88-year-old actress Angela Lansbury, star of CBS’ classic amateur detective series Murder, She Wrote (1984-1996), was made a Dame by the Queen of England Wednesday, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Lansbury, who played amateur detective Jessica Fletcher on the CBS classic, received her honor from the Queen at Windsor Castle.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “88-year-old said she was ‘very proud,’ as she received her honor at Windsor Castle.” ‘To meet the Queen under these circumstances is a rare and lovely occasion,” said Lansbury, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Although Lansbury is best known for her performance as Murder, She Wrote‘s mystery writer-turned-amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher, Lansbury’s career stretches back to 1944 when she made her debut in Gaslight. Lansbury earned her first Oscar nomination from Gaslight and she was later nominated twice more and presented with an honorary Oscar in 2013.
Lansbury also earned 18 Emmy nominations for her TV work and won five Tony Awards, tying the record for the most received by a single performer. Lansbury won her first Tony in 1966 for her performance in Mame, and her most recent in 2009.
Other film performances include The Manchurian Candidate and Blue Hawaii opposite Elvis Presley.
Recently, Lansbury returned to the London stage in the starring role of a revival of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, which opened in March at the Gielgud Theatre to critical praise.
Upon receiving her honor from the Queen on Wednesday, Lansbury told the BBC the recognition felt different than winning her film awards because the honor was said to be in recognition of Lansbury’s lifetime of acting and charity work where her “Oscars,” are for her “work in motion pictures.”
Lansbury was born in the U.K. but immigrated to the U.S. as a child after the death of her father during World War II.