11:24am PT by Chris Gardner
Angela Lansbury Drops Bombshells at L.A. Press Club Awards
Angela Lansbury may be 91, but she still enjoys dropping bombshells, as she did at the L.A. Press Club’s National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards on Dec. 4 (THR took home 19 awards, including best publication and website).
Following an elegant acceptance speech while picking up the night's highest honor, the Legend Award, Lansbury, whose appearance was bookended by standing ovations, sat down for a requisite onstage conversation with KNBC's Robert Kovacik.
During their chat, Lansbury revealed that she still sleeps in the nude. (Coincidentally, Bob Barker, 92, said the same thing when he accepted the Legend Award from the L.A. Press Club in 2015.) But perhaps more interesting than skipping pajamas, Lansbury also got real with Kovacik asked how she felt about being Emmy-less, losing out on each of her 18 nominations.
"It bothers the hell out of me," Lansbury said to laughter in the hotel ballroom, which also hosted fellow honorees Chelsea Handler and Diane Warren. She received 12 of those nominations for every season of Murder She Wrote. An Emmy would give her the elusive EGOT prize (though her Oscar was honorary, so EGOT*).
But Lansbury was nothing if not gracious, telling the L.A. Press Club that Sunday night's award was a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience, even if "I'm as old as this organization," she quipped.
A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.