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Anne Bancroft

Mostly Credited As: Anne Bancroft
Sometimes Credited As: Anne Marno

Birth Name: Anna Maria Louise Italiano
Date Of Birth: September 17, 1931 (Age 73)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: The Bronx, New York City, New York
Date Of Death: June 06, 2005
Cause Of Death: Uterine Cancer (New York, New York)
Height: 5' 8" (1.72 m)

Anne Bancroft


Anna Maria Italiano was born 1931 in the Bronx, New York. She made her cinema debut in 1952 in Don't Bother to Knock (1952). In the fifties she made a lot of movies as a supporting actress until she became a star with The Miracle Worker (1962), directed by Arthur Penn, for which she won an Academy Award. The sixties in general were her best years: The Pumpkin Eater (1964) directed by Jack Clayton, 7 Women (1966) directed by John Ford and The Graduate (1967) directed by Mike Nichols. In 1964 she married Mel Brooks. After the sixties she reduced her appearances in movies but still had some important roles like, for example, Garbo Talks (1984) directed by Sidney Lumet. She also began to make some TV films.

As young Hollywood contract player Anna Marno, this sharpfeatured, witty, and versatile actress ap peared in such deathless 1950s classics as Don't Bother to Knock (1952), Demetrius and the Gladiators and Gorilla at Large (both 1954). In search of better roles, she headed back to New York and the stage, and there met with great success opposite Henry Fonda in the 1958 production of Two for the Seesaw (for which she won a Tony) and with what was to become the first of her signature roles as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker which in 1959 brought her another Tony as well as a New York Drama Critics Award. The stage was set for a triumphant return to Hollywood, and sure enough she received a Best Actress Academy Award for her reprisal of the Sullivan role in the 1962 film version of the play. She followed with an Oscar-nominated performance in the British-made The Pumpkin Eater (1964), a bleak tale of marital strife scripted by celebrated playwright Harold Pinter. She also appeared in John Ford's final feature, 7 Women (1966). The second of her signature roles was as Mrs. Robinson, the sexually frustrated upper-middle-class wife who icily seduces Dustin Hoffman in 1967's The Graduate (The role brought her another Oscar nomination).

She appeared in roles both comic and dramatic throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including an unbilled cameo in her husband Mel Brooks' Silent Movie (1976) and a full lead opposite him in a 1983 remake of Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be She also appeared in several pictures made by Brooks' production company Brooksfilms, including David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980) and the 1987 sleeper 84 Charing Cross Road Her directing and screenwriting debut, 1979's Fatso received mixed notices. Along the way she earned yet another Best Actress nomination, for her role opposite Shirley MacLaine in the battle-of-the-bitchy-exballet-dancers melodrama The Turning Point (1977), and one more as the Mother Superior, opposite Jane Fonda, in Agnes of God (1985). Most recently, Bancroft has been taking interesting character/cameo roles, in such films as Love Potion No. 9 (1992), Honeymoon in Vegas (1992, as Nicolas Cage's dying mother), Point of No Return (1993, in the part played by Jeanne Moreau in La Femme Nikita), Malice (1993), and Mr. Jones (1993).

Anne Bancroft
TV Appearances

Main cast 
Freddie and Max (1990)As: Maxine (Max) Chandler
Jesus of Nazareth (1977)As: Mary Magdalene
Episode Cast Credits 

Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) 
  Opening Night 04x10: (Mar/14/2004) As Herself 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 51st Annual Emmy Awards 51x01: (Sep/12/1999) As Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (for 'Deep in My Heart') 

The Simpsons (1989) 
  Fear of Flying 06x11: (Dec/18/1994) Voiced  Dr. Zweig (as Ann Bancroft) 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 65th Annual Academy Awards 41x01: (Mar/29/1993) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 36th Annual Academy Awards 12x01: (Apr/13/1964) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 35th Annual Academy Awards 11x01: (Apr/08/1963) As Winner: Best Actress (for 'The Miracle Worker') 

This Is Tom Jones (1969) 
  Episode #3.1 03x01: (Sep/25/1970) As Herself 

Kraft Music Hall (1958) 
  Peter Cook & Dudley Moore / Anne Bancroft / Mel Torme 11x23: (Apr/30/1969) As Herself 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 25th Annual Golden Globe Awards 25x01: (Feb/12/1968) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (for 'The Graduate') 
  The 22nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 22x01: (Feb/08/1965) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (for 'The Pumpkin Eater') 

ABC Stage 67 (1966) 
  I'm Getting Married 01x23: (Mar/16/1967) As Virginia 

Zane Grey Theatre (1956) 
  Episode in Darkness 02x07: (Nov/15/1957) As Isabelle Rutledge 

Climax! (1954) 
  Mad Bomber 03x28: (Apr/18/1957) As Elena 
  Fear is the Hunter 02x38: (Jul/12/1956) As Audrey 

The Lux Video Theatre (1950) 
  The Black Angel 07x30: (Mar/28/1957) As guest star 
  The Corrigan Case 06x39: (Jun/21/1956) As Ann 
  Hired Way 06x22: (Feb/23/1956) As Kendal Browning 
  Forever Female 05x44: (Jun/23/1955) As Sally 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  Invitation to a Gunfighter 01x23: (Mar/07/1957) As Julie Bickford 
  So Soon to Die 01x16: (Jan/17/1957) As Isobel Waring 

Kraft Television Theatre (1947) (1947) 
  To Live in Peace 07x16: (Dec/16/1953) As guest star 

Omnibus (US) (1952) 
  The Nature of the Beast 02x11: (Dec/13/1953) As guest star 

Suspense (US) (1949) 
  A Vision of Death 03x49: (Jul/31/1951) As guest star 
  Night Break 03x24: (Feb/06/1951) As guest star 

Studio One (1948) 
  Wintertime 03x32: (Apr/02/1951) As guest star 
  Letter from Cairo 03x15: (Dec/04/1950) As guest star 
  The Man Who Had Influence 02x38: (May/29/1950) As Maria Cassini 
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