The year 2014 brings a bit of a name change for legendary actress Angela Lansbury. She is now officially a Dame, thanks to Queen Elizabeth!
The 88-year-old was one of more than 1,000 people recognized on the New Year’s Honors List presented by Buckingham Palace, though most won't receive such a high distinction.
And this is the first time, since the Order of the British Empire was founded in 1917, that most of the honorees are women!
The awards, which happen twice yearly, are meant to honor hundreds for their services to their communities and/or country.
Lansbury, who received an honorary Oscar earlier this year, is best known for her role as mystery writer/detective Jessica Fletcher in the TV drama “Murder, She Wrote,” and for voicing Mrs. Potts in Disney’s animated “Beauty & the Beast.”
She is in good company when it comes to other famous actresses bestowed the title of Dame. Judi Dench, Julie Andrews, Elizabeth Taylor, and Helen Mirren have all been gifted the honor as well.
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