Anne Bancroft

BirthDay:

17 Sep 1931

BirthPlace:

The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

BirthName:

Anna Maria Louise Italiano

Bio:

Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in the Bronx, New York, the daughter of Italian-American parents Michael Italiano (1905-2001), a dress pattern maker, and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010), a telephone operator. She made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock (1952) in 1952 and over the next five years appeared in a lot of undistinguished movies as a supporting actress (like, for example, Gorilla at Large (1954) and The Girl in Black Stockings (1957)). By 1957, she had grown dissatisfied with the state of her career, left Hollywood and spent the next five years on Broadway. She returned to the screen in 1962 with her portrayal of Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker (1962), for which she won an Oscar. Over the course of her intermittent screen career, Bancroft went on to give acclaimed performances in The Pumpkin Eater (1964), The Slender Thread (1965), Young Winston (1972), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975), The Elephant Man (1980), To Be or Not to Be (1983), 84 Charing Cross Road (1987) and other movies, but her most famous role would be as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967). Her status as the predatory "older woman" in the film is iconic, although in real life Bancroft was just 36 and less than six years older than co-star Dustin Hoffman - who, in the film, is said to be half her age. Bancroft would later express her frustration over the fact that the film overshadowed her other work. In the 1990s, the usually selective actress increased her output with a lot of character parts in films such as Love Potion No. 9 (1992), Point of No Return (1993), Home for the Holidays (1995), G.I. Jane (1997), Great Expectations (1998) and Keeping the Faith (2000). She also started to make some TV films, including Deep in My Heart (1999), for which she won an Emmy. Sadly, on June 6, 2005, Bancroft passed away at the age of 73 from uterine cancer. Her death surprised many, as she had not revealed any information of her illness to the public. Among her survivors was her husband of 41 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.
Filmography

Actor ( 109 credits )

