PHOTO ARCHIVE: Celebrating Broadway and Screen Legend Angela Lansbury
16 Oct 2013
Angela Lansbury, most recently on Broadway in Michael Wilson's revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man, celebrates her 88th birthday Oct. 16. Playbill.com offers a look back at her most memorable performances over the last 50+ years.
Lansbury made her Broadway debut in 1957's Hotel Paradiso. She worked consistently on Broadway through the 1960s and 1970s, taking on such roles as Cora Hoover Hooper in Anyone Can Whistle, Rose in Gypsy, Mame Dennis in Mame, Anna in The King and I and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd.
Following a nearly 25-year hiatus, she returned to the Great White Way in the 2007 production of Terrence McNally's Deuce. Lansbury was last on Broadway as Mrs. Sue-Ellen Gamadge in Gore Vidal's election-time comedy The Best Man.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.