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ANNE BANCROFT BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Anne Bancroft was born on September 17th, 1931 in the Bronx, New York with the birth name Anna Maria Louise Italiano to parents Michael and Mildred.  She had two sisters, Joanne and Phyllis. 
 
After completing high school at Christopher Columbus in the Bronx in 1948 she went on to attend HB Studio, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Actors Studio as well as the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women at the University of California based in Los Angeles. 
 
With all this acting education underneath her she was ready to put her skills to work.  Anne began with her film debut on, "Don't Bother to Knock" (1952) starring Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark, Jim Backus, Don Beddoe, Willis Bouchey, Verna Felton, Jeanne Cagney, Donna Corcoran, Elisha Cook Jr. and Lurene Tuttle and also found other work as a contract player on a number of films.  It was at his time that she chose to take on her stage name, Ann Bancroft and lose the surname, Marno.  She then returned back to New York working as a stage actress on Broadway due to the lack of quality of films Hollywood was offering her.
 
As her career progressed she returned to Hollywood and starred in a number of films such as, "The Miracle Worker" (1962) co-starring Patty Duke as blind and deaf Helen Keller, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in the film version and in the stage version she won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.  She also appeared on, "The Pumpkin Eater" (1964), "The Graduate" (1967) starring with Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, Murray Hamilton, William Daniels, Elizabeth Wilson, Ben Murphy, Richard Dreyfuss and Norman Fell, "The Turning Point" (1977) also starring Shirley MacLaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leslie Browne, Tom Skerritt, Martha Scott, Anthony Zerbe, Marshall Thompson and James Mitchell and "Agnes of God" (1985) with Jane Fonda and Meg Tilly, for which all four of these films she received Academy Award nominations.  "The Graduate" film is ranked #47 on Premier Magazines 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. 
 
Alongside a highly successful stage and film career.  Bancroft also managed to have a decent resume in television appearances.  She appeared on the CBS special, "Annie: the Women in the Life of a Man" (1970) and won an Emmy Award for her singing and acting talents in the show.  She again was successful with another television special, "Annie and the Hoods" (1974).  In total, she received six Emmy Award nominations and won two of them.  She was also nominated for eight Golden Globes and also won two. 
 
As if her acting resume was not lengthy enough, Bancroft also decided she wanted to give screenwriting a try.  Her debut project was as the screenwriter and director of, "Fatso" (1980).  Anne Bancroft was highly talented and used her talents to the best of her advantage.  Her career never slowed down and she continued to star in a number of films through the 80's and 90's.  Some of her later career work included, "Love Potion No. 9" (1992), "Point of No Return" (1993), "Home for the Holiday's" (1995), "Keeping the Faith" (2000) and "Heartbreakers" (2001) to name just a few.  Her final film project was in an animated feature called, "Delgo" (2008).  

During Anne's lenghty career she appeared in several television shows such as "Suspense", "Climax!", "The Frank Sinatra Show", "Zane Grey Theatre" and "Playhouse 90" to name a few.
 
Anne Bancroft married twice, first to Martin May from July 1st, 1953 through February 13th, 1957.  Her second marriage was to Mel Brooks from August 5th, 1964 through June 6th, 2005 when she passed away from uterine cancer in New York City, New York.  The couple had one child together, Max Brooks born in 1972.  
 
Bancroft was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the television industry.  She is interred at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York, near her parents, Mildred and Michael Italiano.  She was survived by her husband Mel Brooks of forty years and their son Max Brooks.
 

