In addition to all the competitive races at this year's Tony Awards, the ceremony will also bestow a special honor on a true icon of the stage. Angela Lansbury is set to receive this year's Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.
Lansbury, 96, made her Broadway debut in 1957 with Hotel Paradiso, and won her first Tony for the 1966 musical Mame. She went on to win three more Best Actress in a Musical awards for 1969's Dear World, 1975's Gypsy, and 1979's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, where she originated the role of Mrs. Lovett. Lansbury also won Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2009 for Blithe Spirit, meaning she has five statues even before this lifetime achievement honor.
Lansbury has been no slacker in other formats either, earning three Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominations over the years (for 1944's Gaslight, 1945's The Picture of Dorian Gray, and 1962's The Manchurian Candidate) before receiving an Academy Honorary Award in 2013. Following the death of Olivia de Havilland in 2020, Lansbury currently reigns as the oldest living Oscar nominee.
Jemal Countess/WireImage Angela Lansbury with her Tony for 'Blithe Spirit' in 2009
Over on TV, Lansbury has earned 12 Emmys nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series — one for every single season of Murder, She Wrote — though somehow never won. She was also nominated twice for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety Program due for her performances at the 41st and 43rd Tony Awards, a demonstration of her importance to the Tonys.
"Angela Lansbury's contributions to the stage are insurmountable," Broadway League's Charlotte St. Martin and American Theatre Wing's Heather Hitchens said in a joint statement. "From her groundbreaking role in Mame to her iconic performances in Deuce and Sweeney Todd, and most recently, in the revival of A Little Night Music, Ms. Lansbury has given us a lifetime of unforgettable performances, and it is a great honor to present her with the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award."
The 75th annual Tony Awards will air live coast-to-coast on Sunday, June 12, starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS while also streaming on Paramount+, where it will be available on demand as well. Newly minted Oscar winner Ariana DeBose will host the proceedings.