Anne Bancroft

Highest Rated: 100% The Miracle Worker (1962)
Birthday: Sep 17, 1931
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA
A dark-haired, earthy beauty and a versatile actress, Anne Bancroft has actually had two film careers. The first, which took place during the 1950s, was generally undistinguished and featured her in films that usually failed to fully utilize her talents. The second, which began in the early '60s, established her as an actress of great acclaim in films like The Miracle Worker and granted her screen immortality with roles such as that of the iconic Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate. A first generation Italian-American hailing from the Bronx, Bancroft (born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano) was four years old when she began taking acting and dancing lessons. Billing herself as Anne Marno, she began appearing on television in 1950. Two years later she signed a contract with Fox and launched a six-year career in second-string Westerns and crime dramas that began with Don't Bother to Knock in 1952. By 1958, Bancroft had enough of Hollywood and turned her attentions to Broadway, where she spent the next five years. She proved her mettle as a serious dramatic actress by winning a Tony for Two for the Seesaw in 1958. Two years later, she won her second Tony and a New York Drama Critics Award for her portrayal of Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker. Armed with these triumphs, Bancroft returned to Hollywood to appear in the movie version of The Miracle Worker (1962), reprising her role opposite Patty Duke who played Helen Keller. Her performance earned her an Oscar for Best Actress; unable to attend the ceremony because she was performing on Broadway in Mother Courage, she was presented with the award by Joan Crawford a week later on the Broadway stage. Bancroft followed this victory with a string of emotional dramas that included The Pumpkin Eater, which was released in 1964, the same year she married filmmaker/comedian Mel Brooks. Just when it would look like she would be typecast in such dramas, Bancroft showed up in Mike Nichols' seminal comedy The Graduate, playing Mrs. Robinson, the ultimate "older woman," to Dustin Hoffman's confused Benjamin Braddock. Her role in the landmark film won her an Oscar nomination, to say nothing of a permanent dose of notoriety. Although Bancroft seemed destined for a stellar career and she remained one of the more well-respected actresses in Hollywood, a long string of so-so films kept her from reaching major stardom. Still, Bancroft turned in a number of memorable performances in films such as The Turning Point (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), To Be or Not to Be (her 1983 collaboration with husband Brooks), Agnes of God (1985), 84 Charing Cross Road (1986), and Torch Song Trilogy (1988). In 1980, Bancroft made her debut as a director/screenwriter in the darkly comic Dom DeLuise vehicle Fatso. Throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium, Bancroft continued to be visible onscreen, appearing in films like How to Make an American Quilt (1995), Home for the Holidays (1995), and Keeping the Faith (2000). Sadly, she became stricken with uterine cancer and succumbed to the disease in 2005. Her last performance would come postumously with a voice-role in the animated adventure Delgo.


Highest Rated Movies



58% Running From Crazy Actor $32.3K 2013
93% Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg Actor $0.8M 2009
12% Delgo Sedessa $0.6M 2008
No Score Yet Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone The Contessa 2003
53% Heartbreakers Gloria/Barbara 2001
No Score Yet Haven Mama Gruber 2001
No Score Yet In Search of Peace Part One: 1948-1967 Actor 2001
46% Up at the Villa Princess San Ferdinando 2000
69% Keeping the Faith Ruth Schram 2000
No Score Yet Deep in My Heart Older Gerry Cummins 1999
93% Antz Queen 1998
No Score Yet Mark Twain's America in 3D Narrator 1998
37% Great Expectations Ms. Dinsmoor 1998
59% Critical Care Nun 1997
53% G.I. Jane Sen. Lillian DeHaven 1997
17% The Sunchaser Dr. Renata Baumbauer 1996
No Score Yet Homecoming Abigail Tillerman 1996
11% Dracula - Dead and Loving It Gypsy Woman 1995
63% Home for the Holidays Adele Larson 1995
61% How to Make an American Quilt Glady Joe 1995
No Score Yet Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Lucy Marsden (age 99-100) 1994
No Score Yet For the Love of Nancy Actor 1994
46% Mr. Jones Dr. Holland 1993
59% Malice Ms. Kennsinger 1993
50% Point of No Return (The Assassin) Amanda 1993
27% Love Potion No. 9 Madame Ruth 1992
63% Honeymoon in Vegas Bea Singer 1992
No Score Yet Broadway Bound Kate 1992
No Score Yet Mrs. Cage Mrs. Cage 1992
40% Bert Rigby, You're a Fool Meredith Perlestein 1989
74% Torch Song Trilogy Ma 1988
87% 84 Charing Cross Road Helene Hanff 1987
No Score Yet 'Night Mother Thelma Cates 1986
43% Agnes of God Mother Miriam Ruth 1985
14% Garbo Talks Estelle Rolfe 1984
No Score Yet Mel Brooks: An Audience Actor 1984
61% To Be or Not to Be Anna Bronski 1983
91% The Elephant Man Mrs. Kendal 1980
33% Fatso Screenwriter Director Antoinette 1980
No Score Yet The Bell Jar Actor 1979
57% The Turning Point Emma 1977
82% Silent Movie Herself 1976
13% Lipstick Carla Bondi 1976
50% The Prisoner of Second Avenue Edna Edison 1975
40% The Hindenburg Countess 1975
44% Young Winston Lady Randolph Churchill 1972
88% The Graduate Mrs. Robinson 1967
No Score Yet 7 Women Dr. D. R. 1966
80% The Slender Thread Inga Dyson 1965
62% The Pumpkin Eater Jo Armitage 1964
100% The Miracle Worker Annie Sullivan 1962
No Score Yet The Girl in Black Stockings Beth Dixon 1957
100% Nightfall Marie Gardner 1957
No Score Yet Playhouse 90 So Soon to Die Actor 1957
No Score Yet The Restless Breed Angelita 1957
No Score Yet Walk the Proud Land Tianay 1956
No Score Yet The Last Frontier Corinna Marston 1955
No Score Yet The Naked Street (The Brass Ring) Rosalie Regalzyk 1955
No Score Yet A Life in the Balance Maria Ibinia 1955
No Score Yet New York Confidential Kathy Lupo 1955
80% Demetrius and the Gladiators Paula 1954
No Score Yet Gorilla at Large Laverne Miller 1954
No Score Yet The Raid Katy Bishop 1954
33% The Robe Actor 1953
No Score Yet Treasure of the Golden Condor Marie, Comtesse de St. Malo 1953
No Score Yet Tonight We Sing Emma Hurok 1953
No Score Yet The Kid from Left Field Marian Foley 1953
100% Don't Bother to Knock Lyn Lesley 1952


92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • 2004
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
  • 2004
85% The Simpsons
  • 1994
No Score Yet Jesus of Nazareth
Mary Magdalene
  • 1977