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The world has lost another entertainment icon. 

Angela Lansbury, who so many of us knew as Jessica Fletcher on the long-running CBS drama Murder, She Wrote, passed away Tuesday morning in her sleep, her family announced. She was 96, and just a few days shy of her 97th birthday. 

I remember my parents being faithful Murder, She Wrote watchers when I was growing up in the ’80s and ’90s—back in the day when you had to make a point of sitting down to catch the latest episode as it aired live on TV. And who could forget that catchy theme song? 

Of course, as a child of the ’90s, I knew Lansbury best for her voice as Mrs. Potts, the talking tea kettle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I can still sing every word to “Tale As Old As Time” and hearing her warm alto brings me right back to the simple happiness of being a kid. 

Her special performance at the Lincoln Center in NYC for the 25th Anniversary of one of my favorite childhood movies still brings tears to my eyes: 

Lansbury was nominated for an Emmy Award 12 years in a row for her role as Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote, but she never won a single one of her career total of 18 nominations (I can’t believe it either!). 

The British-born star was also a darling of musical theater, earning seven Tony Awards—including a Lifetime Achievement Award— over the course of her decades-long stage career. She was nominated for an Oscar three times and received an honorary Academy Award for her lifetime achievement in film in 2013. 

Beyond the awards (won and should-have-won), Angela Lansbury was just one of those celebrities who made you feel something. Her smile always seemed so genuine, her voice so thoroughly kind, and her heart so approachably warm.

Her loss will certainly be felt and her memory cherished. 

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