Filmography
 
2008   Delgo 
2003   The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone 
2001   Heartbreakers 
2001   Haven
2000   Up at the Villa 
2000   Keeping the Faith 
1999   Deep in My Heart
1998   Antz 
1998   Great Expectations 
1997   Critical Care 
1997   G.I. Jane 
1996   The Sunchaser 
1996   Homecoming
1995   Dracula: Dead and Loving It 
1995   Home for the Holidays 
1995   How to Make an American Quilt 
1994   The Simpsons
1994   Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
1993   Mr. Jones 
1993   Malice 
1993   Point of No Return 
1992   Love Potion No. 9 
1992   Honeymoon in Vegas 
1992   Mrs. Cage
1992   Broadway Bound
1990   Freddie and Max
1989   Bert Rigby, You're a Fool 
1988   Torch Song Trilogy 
1987   84 Charing Cross Road 
1986   'night, Mother 
1985   Agnes of God 
1984   Garbo Talks 
1983   To Be or Not to Be 
1982   Marco Polo
1980   The Elephant Man 
1980   I Shogun
1980   Fatso 
1977   The Turning Point 
1977   Jesus of Nazareth 
1976   Lipstick 
1975   The Hindenburg
1975   The Prisoner of Second Avenue 
1974   Blazing Saddles 
1972   Young Winston 
1970   Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man
1967   The Graduate 
1967   ABC Stage 67 
1966   7 Women 
1965   The Slender Thread 
1964   Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 
1964   The Pumpkin Eater 
1962   The Miracle Worker 
1958   The Frank Sinatra Show 
1957   Zane Grey Theatre
1957   The Girl in Black Stockings 
1956-1957  The Alcoa Hour
1957   The Restless Breed
1956-1957  Climax! 
1954-1957  Lux Video Theatre 
1957   Playhouse 90 
1957   Nightfall
1956   Walk the Proud Land 
1955   The Last Frontier 
1955   The Naked Street 
1955   A Life in the Balance 
1955   New York Confidential
1954   The Raid 
1954   Demetrius and the Gladiators 
1954   Gorilla at Large 
1953   Kraft Theatre 
1953   Omnibus 
1953   The Kid from Left Field 
1953   Treasure of the Golden Condor 
1953   Tonight We Sing 
1952   Don't Bother to Knock 
1951   Lights Out 
1951   The Web
1951   Danger
1951   The Adventures of Ellery Queen 
1950-1951  Studio One in Hollywood
1951   The Ford Theatre Hour
1951   Suspense   





Matinee Classics - 7 Women starring Anne Bancroft, Sue Lyon, Margaret Leighton, Flora Robson, Mildred Dunnock, Betty Field, Anna Lee, Eddie Albert, Mike Mazurki and Woody Strode
Matinee Classics - Don't Bother to Knock starring Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Donna Corcoran, Jeanne Cagney, Lurene Tuttle, Elisha Cook Jr., Jim Backus, Verna Felton, Willis Bouchey and Don Beddoe
Matinee Classics - The Graduate starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson, Buck Henry, Brian Avery, Norman Fell, Marion Lorne, Alice Ghostley, Eve McVeagh, Mike Farrell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ben Murphy and Kevin Tighe
Matinee Classics - The Graduate starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson, Buck Henry, Brian Avery, Norman Fell, Marion Lorne, Alice Ghostley, Eve McVeagh, Mike Farrell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ben Murphy and Kevin Tighe
Matinee Classics - The Graduate starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson, Buck Henry, Brian Avery, Norman Fell, Marion Lorne, Alice Ghostley, Eve McVeagh, Mike Farrell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ben Murphy and Kevin Tighe
Matinee Classics - Anne Bancroft won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Miracle Worker
Matinee Classics - The Girl in Black Stockings starring Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, Mamie Van Doren, Ron Randell, Marie Windsor, John Dehner, John Holland, Diana Van Der Vlis and Stuart Whitman
Matinee Classics - The Girl in Black Stockings starring Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, Mamie Van Doren, Ron Randell, Marie Windsor, John Dehner, John Holland, Diana Van Der Vlis and Stuart Whitman
Matinee Classics - The Girl in Black Stockings starring Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, Mamie Van Doren, Ron Randell, Marie Windsor, John Dehner, John Holland, Diana Van Der Vlis and Stuart Whitman
Matinee Classics - The Girl in Black Stockings starring Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, Mamie Van Doren, Ron Randell, Marie Windsor, John Dehner, John Holland, Diana Van Der Vlis and Stuart Whitman


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