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Anne Bancroft

Anne Bancroft
Black-and-white studio publicity headshot of Bancroft (late 1960s)
Bancroft in a studio publicity shot
Personal information
Birth nameAnna Maria Louisa Italiano
Birth dateSeptember 17, 1931
Place of birthThe Bronx, New York, U.S.
Date of deathJune 6, 2005(age 73)
Death placeNew York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of deathUterine cancer
OccupationActress
Years active1951 2005
Spouse-Martin May-1953-1957 (divorced)
-Mel Brooks-1964-2005 (her death)
ChildrenMax Brooks (born 1972)
ParentsMichael Italiano (1906-2001)
Mildred DiNapoli
(1908-2010)

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Anne Bancroft (September 17, 1931 June 6, 2005) was an American actress associated with the Method acting school, which she had studied under Lee Strasberg.

She made her film debut in Don't Bother to Knock (1952) and, following a string of supporting film roles during the 1950s, won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Miracle Worker (1962), receiving subsequent nominations for her roles in The Pumpkin Eater (1964), The Graduate (1967), The Turning Point (1977), and Agnes of God (1985). Bancroft's other acclaimed movies as a lead actress include Young Winston (1972), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975), To Be or Not to Be (1983), and 84 Charing Cross Road (1987).Later in her career, she made the transition back to supporting roles in theatrical films such as Point of No Return (1993), Home for the Holidays (1995), Great Expectations (1998), Antz (1998),Keeping the Faith (2000), and Heartbreakers (2001). She also starred in seven television films, the last of which was The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003) for which she received Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

Bancroft died of uterine cancer, age 73, in 2005. Among her survivors was her husband of 40 years, Mel Brooks, and their son Max Brooks.


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