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Angela Lansbury, Gillian Lynne & Penelope Keith Named Dames & British Commanders

Angela Lansbury, Gillian Lynne & Penelope Keith Named Dames & British CommandersThree theatrical luminaries have been appointed special places in the royal order of the British Empire, with DBEs being awarded to legendary stage and screen star Angela Lansbury, noted choreographer Gillian Lynne and noted actress Penelope Keith by Queen Elizabeth II earlier today.

Lansbury received her award for "services to drama and to charitable work and philanthropy," and shared her excitement in receiving the honor, stating, "I'm joining a marvellous group of women I greatly admire like Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. It's a lovely thing to be given that nod of approval by your own country and I really cherish it."

Also, Lynne expressed of receiving the DBE, "Passion for my art has been the motivating factor throughout my career, but for Her Majesty the Queen and the Cabinet Office to deem what I have done to be worthy of this accolade is an honour. I am deeply humbled to be recognised for my work in an industry I adore."

Similarly, Keith said, "It's a recognition for not only my 54 years being an actress but also for all the charities with which I'm associated and I think they'll be thrilled."

Of note, Michael Crawford also has received a royal appointment, as well, as BroadwayWorld reported here.

Check out the original article on the matter here.

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