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: 09/16/1931 in Bronx, New York, USA


Actor (84)

Delgo 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Sedessa (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2004 (Tv Show)


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


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)


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


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


Antz 1998 (Movie)

of Queen (Voice)

Great Expectations 1998 (Movie)

Miss Dinsmoor (Actor)

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


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


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)


The Simpsons 1994 (Tv Show)


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)


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)


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)


Garbo Talks 1984 (Movie)

Estelle Rolfe (Actor)

To Be or Not to Be 1983 (Movie)

Anna Bronski (Actor)

Marco Polo 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


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)


Annie and the Hoods 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)


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)


The Graduate 1967 (Movie)

Mrs Robinson (Actor)

The Perry Como Special 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)


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)


The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)


Nightfall 1957 (Movie)

Marie Gardner (Actor)

The Alcoa Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)


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)


Climax! (TV Show)


Deep in My Heart (TV Show)


Haven (TV Show)


Homecoming (TV Show)


Jesus of Nazareth (TV Show)


Marco Polo (TV Show)


Mrs. Cage (TV Show)


Oliver Button Is a Star (TV Show)


The Robe (Movie)


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)

Writer (1)

Fatso 1980 (Movie)



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.


Mel Brooks Actor

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

Mel Brooks

married on August 5, 1964

Maximilian Brooks

born in 1972 father, Mel Brooks

Michael Italiano

Italian immigrant

Mildred Italiano

Italian immigrant

Martin May

Married July 1, 1953 Divorced Feb. 13, 1957


AFI Conservatory


Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute


Christopher Columbus High School

Bronx , New York 1948

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



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


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


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


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


Had cameo as a con artist in "Heartbreakers"


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


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


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


Voiced the Queen in "Antz"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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"


Starred in the British TV series "Max & Freddie"


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


Starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in "84 Charing Cross Road"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Hosted the ABC variety special "Annie and the Hoods"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame (1992).


"She's made out of heavy-duty Bronx material. She can do anything, She could play Queen Victoria in a minute. She's a magnificent actress in every possible respect."---director Arthur Penn quoted in the Los Angeles Times, August 10, 1997.


"I'm grateful for it. It was the greatest school that one could have gone to. You learn to be concentrated and focused."---Bancroft on her work in live television, to the Los Angeles Times, August 10, 1997.


"I retire after every project. Then somehow there's always something that pulls me out of retirement ... "---Bancroft quoted in press material for the USA Network movie "Homecoming"


"I am quite surprised that with all my work, and some of it is very, very good, that nobody talks about 'The Miracle Worker.' We're talking about Mrs. Robinson. I understand the world. ... I'm just a little dismayed that people aren't beyond it yet."---Bancroft complained to a 2003 interviewer,, June 8, 2005.


"Her combination of brains, humor, frankness and sense were unlike any other artist. Her beauty was constantly shifting with her roles, and because she was a consummate actress she changed radically for every part."---Mike Nichols, who directed her in "The Graduate," said in a statement released by a publicist., June 8, 2005.