There’s something enormously compelling about these pictures of famous people getting honors from the Queen. It’s not unlike seeing friends from two different parts of your life chatting in a bar. The immediate reaction is almost “I didn’t know you two KNEW each other!?”
Of course, everyone knows Angela Lansbury, who yesterday made the trip to Windsor Castle for her investiture as a Dame Commander. Best known for playing Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote, she’s had a lifetime’s experience on stage and in front of the camera, in such notable productions as The Manchurian Candidate, Nanny McPhee and Bedknobs and Broomsticks, having recently returned to the London stage to revive Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit (having already won a Tony for the 2009 Broadway production) at the Gielgud Theatre.
Angela, who has lived in the U.S.—on and off—since she was 15 years old, told BBC News: “To meet the Queen under these circumstances is a rare and lovely occasion.”
Her nomination recognized not only her career but her charity work, and as she explains, feels like a different order of award even from the lifetime achievement BAFTA she received in 2009, or last year’s Academy Honorary Award:
“[The Oscar] is for my work in motion pictures and this is for the overall accomplishments of my life as an actress. It has afforded me the joy of working in America and also in England a great deal.”
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