to begin June 12 at 7 p.m. EST with an hour-long segment airing on Paramount+ hosted by Darren Criss and Julianne Hough, followed at 8 p.m. EST by a three-hour segment aired on CBS hosted by Ariana DeBose.