Wogan: The Best Of (2015)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Delgo (2008) Sedessa (voice)
Rumor Has It... (2005) Mrs. Robinson (archive footage) (uncredited)
20 to 1 (2005)  Mrs. Robinson (uncredited) (1 episode, 2007)
Broadway: The American Musical (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
In Search of Peace (2001) Golda Meir (voice)
Heartbreakers (2001) Gloria Vogal / Barbara
Up at the Villa (2000) Princess San Ferdinando
Keeping the Faith (2000) Ruth Schram
Exhale with Candice Bergen (2000)  Herself (1 episode, 2001)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999)  Anne Bancroft (1 episode, 2004)
Antz (1998) Queen (voice)
Mark Twain's America in 3D (1998) Narrator (voice)
Great Expectations (1998) Ms. Dinsmoor
Critical Care (1997) Nun
G.I. Jane (1997) Lillian DeHaven
The Living Edens (1997)  Narrator (1 episode, 2000)
The Sunchaser (1996) Dr. Renata Baumbauer
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2000)
Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) Madame Ouspenskaya (Gypsy Woman)
Home for the Holidays (1995) Adele Larson
How to Make an American Quilt (1995) Glady Joe
Mr. Jones (1993) Dr. Catherine Holland
Malice (1993) Mrs. Kennsinger
Point of No Return (1993) Amanda
Love Potion No. 9 (1992) Madame Ruth
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) Bea Singer
Charlie Rose (1991)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2000)
Freddie and Max (1990)  Maxine (Max) Chandler (6 episodes, 1990)
Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989) Meredith Perlestein
The Simpsons (1989)  Dr. Zweig (1 episode, 1994)
Torch Song Trilogy (1988) Ma Beckoff
La palmera (1988)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 1991)
84 Charing Cross Road (1987) Helene Hanff
'night, Mother (1986) Thelma Cates
Agnes of God (1985) Mother Miriam Ruth
American Masters (1985)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Garbo Talks (1984) Estelle Rolfe
To Be or Not to Be (1983) Anna Bronski
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (2 episodes, 2008)
American Playhouse (1981)  Mrs. Cage (1 episode, 1992)
The Elephant Man (1980) Mrs. Kendal
Fatso (1980) Antoinette
Mickey's 50 (1978) Herself
The Turning Point (1977) Emma
America at the Movies (1976) Annie Sullivan / Mrs. Robinson (archive footage)
Silent Movie (1976) Anne Bancroft
Lipstick (1976) Carla Bondi
Lørdagshjørnet (1976)  Herself (1 episode, 1978)
The Hindenburg (1975) The Countess
The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) Edna Edison
Good Morning America (1975)  Herself (2 episodes, 1980-1989)
Urban Living: Funny and Formidable (1975) Herself
Blazing Saddles (1974) Congregation Extra (uncredited)
Dinah! (1974)  Herself (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Young Winston (1972) Lady Jennie Churchill / Lady Randolph Churchill
Clapper Board (1972) (1 episode, 1976)
Great Performances (1971)  Mrs. Fanning (1 episode, 1994)
This Is Tom Jones (1969)  Herself (1 episode, 1970)
The Graduate (1967) Mrs. Robinson
The Kraft Music Hall (1967)  Herself (1 episode, 1969)
7 Women (1966) Dr. D.R. Cartwright
ABC Stage 67 (1966)  Virginia (1 episode, 1967)
The Slender Thread (1965) Inga Dyson
The Pumpkin Eater (1964) Jo Armitage
The Hollywood Palace (1964)  Herself - Audience Member (uncredited) (1 episode, 196
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)  Faye Benet Garret (1 episode, 1964)
The Miracle Worker (1962) Annie Sullivan
The Jack Paar Program (1962)  Herself (2 episodes, 1963)
Password All-Stars (1961)  Herself (1 episode, 1962)
The Girl in Black Stockings (1957) Beth Dixon
The Restless Breed (1957) Angelita
The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957)  Herself (10 episodes, 1959-1960)
The Frank Sinatra Show (1957)  Carol Welles (1 episode, 1958)
The Arlene Francis Show (1957)  Herself (1 episode, 1958)
Nightfall (1956) Marie Gardner
Walk the Proud Land (1956) Tianay
Playhouse 90 (1956)  Isobel Waring / ... (2 episodes, 1957)
Zane Grey Theater (1956)  Isabelle Rutledge (1 episode, 1957)
The Last Frontier (1955) Corinna Marston
A Life in the Balance (1955) María Ibinia
New York Confidential (1955) Katherine (Kathy) Lupo
The Naked Street (1955) Rosalie Regalzyk
The Alcoa Hour (1955)  Alegre / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
The Raid (1954) Katy Bishop
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) Paula
Gorilla at Large (1954) Laverne Miller
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954)  Herself (1 episode, 1978)
Climax! (1954)  Audrey / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Treasure of the Golden Condor (1953) Marie, Comtesse de St. Malo
Tonight We Sing (1953) Emma Hurok
The Kid from Left Field (1953) Marian Foley
Person to Person (1953)  Herself (1 episode, 1960)
Your Favorite Story (1953) (1 episode, 1954)
Don't Bother to Knock (1952) Lyn Lesley
Omnibus (1952) (1 episode, 1953)
The Bob Hope Show (1952)  Herself - Actress (1 episode, 1964)
What's My Line? (1950)  Herself - Mystery Guest (3 episodes, 1962-1964)
Lux Video Theatre (1950)  Ann Sommers / ... (7 episodes, 1950-1957)
Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950)  Anne Marno (1 episode, 1951)
Danger (1950) (2 episodes, 1951)
The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1950) (1 episode, 1951)
The Web (1950) (1 episode, 1951)
Suspense (1949) (1 episode, 1951)
Studio One in Hollywood (1948)  Lisa Berzins / ... (3 episodes, 1950-1951)
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (1948)  Herself (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
The Ford Theatre Hour (1948) (1 episode, 1951)
Kraft Theatre (1947) (1 episode, 1953)
Lights Out (1946)  Helen (1 episode, 1951)

Director ( 1 credit )

Fatso (1980)