Thursday, November 13, 2014

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Presents 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dame Angela Lansbury

On Thursday evening, November 13, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) presented Dame Angela Lansbury with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in the Performing Arts with a custom genealogy and multi-generation family tree. The event helped mark the success of the NEHGS Connecting Families, Advancing History capital campaign which has surpassed the $50 million mark of a $55 million campaign goal. Through the campaign NEHGS has acquired the adjacent building at 97 Newbury Street to expand its headquarters to include educational space for school children, a museum shop, and increased exhibition space. The campaign has also supported a major website initiative that will add more than 2 billion new records to the Society’s award-winning website,

NEHGS President and CEO D. Brenton Simons presented Miss Lansbury with a family history researched and written by staff genealogists at NEHGS. Highlighted within is her great-great-uncle, Robert Bruce Mantell, who had a distinguished career in England and America, and after 1915, as an actor in silent films. Following in Robert’s footsteps, her mother Moyna Macgill had an active career on the stage in London and in films after being discovered by the great actor Sir Gerald du Maurier; a second career awaited her in Hollywood after the family came to America in 1942.

Simons captured the evening during his opening remarks: “From this family history we draw an amazing and perhaps heretofore overlooked fact; few, other acting dynasties have performed consistently in motion pictures from 1915 to the present. Robert Bruce Mantell, Moyna Macgill, and Angela Lansbury together span a century of performances…virtually the entire period of motion pictures in America.”

In her legendary career spanning seven decades, Lansbury has won five Tony Awards, six Golden Globes, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild, a Kennedy Center Honor, a Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Award, and has been nominated for three Best Supporting Actress Academy Awards. In 2014, she received an honorary Academy Award.


The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves 65,000 constituents through an award-winning website

Since 1845, NEHGS has been the country’s leading research center for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today NEHGS provides constituents with worldwide access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere. NEHGS’s resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field and their leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Jewish, African American, Native American, and Canadian research. Expert assistance is available to members and nonmembers in a variety of ways. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99 – 101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including artifacts, documents, records, journals, letters, books, manuscripts, and other items dating back hundreds of years.