Theater to honor Angela Lansbury

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NEW HOPE, Pa. -- The Bucks County Playhouse will honor five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury as the inaugural inductee into a new hall of fame to honor luminaries who have performed on its stage.

The Oct. 28 event will include a tribute performance by some of Ms. Lansbury's Broadway colleagues.

Ms. Lansbury won four Tonys in the best actress-musical category and one for best supporting actress in a play. Her most recent was for her performance in the 2009 play "Blithe Spirit."

Ms. Lansbury, 87, also has won six Golden Globes, including for her supporting role in the 1963 film "The Manchurian Candidate." She is perhaps best known to TV viewers as Jessica Fletcher from the popular mystery show, "Murder, She Wrote."

The playhouse's producing director, Jed Bernstein, said Ms. Lansbury appeared at the theater near Philadelphia in 1952's "Affairs of the State," years before she performed on Broadway.

The playhouse opened originally in 1939 on the site of an 18th-century gristmill in New Hope, a Philadelphia suburb, and has featured performances by theatrical stars including Helen Hayes, Colleen Dewhurst, Shirley Booth, Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, Leslie Nielsen and Walter Matthau.

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