Celebration takes place Sept. 28

Angela Lansbury, star of stage, screen, and television, will serve as Honorary Chair of the Putnam History Museum’s annual Gala Celebration at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Highlands Country Club in Garrison.

Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury

Best known to television viewers as Jessica Fletcher in the long-running hit, Murder, She Wrote and to moviegoers for Gaslight and The Picture of Dorian Gray, which brought Oscar nominations, Lansbury enchanted Broadway audiences in the musicals Mame and Sweeney Todd, winning the Tony Award five times.

As a teenager, Lansbury, with her younger twin brothers, was evacuated from England to New York at the start of World War II to escape the nightly bombings of London by Nazi Germany. She was invited to live with the Perkins family of Cold Spring, the start of her life-long friendship with Anne Perkins Cabot, an honoree at the museum’s gala dinner.

Lansbury has received singular honors in the past year. In November 2013, Hollywood recognized her 70-year career on screen with an honorary Oscar. Last spring at Windsor Castle, HM Queen Elizabeth II named Lansbury a Dame of the British Empire for her work in the arts and for her charity and philanthropy.

Gala tickets may be purchased on the museum’s website or via check. Tickets are $250 each or $2,500 for a table. Benefit committee memberships are also available. For more information, visit putnamhistorymuseum.org or call 845-265-4010.

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