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Dame Angela Lansbury wins first Olivier Award at 89

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After a 40-year sabbatical from the London stage, Dame Angela Lansbury made her come back in a big way. The 89-year-old actress nabbed her first Olivier Award for her supporting role as eccentric medium Madame Arcati in a stage revival of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. 

“Here I am, creeping up to 90 and feeling like a million bucks,” she said while accepting her award. “I can’t remember a lot of things these days—except I can remember my lines.”

Lansbury already has six Golden Globe awards, five Tony awards, and an honorary Oscar under her belt. Last year, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

Most comparable to the Tony Awards in America, the Olivier Awards recognizes the best in British theater. Kevin Spacey was also honored that evening with the Special Award for his work over the last 10 years as artistic director at the Old Vic.