Anne Bancroft

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
While some actors were lucky enough to find one role for which they would always be remembered, actress Anne Bancroft was both blessed and cursed for her turn as the icily seductive Mrs. Robinson in Mike Nichols' "The ... Read more »
Born: 09/17/1931 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (82)

Delgo 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Sedessa (Actor)

Anamalai: India's Elephant Mountain 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Heartbreakers 2001 (Movie)

Gloria Vogal/ Barbara (Actor)

In Search of Peace - Part One: 1948-1967 2001 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Keeping the Faith 2000 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

Up At the Villa 2000 (Movie)

Princess San Ferdinando (Actor)

Echoes From the Ancients 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Living With Cancer: A Message of Hope 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Antz 1998 (Movie)

of Queen (Voice)

Great Expectations 1998 (Movie)

Miss Dinsmoor (Actor)

Mark Twain's America in 3-D 1998 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Critical Care 1997 (Movie)

Nun (Actor)

G.I. Jane 1997 (Movie)

Lillian Dehaven (Actor)

Sunchaser 1996 (Movie)

Dr Renata Baumbauer (Actor)

Dracula: Dead and Loving It 1995 (Movie)

Gypsy Woman (Actor)

Home for the Holidays 1995 (Movie)

Adele Larson (Actor)

How to Make An American Quilt 1995 (Movie)

Glady Joe (Actor)

The Mother 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Malice 1993 (Movie)

Ms Claire Kennsinger (Actor)

Mr. Jones 1993 (Movie)

Dr Catherine Holland (Actor)

Point of No Return 1993 (Movie)

Amanda (Actor)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 (Movie)

Bea Singer (Actor)

Love Potion #9 1992 (Movie)

(uncredited) Madame Ruth (Actor)

Neil Simon's Broadway Bound 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Bert Rigby, You're a Fool 1989 (Movie)

Meredith Perlestein (Actor)

Torch Song Trilogy 1988 (Movie)

Ma (Actor)

84 Charing Cross Road 1987 (Movie)

Helene Hanff (Actor)

'Night Mother 1986 (Movie)

Thelma Cates (Actor)

Agnes of God 1985 (Movie)

Mother Miriam Ruth (Actor)

That Was the Week That Was 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Garbo Talks 1984 (Movie)

Estelle Rolfe (Actor)

To Be or Not to Be 1983 (Movie)

Anna Bronski (Actor)

Marco Polo 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Fatso 1980 (Movie)

Antoinette (Actor)

The Elephant Man 1980 (Movie)

Mrs Madge Kendal (Actor)

The Turning Point 1977 (Movie)

Emma Jacklin (Actor)

Lipstick 1976 (Movie)

Carla Bondi (Actor)

Silent Movie 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Annie and the Hoods 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hindenburg 1974 (Movie)

The Countess (Actor)

The Prisoner of Second Avenue 1974 (Movie)

Edna (Actor)

Young Winston 1972 (Movie)

Lady Randolph Churchill (Actor)

ABC Stage '67 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

The Graduate 1967 (Movie)

Mrs Robinson (Actor)

The Perry Como Special 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Seven Women 1964 (Movie)

Dr D R Cartwright (Actor)

The Pumpkin Eater 1964 (Movie)

Jo Armitage (Actor)

The Slender Thread 1964 (Movie)

Inga Dyson (Actor)

The Miracle Worker 1961 (Movie)

Anne Sullivan (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Nightfall 1957 (Movie)

Marie Gardner (Actor)

The Alcoa Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Girl in Black Stockings 1957 (Movie)

Beth Dixon (Actor)

The Restless Breed 1957 (Movie)

Angelita (Actor)

New York Confidential 1955 (Movie)

Katherine Lupo (Actor)

The Last Frontier 1955 (Movie)

Corinna (Actor)

The Naked Street 1955 (Movie)

Rosalie Regalzyk (Actor)

A Life in the Balance 1954 (Movie)

Maria Ibina (Actor)

Demetrius and the Gladiators 1954 (Movie)

Paula (Actor)

Gorilla at Large 1954 (Movie)

Laverne Miller (Actor)

The Raid 1954 (Movie)

Katy Bishop (Actor)

Treasure of the Golden Condor 1953 (Movie)

Marie, Comtesse de St. Malo (Actor)

Don't Bother to Knock 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Climax! (TV Show)

Actor

Deep in My Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Haven (TV Show)

Actor

Homecoming (TV Show)

Actor

Jesus of Nazareth (TV Show)

Actor

Marco Polo (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Cage (TV Show)

Actor

Oliver Button Is a Star (TV Show)

Actor

The Robe (Movie)

(Actor)

Tonight We Sing (Movie)

Emma Hurok (Actor)
Music (1)

To Be or Not to Be 1983 (Movie)

("Sweet Georgia Brown") (Song Performer)
Director (1)

Fatso 1980 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

Fatso 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

While some actors were lucky enough to find one role for which they would always be remembered, actress Anne Bancroft was both blessed and cursed for her turn as the icily seductive Mrs. Robinson in Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" (1967). Bancroft's legendary career spanned some six decades and encompassed parts as varied as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in the Broadway production of "Golda" (1977), as well as the sight-impaired teacher of Helen Keller, Annie Sullivan, in "The Miracle Worker" (1962), the latter of which earned her both an Oscar and a Tony award. In fact, Bancroft was that rarest of performers who managed to earn her profession's Triple Crown, winning an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy. Despite her slow start wallowing in several Hollywood B-movies before heading back to New York stages to redefine her career, Bancroft undeniably fashioned an envious array of performances. Unlike many in showbiz, she also managed to find the love of her life in the form of comedy writer and director Mel Brooks, whom she married in 1964 and remained close to up until her death in 2005. Though she allowed her career to take a backseat to being mother to the couple's only child, Bancroft nonetheless turned in multi-nominated performances in "The Turning Point" (1977), "Agnes of God" (1985) and "Neil Simon's Broadway Bound" (ABC, 1992), all of which underscored an exemplary career unlikely to ever be duplicated again.

