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Angela Lansbury to receive honorary Oscar

Nov. 16, 2013 at 6:16 PM

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- British actress Angela Lansbury will receive an Oscar at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' fifth Governors Awards, officials said.

The ceremony was to take place Saturday evening at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Lansbury's award comes nearly 70 years after she was nominated for supporting actress for her role as a maid in "Gaslight."

"It's very, very special for me," said Lansbury in a phone interview. "It is very unique and wonderful to receive at my time of life though I am still in the running -- doing things and acting."

"When a light shines brightly, it really lasts a long time," academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said. "I would say Miss Lansbury is a perfect example of a light shining brightly. Her skill, her passion for acting is such that she has influenced many actors and actresses, I would say, through the years."

Comedian Steve Martin and noted Italian costume designer Piero Tosi will also be receiving awards at the ceremony, along with Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie.

Jolie is receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

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