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Common misspelling: Ann Bancroft, Anne Bankroft, Anne Banckroft; Also known as: Anne Marno, Mrs. Robinson

Given Name

Date of Birth

Birth Place

Anna Maria Louise Italiano

b. September 17, 1931

d. June 6, 2005

The Bronx, New York

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ANNE BANCROFT BIOGRAPHY

"I did what I could, and what I wanted to do."

Anne Bancroft, 1931 - 2005

  • Anne Bancroft was born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano on September 17, 1931 in The Bronx, New York to Michael (a patternmaker) and Mildred (telephone operator) Italiano.  She has two sisters Joanne (older) and Phyllis (younger).

  • Mrs. Bancroft has an early love of performing and began to take acting and dancing lessons at the age of four.

  • After High School, she planned on becoming a lab technician, but her mother convinced her to attend the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts instead.

  • Her professional career in acting came in 1951 at the age of twenty, when she began to appear in episodes of television drama series such as Suspense, Danger, The Adventures of Ellery Quinn and Lights Out.

  • It was not until the following year that she went to Hollywood and made it to the big screen in her movie debut as Lyn Lesly in Don’t Bother to Knock.  This began a career in movies that would span the next 50 fifty years.  During the early and mid-fifties, she began to take on more movie roles, proving her acting skills and versatility to the moviegoers and the movie studios.  However, she was a contract baby, and the studio heads at 20th Century Fox dictated her professional career.  In fact, it was the studios that made her change her name to Anne Bancroft. They gave her a book of names and told her to change it because her real name it sounded too ethnic.

  • After she fulfilled her contract with the movie studio, she turned her attention to the light of Broadway.  In 1958 she starred in the play Two for the Seesaw and won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play in addition, she also won the 1958 Theater World Award.  She followed this up by receiving her second Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for The Miracle Worker, as well as a New York Drama Critics Award for this role.  It was during these early years in Hollywood that she tried to find her soul mate.  She married builder/construction worker Martin A. May in July 1953, but the marriage only lasted until early (February) 1957.

  • She New York City once again and returned to Hollywood under her own terms.  After perfecting the role of Annie Sullivan on Broadway in The Miracle Worker, she was now starring in a film adaptation of the same name playing opposite Patty Duke in the role of Helen Keller. After perfecting this role over the past few years, she was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress. [Note: She was not able to attend the awards ceremony because she was appearing on Broadway at the time (Mother Courage and Her Children) and was given her a week later in the theater she was performing before the show.  Joan Crawford accepted the award in her absence.]  She was also awarded the BAFTA Film Award for Best Foreign Actress and the NBR Award for Best Actress. In addition, she was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress – Drama.

  • It did not take much time for this dynamic actress to be recognized again by the movie community and was nominated for another Academy Award for her role in the 1964 film The Pumpkin Eater. She also won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award, the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama , the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress for this role.  1964 was also a big year for her personal life.  She married then comedy writer and comedian Mel Brooks in August of that year.  The two lovers got married at City Hall. [Note: They met at a talk show a year earlier and Mr. Brooks followed her into a restaurant to “accidentally” bump into her.]

  • Anne Bancroft’s truly memorable role came in 1967 as Mrs. Robinson in Mike Nichols’ The Graduate.  Her role as the older woman seductress who bewilders a young looking Dustin Hoffman has become a movie classic.  The role also led to another Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role.  Her other award nominations for this role include the BAFTA Film Award for Best Actress.  She also won some awards for her role, including the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy. [Note: Although Bancroft played a much older female, in reality she was only six years older than the 30 year old Hoffman].

  • Besides her movie career, she returned briefly to the stage in 1967 to appear in a short run of Little Foxes at Lincoln Center, and then returned to Lincoln Center a year later to appear in A Cry of Players.

  • After breaking into “show business” in the early 1950’s, she returned to her beginning on the small screen and starred in the variety show, Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety or Musical Program.

  • In 1972, Mel and Anne had their only child, a son, Maximillian (Max) Brooks who became comedy writer. He is most well known for his writing on Saturday Night Live.

  • During the 1970’s spent time with her new son and husband, but also managed to perform on Broadway, as well as appear in a few movies for the silver screen and television.  Her movie highlights of this decade include Young Winston (1972 – nominated for NAFTA Film Award for Best Actress) and The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975 – nominated for BAFTA Film Award for Best Actress).  Her greatest roles of the decade, was her Oscar nominated role in 1977 as Emma Jacklin in The Turning Point (nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, BAFTA Film Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress – Drama and won the NPR Award for Best Actress).

  • In 1977, she returned to Broadway as Golda Meir in the play Golda and received a Tony nomination for her role. After this run on Broadway, she only returned one for two weeks in 1981’s Duet for One. [Note: She was set to star in the play Occupant in 2002, but pneumonia forced her to cancel.

  • In 1980 she made her Director/Screenwriter debut for the dark comedy movie Fatso starring Dom DeLuise. She also continued acting, although her performances were critically acclaimed, some of the movies were not.  The highlights of her movie career in the 1980’s include: To Be or Not to Be (1983 – nominated, Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical); Garbo Talks (1984 – nominated, Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical); the Oscar nominated role in Agnes of God (1985 – nominations for Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama); 84 Charing Cross Road (1987 – won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress); and ‘Night Mother (1986 – nominated, Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama).

