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Angela Lansbury dubbed a Dame, joins Judi Dench, Maggie Smith in select group

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Angela Lansbury is now a Dame. Not a dame, but a Dame with a capital D, joining a select group that includes fellow thespians Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, to name just two women for whom Lansbury admires.

According to CBS on Dec. 31, this royal appointment came from Queen Elizabeth II in the form of what is known as a DBE. In formal terms, that would be Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the English Empire.

By way of background, the 88-year-old "Murder, She Wrote" celebrity has been a big star for seven decades. Dame Angela, who was born in London, has shown her mettle in films, on television, and on the stage as she sang, danced, and acted her way to high acclaim.

The BBC via Variety reports that Angela Lansbury commented about her most recent accomplishment, saying, "It's a lovely thing to be given that nod of approval by your own country and I really cherish [this honor]."

Lansbury was among some 1,000 who were recognized in the monarch's New Year's Honors List. Others beyond Dame Angela who were named with an honor of this and other proportions on the last day of 2013 include actor Michael Crawford, choreographer Gillian Lynne, actress Penelope Keith, singer Katherine Jenkins, and ballet dancer Carlos Acosta.

And so, as Angela Lansbury is dubbed a Dame, the actress joins other fine British thespians such as Judi Dench and Maggie Smith in a select group of people for whom Queen Elizabeth deems worthy of such a grand title. Congratulations to such a fine performer.

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