What is Angela Lansbury's net worth? From earning $28 a week to becoming richest woman in TV history

What is Angela Lansbury's net worth? From earning $28 a week to becoming richest woman in TV history
Angela Lansbury was most famously known for the detective TV series 'Murder, She Wrote' (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: 'Murder, She Wrote' star Angela Lansbury died at 96. The actress and singer, who began her career in the Golden Age of Hollywood, is still one of the wealthiest women in television history. She is known for the work she put into for her role as amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher in 264 episodes of the aforementioned TV series.

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In a career that spans more than 70 years, she has managed to earn a $70M net worth, reported Celebrity Networth. Here is a full list of her awards, cars, charities, endorsements, and properties. 

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Awards

Angela Lansbury has won several awards and honors throughout her career. Some of them include an Honorary Oscar in 2013, five Tony Awards, six Golden Globes, and Laurence Olivier Award. She was nominated for an Academy Award on three separate occasions. However, the actress never won an Emmy Award and Grammy award despite being nominated 18 times.

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Honoree Angela Lansbury accepts honorary award onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 16, 2013 in Hollywood, California.
Angela Lansbury accepts an honorary award onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards in 2013 (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Cars 

The actress proved her mettle through her performances in 'National Velvet,' 'State of the Union' and 'The Court Jester' among others. She has been popular for her loyalty towards her Cream Kia Soul hatchback for years and it seems that it was the only car she drove. She was often seen going out in the car and shopping. The Daily Mail reported about her elegant style of driving when she was spotted in a white T-shirt, black trousers and jacket with a red beaded necklace.

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Angela Lansbury owned a Kia Soul Hatchback for years (Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images

Properties

According to GO Banking Rates,  her assets include a $2M condo in New York City, a home in Brentwood, California, and a farmhouse in County Cork, on the coast of Ireland. According to Architectural Digest, the house in Ireland was designed with the help of Stephen Pearce, a close friend of the actress, whose home nearby inspired her. While speaking about the home, the designer said, "My entire inspiration came from farm cottages—every detail and proportion. Every room is traditionally Irish, except for the size of the main room." Angela raised her children on the 20-acre County Cork property to isolate them from the American drug culture.

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Angela Lansbury owned three homes, one in New York, one in California and one in Ireland (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images 

Charities and endorsements

Angela was famous for her philanthropic endeavors throughout her life. She was an avid supporter of AIDS research and the fight against domestic abuse. She raised more than $1M for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, reported The Mirror. The actress also worked along an organization called Abused Wives In Crisis. The foundation aimed to educate people about domestic violence and support victims. As Angela became a Dame, a press statement revealed, "With selfless determination and generosity of spirit she has willingly lent her prominence and popularity, raising large sums of money for numerous charities including scholarships for young students and support for medical research."

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British actress Angela Lansbury and her husband, Peter Shaw, cutting the cake at their wedding.
Angela Lansbury and her husband, Peter Shaw, cutting a cake at their wedding (Walter Bellamy/Express/Getty Images)

Further, it added, “An accomplished actress, Angela Lansbury is well-known for her long and successful acting career and many achievements in the entertainment industry where she has repeatedly given back and helped others, including working with younger people to inspire the next generation of actors.” She also supported foundations such as Career Transitions For Dancers, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Actors Fund of America among others, reported Look to the stars.

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Dr Mathilde Krim, founding co-chair and chairman of the board of AmFAR, said, "In more than 10 years, Angela has never said 'no' when asked to help," reported Playbill.

Angela's remuneration at various points in her career

Angela's first job was as a gift wrapper in a Los Angeles department stores, earning $28 a week. As she landed the role of a maid in 'Gaslight', she earned $500 a week for the movie. Later, when 'The Picture Of Dorian Gray' was nominated for the Academy Award, again her salary went up to to $1,500 a week. Meanwhile, her career changed drastically after 'Murder, She wrote' became a huge hit resulting in a spike of Angela's remuneration from $40,000 an episode to $200,000, reports The Daily Mail. 

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Who will own her assets after her death?

Angela is survived by her three children, Anthony, Deirdre and David. David is Angela’s stepson and became a vital part of her life when she and Peter Shaw got married in 1949. He is currently 78. Anthony is Angela and Shaw's first child. He is currently 70 and was born in Los Angeles about three years after his parents' marriage. He also pursued a career in Hollywood. Deidre, who is now 69, is Shaw and Angela's only daughter. She owns an Italian restaurant called Enzo & Angela in Los Angeles. 

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Actress Angela Lansbury with her husband, actor Peter Shaw (1918 - 2003) and their three-month-old son Anthony Peter at their home in Hollywood, California, 1952. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Angela Lansbury with her husband, actor Peter Shaw and their three-month-old son Anthony Peter at their home in Hollywood, California, 1952. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

 

 
 

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