  • By the 1990s, Anne Bancroft began to take on smaller roles to spend more time with her family, and also because she felt that there were not many good scripts to be had.  However, she turned more of her focus away from the big screen and towards television.  The highlights 1990’s and the first half of the following decade include a few Emmy nominations, including winning the award in 1999.  The high points on television from 1990 through 2005 include: Broadway Bound (1992 – nominated, Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special); Mrs. Cage (1992 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special); Oldest Living Confederate Widow (1994 – nominated, Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special); Homecoming (1996 – nominated, Screen Actor’s Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries); Deep In My Heart (won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie); Haven (2001 – nominated, Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie); The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (nominations for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie, the Golden Sattelite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television, and the Screen Actor’s Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries).  Her last project was adding her voice for the character of Contessa in the movie Delgado to be released in 2005.

  • She also received the American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996 and has also been awarded a Star on the Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame.

  • Anne Bancroft, at the age of 73, passed away on June 6, 2005 at the Mount Sainai Medical Center in New York City after a struggle with uterine cancer. She will always be remembered.

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Year

1952

1953

1953

1953

1954

 

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Title

Don't Bother to Knock

The Kid from Left Field

Tonight We Sing

Treasure of the Golden Condor

Demetrius and the Gladiators

Role

Lyn Lesley

Marian Foley

Emma Hurok

Marie

Paula

Year

1954

1954

1955

1955

1955

 

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Title

Gorilla at Large

The Raid

A Life in the Balance

The Brass Ring (The Naked Street)

The Last Frontier: Savage Wilderness

Role

Laverne Miller

Katie Bishop

María Ibinia

Rosalie Regalzyk

Corinna Marston

Year

1955

1956

1957

1957

1957

 

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Title

New York Confidential

Walk the Proud Land

The Girl in Black Stockings (Wanton Murder)

Nightfall

The Restless Breed

Role

Kathy Lupo

Tianay

Beth Dixon

Marie Gardner

Angelita

Year

1962

1964

1965

1966

1967

 

Selection N/A

Title

The Miracle Worker

The Pumpkin Eater

The Slender Thread

7 Women

The Graduate

Role

Annie Sullivan

Jo Armitage

Inge Dyson

Dr. D.R. Cartwright

Mrs. Robinson

Year

1970

1972

1974

1975

1975

 

Selection N/A

Title

Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man (TV)

Young Winston

Blazing Saddles

The Hindenburg

The Prisoner of Second Avenue

Role

various characters

Jenny (Lady Randolph) Churchill

Cameo

Ursula

Edna Edison

Year

1976

1977

1977

1980

1980

 

Title

Lipstick

Jesus of Nazareth (TV-mini)

The Turning Point

The Elephant Man

Fatso

Role

Carla Bondi

Mary Magdalene

Emma Jacklin

Mrs. Kendal

Antoinette

Year

1980

1982

1983

1984

1985

 

Selection N/A

Title

James Clavell's Shogun (TV)

Marco Polo (TV-mini)

To Be or Not to Be

Garbo Talks

Agnes of God

Role

Narrator

Signora Polo

Anna Bronski

Estelle Rolfe

Mother Miriam Ruth

Year

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

   

   

Title

'Night, Mother

84 Charing Cross Road

Torch Song Trilogy

Bert Rigby, You're a Fool

Freddie and Max (TV)

Role

Thelma Cates

Helene Hanff

Ma

Meredith Perlestein

Maxine Chandler

Year

1992

1992

1992

1992

1993

 

   

Title

Honeymoon in Vegas

Love Potion No. 9

Mrs. Cage (TV)

Neil Simon's Broadway Bound (TV)

Malice

Role

Bea Singer

Madame Ruth

Lillian Cage

Kate Jerome

Mrs. Kennsinger

Year

1993

1993

1994

1994

1995

 

     

Title

Mr. Jones

Point of No Return: The Assassin

Great Performances: The Mother (TV)

Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (TV)

Dracula: Dead and Loving It

Role

Dr. Catherine Holland

Amanda

Mrs. Fanning

Lucy Marsden

Madame Ouspenskaya

Year

1995

1995

1996

1996

1997

 

 

Title

Home for the Holidays

How to Make an American Quilt

Homecoming (TV)

The Sunchaser

Critical Care

Role

Adele Larson

Glady Joe Cleary

Abigail Tillerman

Dr. Renata Baumbauer

Nun

Year

1997

1998

1998

1999

2000

 

 

Title

G.I. Jane

Antz

Great Expectations

Deep in My Heart (TV)

Keeping the Faith

Role

Sen. Lillian DeHaven

The Queen (voice)

Ms. Nora Dinsmoor

Gerry Eileen Cummins

Ruth Schram

Year

2000

2001

2001

2003

Coming: 2005

 

 

 

Title

Up at the Villa

Haven (TV)

Heartbreakers

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (TV)

Delgo

Role

Princess San Ferdinando

Mama Gruber

Gloria Vogal/Barbara

Contessa

Sedessa (voice)

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Mrs. Robinson

 

(written by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel for the soundtrack to The Graduate)

 


And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know
(Wo wo wo)


God bless you, please Mrs. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
(Hey hey hey – hey hey hey)

We’d like to know a little bit about you for our files
We’d like to help you learn to help yourself
Look around you, all you see are sympathetic eyes
Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home

And here’ to you, Mrs. Robinson 
Jesus loves you more than you will know
(Wo wo wo)


God bless you, please Mrs. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
(Hey hey hey – hey hey hey)

Hide it in a hiding place where no one ever goes
Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes
It’s a little secret, just the Robinson’s affair
Most of all you’ve got to hide it from the kids

Coo coo ca choo, Mrs. Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know
(Wo wo wo)

 

 

 

God bless you, please Mrs. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
(Hey hey hey – hey hey hey)

Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
Going to the candidates’ depate
Laugh about it, shout about it
When you’ve got to choose
Ev’ry way you look at it you lose

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you
(Woo woo woo)


What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson
‘Joltin Joe’ has left and gone away?
(Hey hey hey – hey hey hey)

 

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