“Murder She Wrote,” star Angela Lansbury has been named dame by Queen Elizabeth II, according to a Dec. 31 CBS News report. The actress joins more than a 1,000 other honored individuals on the Queen’s New Year’s Honors List.
88-year-old Lansbury already has a CBE or Commander of the British Empire honor, and this time was recognized for her services to drama, charitable work and philanthropy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Monarch’s honors lists recognize “people from all walks of life and all sections of society who have made a difference to their community," and is “one of the oldest in the world. It has evolved over 650 years as the country has found alternative means of recognizing merit, gallantry and service.”
This New Year's honors list is the first ever to recognize more women than men. Other honorees include Actress Penelope Keith, also made a Dame and Dr. Marcus Setchell, the gyenecologist who delivered the Queen’s great-grandson was made a Knight.