Anne Bancroft

Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft 1952.jpg
Studio Publicity Photo, Don't Bother to Knock 1952
BornAnna Maria Louisa Italiano
(1931-09-17)September 17, 1931
The Bronx, New York, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 6, 2005(2005-06-06) (aged 73)
Manhattan, New York, New York, U.S.
Cause of deathUterine cancer
OccupationActress, director, screenwriter and singer
Years active1951–2005
Spouse(s)Martin May
(m. 1953; div. 1957)

Mel Brooks
(m. 1964)
ChildrenMax Brooks

Anna Maria Louisa Italiano[1] (September 17, 1931 – June 6, 2005), known professionally as Anne Bancroft, was an American actress, director, screenwriter and singer associated with the method acting school, having studied under Lee Strasberg.[2] Respected for her acting prowess and versatility, Bancroft was acknowledged for her work in film, theatre and television. She won one Academy Award, three BAFTA Awards, two Golden Globes, two Tony Awards and two Emmy Awards, and several other awards and nominations.[3][4]

After her film debut in Don't Bother to Knock (1952) and a string of supporting film roles during the 1950s, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her lead role in The Miracle Worker (1962) as the teacher of teenage Helen Keller, reprising her role in the Broadway stage play. She won both an Oscar for her work in the film, and a Tony for the same role in the play. On Broadway in 1965, she played a medieval nun obsessed with a priest (Jason Robards) in John Whiting's play The Devils, based on the Aldous Huxley novel The Devils of Loudun. She was perhaps best known as the seductress, Mrs. Robinson, in The Graduate (1967), a role that she later stated had come to overshadow her other work.

Bancroft received several other Oscar nominations and continued in lead roles until the late 1980s.She played a ballet dancer in The Turning Point (1977), and in Agnes of God (1985), she played the mother superior of a convent who clashes with a psychiatrist played by Jane Fonda over dealings with a troubled young novice nun played by Meg Tilly. In 1987, she starred with Anthony Hopkins in 84 Charing Cross Road. She appeared in several movies directed or produced by her second husband, comedian Mel Brooks, including the award-winning drama The Elephant Man as well as comedies To Be or Not to Be and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.

In the 1990s she returned to supporting roles in films, but continued to play lead roles in television films. She received Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, for The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003), as well as an Emmy nomination for 2001's Haven.

Early life

Bancroft was born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano in the Bronx, New York, the middle of three daughters of Mildred (née DiNapoli; 1908–2010), a telephone operator, and Michael G. Italiano (1905–2001), a dress pattern maker.[5][6]

Bancroft's parents were both children of Italian immigrants. In an interview, she stated her family was originally from Muro Lucano, in the province of Potenza.[7] She was brought up Roman Catholic.[8] She was raised in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx,[9] later moving to 1580 Zerega Ave. and graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in 1948. She later attended HB Studio, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Actors Studio and the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women at the University of California, Los Angeles. After appearing in a number of live television dramas under the name Anne Marno, she was told to change her surname, as it was "too ethnic for movies"; she chose Bancroft "because it sounded dignified."[10]

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asturianu: Anne Bancroft
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беларуская: Эн Бэнкрафт
български: Ан Банкрофт
català: Anne Bancroft
Cymraeg: Anne Bancroft
Deutsch: Anne Bancroft
Ελληνικά: Αν Μπάνκροφτ
español: Anne Bancroft
Esperanto: Anne Bancroft
euskara: Anne Bancroft
français: Anne Bancroft
hrvatski: Anne Bancroft
Ilokano: Anne Bancroft
Bahasa Indonesia: Anne Bancroft
íslenska: Anne Bancroft
italiano: Anne Bancroft
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Malagasy: Anne Bancroft
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Nederlands: Anne Bancroft
Plattdüütsch: Anne Bancroft
português: Anne Bancroft
română: Anne Bancroft
русский: Энн Бэнкрофт
Simple English: Anne Bancroft
slovenčina: Anne Bancroft
српски / srpski: Ен Банкрофт
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Anne Bancroft
svenska: Anne Bancroft
Tagalog: Anne Bancroft
Türkçe: Anne Bancroft
українська: Енн Бенкрофт
Tiếng Việt: Anne Bancroft
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