Five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury has had an illustrious career in Hollywood, garnering three Academy Award nominations (in addition to the Lifetime Achievement Oscar she's about to receive March 2) as well as a landmark 12-season run as the iconic Jessica Fletcher on TV's "Murder She Wrote," but there can be no question Lansbury's heart belongs to Broadway, or perhaps more to the point, Broadway's heart belongs to Lansbury.
Although she sang in a few of her early-career movies, Lansbury was not widely known as a singer prior to her 1964 Broadway musical debut in Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents's cult flop, Anyone Can Whistle. Thus began a string of Broadway performances whose legacy will thrive on record for years and years to come.
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