Celebrities React to the Heartbreak of Angela Lansbury’s Death

At the age of 96, just on Tuesday this week, Angela Lansbury’s children announced that she had passed at her

Celebrities React to the Heartbreak of Angela Lansbury's Death

At the age of 96, just on Tuesday this week, Angela Lansbury’s children announced that she had passed at her Los Angeles home.

Celebrities all across the entertainment world mourn the death of the actress. Robby Benson, the voice of the original Beauty and the Beast, shared, "One of the most memorable moments in my life was being so very fortunate to be in the recording studio when Ms. Lansbury sang the title song 'Beauty and the Beast.’ For me, the 2 minutes and 46 seconds was a lifetime of inspiration.”

Others have shared their heartbreak at the death of the legendary entertainer, shocked at adjusting to a world she's left behind.

Celebs React to Lansbury’s Death

Actor Jason Alexander from Seinfeld shared, "The great Angela Lansbury – one of the most versatile, talented, graceful, kind, witty, wise, classy ladies I've ever met has left us. Her huge contribution to the arts and the world remains always.”

Harvey Fierstein shared a black and white picture of himself with Lansbury in remembrance of her with film composer Jerry Herman. "Angela Lansbury – She, my darlings, was EVERYTHING!" he wrote.

Actor George Takei wrote on Twitter, "Angela Lansbury, who graced the stage for decades winning five Tony awards and brought the sleuthing Jessica Fletcher into our living rooms for a dozen years, has passed. A tale old as time, our beloved Mrs. Potts will sing lullabies to us now from the stars. Rest, great soul.”

Comedian and actor Mario Cantone wrote alongside a picture of them together, “She was a glorious one.”

English actor Stuart Antony shared that Lansbury was “a fine actress” in a statement he posted to Twitter. He then added, "Saddened to hear Dame Angela Lansbury has passed away. A fine actress and was always very kind to me on the number of occasions we met. Another legend lost.”

Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson stated, "I'll never forget sitting next to Angela Lansbury at an opening night. Even though I had to pee I refused to leave my seat during intermission. I spent the 15 minutes chatting with her instead. She was incredibly lovely and I'm so glad I had that brief time with her. RIP Angela.”

Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall shared on an Instagram post, "RIP x What an incredible life. I had the great pleasure of meeting her once & was able to thank her for all those memorable characters and performances she gave.”

Lansbury Was More Than a Hollywood Legend, She was a Stage Icon

Author and playwright Paul Rudnick wrote on Twitter, "This is what stardom means, especially in the theater: she provided the most fabulous, irreplaceable joy. She was beloved as a person and an actress, and managed to be approachable, glamorous and heartbreaking.”

Broadway actress Kerry Butler who starred in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man in 2012 shares a statement as well. "She has an unmatched career — what I didn't know was how kind she was. No one on that show could be a diva. Before one scene I got to sit on a couch with Candice Bergen and Angela, and Angela would tell us stories about growing up in the business. I think she said her mother (also a performer) would travel with her when she was a baby, and she would sleep in a dresser drawer! Working with her was a highlight of my career.”

Family Mourns Her Loss

Angela Brigid Lansbury was born in London and became such a fine actress. She became successful first when she starred as Nancy in the film debut of the 1944’s "Gaslight." At the time of her death, she had accumulated over 100 screen acting credits.

She was nominated at the Academy Awards three times for Best Supporting Actress. She had also received 17 lifetime nominations for the Emmy Awards, but never won one. She was then named to the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 1996. This past June, she was awarded her sixth Tony award for a lifetime of achievement in theatre at the 75th Tony Awards ceremony.

Lansbury was also recognized for being a fierce and unflinching advocate for people during the AIDs epidemic of the '80's, raising millions to aid research and patient care. She said of the epidemic, "This illness is robbing us of our friends and our futures. This disease knows no discrimination."

At one point, Lansbury also famously moved her entirely family to Ireland to save her daughter from the cult influence of a man most know – Charles Manson – and to save her son from drug addiction. Even though it put her career in jeopardy.

In a statement it was announced that Lansbury had just passed 5 days short of her 97th birthday. "In addition to her three children, Anthony, Deirdre and David, she is survived by three grandchildren, Peter, Katherine and Ian, plus five great grandchildren and her brother, producer Edgar Lansbury," the statement added. "She was proceeded in death by her husband of 53 years, Peter Shaw. A private family ceremony will be held at a date to be determined.”