Anne Bancroft Biography

Birthday: 1931-09-17
Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York
Height: 5' 6½" (1.69 m)
Wiki Biography: Anna Maria Italiano was born in the Bronx, New York. She was the second of three daughters born to Michael Italiano (1906-2001) and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010). After changing her name to Anne Bancroft, she made her cinema debut in 1952's Don't Bother to Knock (1952). Over the next five years, she appeared in a lot of forgettable movies as a supporting actress. Then, in 1957 she left the film industry and was offscreen until 1962, when she played Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker (1962), for which she won an Oscar. Despite her Oscar win, Bancroft was not given the kinds of parts that created big screen stardom. She worked only occasionally during the next 30 years, but did give great performances as a lead actress in The Pumpkin Eater (1964), Young Winston (1972), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975), To Be or Not to Be (1983), and 84 Charing Cross Road (1987). The most famous role of her career was a supporting role, as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967). Her status as the "older woman" in the film is iconic, although in real life Bancroft was just 35 and only five years older than costar Dustin Hoffman, who at age 30 played a 20 year old being seduced by a woman more than twice his age. Bancroft would later express her frustration over the fact that the film overshadowed her other work. By the nineties, her transition to full-time supporting actress in feature films was complete. She appeared in such movies as Point of No Return (1993), G.I. Jane (1997), Great Expectations (1998), and Keeping the Faith (2000), but television provided Bancroft with larger and often meatier roles. She starred in seven made-for-TV films during her later years, all of which earned her major award nominations, including an Emmy win for Deep in My Heart (1999) (TV). Sadly, on June 6, 2005, Anne Bancroft died at age 73 of uterine cancer. Her death surprised many, as she had not released any details of her illness to the public. Among her survivors was her mother Mildred, her husband of forty years (Mel Brooks), and her only child (Max Brooks) who was born in 1972. Her final film, the animated feature Delgo (2008), was released posthumously in 2008 and dedicated to her memory.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
New York Confidential 1955 Crime
Alcoa Hour 1955 Drama
The Last Frontier 1955 History
Jesus of Nazareth Mary Magdalene 1977 Drama
Freddie and Max 1990 Comedy
Home For The Holidays Adele Larson 1995 Comedy
Miracle Workers Annie Sullivan 2006 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Great Expectations Ms. Dinsmoor 1946 Biography
Don't Bother to Knock Lyn Leslie 1952
Gorilla at Large 1954
Demetrius and the Gladiators 1954 Action, Drama, History
New York Confidential 1955 Crime, Drama
The Last Frontier 1956 History
The Miracle Worker Annie Sullivan 1962
The Pumpkin Eater 1964
The Graduate Mrs. Robinson 1967 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Young Winston Lady Jennie Churchill 1972 0, 0
The Prisoner of Second Avenue 1975 Comedy
The Hindenburg 1975 Adventure, Drama, History
Lipstick Carla Bondi 1976 0
The Turning Point 1977 0
Jesus of Nazareth Mary Magdalene 1977 Drama, History
The Elephant Man Mrs. Kendal 1980 Drama, History
Garbo Talks 1984 Comedy, Drama
Agnes of God Mother Miriam Ruth 1985 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
84 Charing Cross Road Helene Hanff 1987 Drama, Romance
Nightfall Marie Gardner 1988 Game Show
Torch Song Trilogy 1988 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Bert Rigby, You're a Fool Meredith Perlestein 1989
Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 Comedy, Romance, Thriller
Love Potion No. 9 Madame Ruth 1992 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Mr. Jones 1993 0
Point of No Return 1995
How to Make an American Quilt 1995 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Home for the Holidays Adele Larson 1995 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Sunchaser 1996 Drama
G.I. Jane Lillian DeHaven 1997 Action, Drama
Critical Care Nun 1997 Comedy, Drama
Antz Queen 1998 0, 0, Drama
Keeping the Faith Ruth Schram 2000 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Up at the Villa Princess San Ferdinando 2000 Drama, Romance
Heartbreakers Gloria Vogal 2001 Comedy, Crime, Romance
The Heart Breaker Gloria Vogal 2001 Comedy, Crime, Romance
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Contessa 2003
The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone Contessa 2003 Drama
Delgo Sedessa 2008 0, 0, Drama, 0, Sport
Homecoming 2009 Reality Tv