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Anne Bancroft –


Anne Bancroft: Best Actress 1962:

The Miracle Worker (Biography)

Anne Bancroft received her Oscar for playing the half-blind Annie Sullivan who waged a long battle to get the stubborn, blind and mute child (Patty Duke) to communicate with others.

About Anne Bancroft (1931– 2005)

American leading actress who's real name was Anna Maria Italiano, Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931, in The Bronx, New York. Staying close to home, she graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan.

Formerly married and divorced to Martin May, Ann was remarried to Mel Brooks, in 1964, and remained his life partner until she lost her battle to Uterine Cancer, in 2005.

Although Anne Bancroft first started her career in television, it was only a matter of time before she moved her talent to the big screens of Hollywood and the stages of Broadway. Her cinematic debut was in 1952's "Don't Bother to Knock". The fifties marked a decade of supporting roles for Bancroft until her leading debut in "The Miracle Worker" in 1962.

Bancroft was nominated and won the award for Best Actress for her role in the film, as did her youthful costar, Patty Duke, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

Blazing a trail of notable performances thereafter, Bancroft's best work undoubtedly came in the sixties, including her nominated performances in 1964's THE PUMPKIN EATER and 1967's THE GRADUATE.

Anne Bancroft was also nominated for her roles in 1977's THE TURNING POINT and 1985's AGNES OF GOD. Her trademark move is the subtle removal of her earring before answering the telephone.

Anne Bancroft's notable movie credits include...

1952 Don't Bother to Knock
1953 Tonight We Sing
1953 Treasure of the Golden Condor
1953 The Kid from Left Field
1954 Gorilla at Large
1954 Demetrius and the Gladiators
1954 The Raid
1955 New York Confidential
1955 A Life in the Balance
1955 The Naked Street
1955 The Last Frontier
1956 Walk the Proud Land
1957 Nightfall
1957 The Restless Breed
1957 The Girl in Black Stockings
1962 The Miracle Worker
1964 The Pumpkin Eater
1965 The Slender Thread
1966 7 Women
1967 The Graduate
1972 Young Winston
1974 Blazing Saddles
1975 The Prisoner of Second Avenue
1975 The Hindenburg
1975 Urban Living: Funny and Formidable
1976 Lipstick
1976 Silent Movie
1977 The Turning Point
1977 Jesus of Nazareth
1980 Fatso
1980 The Elephant Man
1983 To Be or Not to Be
1984 Garbo Talks
1985 Agnes of God
1986 'night, Mother
1987 84 Charing Cross Road
1988 Torch Song Trilogy
1989 Bert Rigby, You're a Fool
1992 Honeymoon in Vegas
1992 Love Potion No. 9
1993 Point of No Return/The Assassin
1993 Malice
1993 Mr. Jones
1995 How to Make an American Quilt
1995 Home for the Holidays
1995 Dracula: Dead and Loving It
1996 The Sunchaser
1997 G.I. Jane
1997 Critical Care
1998 Great Expectations
1998 Mark Twain's America in 3D
1998 Antz
2000 Up at the Villa
2000 Keeping the Faith
2001 Heartbreakers
2001 In Search of Peace
2008 Delgo

Anne Bancroft's television credits include...

1951 Suspense
1951 The Ford Theatre Hour
1950–51 Studio One in Hollywood
1951 The Adventures of Ellery Queen
1951 Danger
1951 The Web
1951 Lights Out
1953 Omnibus
1953 Kraft Theatre
1954–1957 Lux Video Theatre
1956–57 Climax!
1957 Playhouse 90
1957 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre
1957 The Alcoa Hour
1958 The Frank Sinatra Show
1960 Person to Person
1960 Gala Adlai on Broadway
1962 Password All-Stars
1962–1964 What's My Line?
1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
1967 ABC Stage 67
1969 The Kraft Music Hall
1970 Arthur Penn, 1922-: Themes and Variants
1970 This Is Tom Jones
1970 Annie: The Women in the Life of a Man
1974 Annie and the Hoods
1977 Jesus of Nazareth
1978 The Stars Salute Israel at 30
1978 Lørdagshjørnet
1978 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
1978 Mickey's 50
1979 The Muppets Go Hollywood
1980 Shogun
1982 Marco Polo
1982 Women I Love: Beautiful But Funny
1983 An Audience with Mel Brooks
1990 Freddie and Max
1992 Broadway Bound
1992 Mrs. Cage
1994 Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
1994 Great Performances
1994 The Simpsons
1996 Homecoming
1998 The Secret World of 'Antz'
1998 Living with Cancer: A Message of Hope
1999 Deep in My Heart
1999 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Dustin Hoffman
2000 The Rosie O'Donnell Show
2000 The Living Edens
2001 Exhale with Candice Bergen
2001 Haven
2003 The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm







Anne Bancroft in THE GRADUATE.



Anne Bancroft in DON'T BOTHER TO KNOCK (1952).


Anne Bancroft in HEARTBREAKERS (2001).





Anne Bancroft in 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD (1987).



Anne Bancroft, with Patty Duke in THE MIRACLE WORKER.



Anne Bancroft in THE TURNING POINT (1977).


Anne Bancroft in HONEYMOON IN VEGAS (1992).