Angela Lansbury to receive Lifetime Tony Award

Angela Lansbury (96) will soon add to her haul of five competitive Tony trophies with a Lifetime Achievement Award, due to be presented to the Dame at this year's ceremony on 12 June.

Lansbury debuted on Broadway in 1957 in the farce Hotel Paradiso, and made ber Broadway musical debut seven years later when, in 1964, she took the leading role of the corrupt Mayoress Cora Hoover Hooper in Anyone Can Whistle, Sondheim's infamous flop.

Despite the rocky start, musicals served the London-born star well, earning her Tony wins for Best Actress in a Musical for Mame (1966), Dear World (1969), Gypsy (1975) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979), plus a nomination in 2010 for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for A Little Night Music.

She also won Best Featured Actress in a Play for Blithe Spirit in 2009. This makes her only the third performer to to be nominated for all four performance awards: Best Actress in a Musical, Best Actress in a Play (for D