Dame Angela Lansbury attended a dinner hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society at the Four Seasons Hotel. (The gathering was a benefit for the NEHGS’s “Connecting Families, Advancing History” capital campaign.) Lansbury, best known for her role in “Murder, She Wrote” but an Oscar nominee at the age of 19 for “Gaslight,” was presented with a custom-designed genealogical family tree from NEHGS president
D. Brenton Simons. (Turns out Lansbury is descended from a long line of actors, including Robert Bruce Mantell, a matinee idol and Shakespearean actor, and her mom, Moyna Macgill, an Irish stage and film actress.) At 89, Lansbury is still working. Next month, she’s taking Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” on the road. Guests at the event included Lansbury’s son Anthony Shaw and “Masterpiece Theatre” producer Rebecca Eaton.