Legendary Thesp Carved Her Own Pat:
Because she was nominated for supporting actress awards in “Gaslight” (1944), “The Picture of Dorian Grey” (1945) and “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962). Because other memorable films in her 70-year career include “National Velvet,” “State of the Union” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Because when this consummate actress wasn’t offered worthy screen roles, she went on to win five Tonys and portray an intelligent, independent female protagonist in “Murder, She Wrote” for 12 years, hiring dozens of old Hollywood friends to play alongside her. And because this incredibly accomplished woman faced challenges by creating her own path, giving timeless performances and navigating the industry with dignity, Angela Lansbury is receiving a very deserved Honorary Academy Award.
— Cari Beauchamp