Relationships

Mel Brooks Actor

Husband
Married Aug. 5, 1964 until her death June 6, 2005 Acted together in "To Be or Not to Be" (1983)

Mel Brooks

Husband
married on August 5, 1964

Maximilian Brooks

Son
born in 1972 father, Mel Brooks

Michael Italiano

Father
Italian immigrant

Mildred Italiano

Mother
Italian immigrant

Martin May

Husband
Married July 1, 1953 Divorced Feb. 13, 1957

EDUCATION

AFI Conservatory

1975

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1975

Christopher Columbus High School

Bronx , New York 1948

1957
studied with Herbert Berghof

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California
Directing Workshop for Women

Actors Studio

New York , New York 1958

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York 1948 - 1950

Milestones

2004

Received a SAG nomination for best actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her work in "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone"

2003

Co-starred with Helen Mirren in the Showitme television feature "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone"; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Television Movie

2002

Returned to the stage acting in the premiere of Edward Albee's "The Occupant", a play produced Off-Broadway that profiled artist Louise Nevelson; only appeared in six performances before contracting pneumonia and withdrawing from the production

2001

Played featured role in the CBS miniseries "Haven"; received Emmy nomination

2001

Had cameo as a con artist in "Heartbreakers"

2000

Co-starred in Edward Norton's directorial debut "Keeping the Faith", playing Ben Stiller's mother

2000

Offered a scene-stealing turn as a wealthy expatriate in 1930s Italy in "Up at the Villa"

1999

Received Emmy Award for the based-on-fact drama "Deep in My Heart" (CBS); played a woman reunited with her daughter, a black child that was the product of rape

1998

Voiced the Queen in "Antz"

1998

Delivered a juicy, highly theatrical turn as Miss Dinsmoor, the Miss Haversham character, in the modern day version of "Great Expectations"

1997

Cast as a US Senator championing the cause of women in the military in "G.I. Jane"

1995

Appeared as another gypsy (named Madame Ouspenskaya) in Mel Brooks' "Dracula: Dead and Loving It"

1994

Earned an Emmy nomination for playing the centenarian title character in "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All" (CBS)

1994

Starred as an elderly widow determined to resume working in the garment industry in the remake of Paddy Chayefsky's "The Mother" (PBS)

1992

Made cameo appearance as a gypsy woman who dispenses "Love Potion No. 9"

1992

Delivered two Emmy-nominated performances: as a woman who has confessed to committing murder in the PBS drama "Mrs. Cage" and as the playwright's mother (who once danced with George Raft) in the ABC adaptation of "Neil Simon's Broadway Bound"

1990

Starred in the British TV series "Max & Freddie"

1988

Played Harvey Fierstein's nagging mother in "Torch Song Trilogy"

1987

Starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in "84 Charing Cross Road"

1986

Played Sissy Spacek's parent in the screen version of Marsha Norman's play "'night Mother"

1985

Received fifth Best Actress Academy Award nomination as the mother superior in "Agnes of God"

1983

Teamed with Brooks as stars of the remake of "To Be or Not to Be", directed by Alan Johnson

1982

Co-starred as the title character's mother in the NBC miniseries "Marco Polo"

1981

Appeared as a musician stricken with a degenerative disease in the Broadway play "Duet for One", loosely inspired by the life of Jacqueline du Pre

1980

Feature film directorial and screenwriting debut, "Fatso"; also co-starred

1980

Essayed role of actress Madge Kendal in "The Elephant Man", produced by Brooks' company and directed by David Lynch

1977

Appeared as Mary Magdalene in the NBC miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth", directed by Franco Zeffirelli

1977

Offered a fine turn as an aging ballerina in "The Turning Point"; garnered fourth Oscar nomination

1977

Portrayed Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in the stage drama "Golda"; received Tony nomination

1976

First screen teaming with husband Mel Brooks, a cameo doing the tango in "Silent Movie"

1974

Hosted the ABC variety special "Annie and the Hoods"

1972

Cast as Jennie Jerome Churchill in the biopic "Young Winston"

1969

Starred in the acclaimed CBS variety special "Annie: the Women in the Life of a Man"; won Emmy

1967

Played Regina Giddings in Broadway revival of "The Little Foxes"

1967

Became a cultural icon playing Mrs. Robinson, who seduces her daughter's boyfriend, in "The Graduate"; earned third Best Actress Oscar nomination

1965

Delivered a strong turn as a would-be suicide in "The Slender Thread"

1963

Had title role in Broadway production of "Mother Courage and Her Children"

1962

Returned to films after a five-year absence, recreating her stage role in "The Miracle Worker", helmed by Penn; received Best Actress Oscar

1959

Became a Broadway star with her award-winning turn as Annie Sullivan in "The Miracle Worker", also directed Penn; received second Tony Award

1958

Returned to New York stage; made Broadway debut in "Two For the Seesaw", directed by Arthur Penn; won first Tony Award

1952

Film acting debut in "Don't Bother to Knock", billed as Anne Bancroft

1950

Appeared as a semi-regular in the TV series, "The Goldbergs", billed as Anne Marno

1950

Made professional debut as Anne Marno on TV in "Studio One" production, "The Torrents of Spring"

1950

Acted in local dramatics; appeared at Neighborhood Playhouse where she was spotted by TV producer and given starring role; acted as Anne Marno; appeared on more than fifty TV shows in two years

Directed unreleased film, "The August"

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame (1992).

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