Angela Lansbury’s acting career is one for the ages. The performer’s extensive resume dates back to 1944 and includes more than a hundred separate credits. However, her portrayal of Jessica Fletcher in “Murder, She Wrote” is unquestionably the most famous and iconic of all of her roles and performances, spanning 264 episodes of the series and three movies (via IMDb).
Despite the actor’s untimely passing, Lansbury will forever be remembered for her legacy of great performances. Her performances in films including “Gaslight,” “Dear Heart,” “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” “The Lady Vanishes,” and “Beauty and the Beast” have resonated with audiences of all ages, spanning multiple generations.
But a specific prominent award ceremony passed by Lansbury a staggering number of times despite her critically acclaimed work and lasting popularity with viewers. That’s correct, Lansbury was passed over for an Emmy award a whopping 18 times.
Angela Lansbury was nominated for 18 Emmys but never won.
Despite the fact that Angela Lansbury has starred in countless notable roles throughout her career, her most famous role is probably her time spent in “Murder, She Wrote.” The Jessica Fletcher character is one of the most famous in television history, and the series has been brought back to the screen multiple times in film adaptations despite having originally been shown on TV a decade ago.
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Dame Angela Lansbury has never won an Emmy in her career. In fact, with 18 unsuccessful nominations, she holds the record as the biggest Emmys loser ever.
No, she was never presented with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy either. pic.twitter.com/KLbuvBTOQF
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However, despite receiving 12 Emmy nods for her work on the series, she was never actually awarded for her performance. The fact that the legendary actress was also nominated six more times for parts in shows like “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “The Blackwater Lightship” only serves to add insult to injury (via Emmys).
Nonetheless, Lansbury did win an honorary award in 1996, the year “Murder, She Wrote” finished its final season, so it’s evident that the Television Academy holds the actor in the same high regard as everyone else.
Even so, it comes as quite a shock to learn that, after spending so many years on one of the most popular shows of its day, Lansbury was never nominated for an Emmy as Best Actress.