Anne Bancroft

Anne Bancroft
Los Angeles Times


Anne Bancroft
TV: South side of the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano on Sept. 17, 1931 in Bronx, N.Y.
Died June 6, 2005 of uterine cancer in Mount Sinai Hospital, NY

Anne Bancroft was a versatile, husky-voiced actress who won an Academy Award for portraying Helen Keller's teacher in "The Miracle Worker" but will forever be remembered as the coldly seductive Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate."

An actress of uncommon versatility, Bancroft collected one Oscar, two Tonys, two Golden Globes, an Emmy and in 1996 a lifetime achievement comedy award in a career spanning more than half a century.

After studying at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1948, then credited as Anne Marno, she began acting in live television in 1950 on such programs as the drama anthology "Studio One."

Signed to a contract by 20th Century Fox, she moved to Hollywood in 1952 and chose her stage name — Bancroft, because it sounded dignified — from a list handed to her by studio head Darryl F. Zanuck.

In 1964, she married comedian Mel Brooks, and they remained together until her death.

She earned an Emmy in 1970 for her special "Annie — The Woman in the Life of Men" and starred in some memorable television plays, including "Mrs. Cage" and Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound," both in 1992, and "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All" in 1994.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1962 Best Actress The Miracle Worker Win
    1964 Best Actress The Pumpkin Eater Nomination
    1967 Best Actress The Graduate Nomination
    1977 Best Actress The Turning Point Nomination
    1985 Best Actress Agnes of God Nomination

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