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Anne Bancroft

Highest Rated:   100% The Miracle Worker (1962)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
59% 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
96% Antz
  • Queen
1998
No Score Yet Mark Twain's America in 3D
  • Narrator
1998
38% Great Expectations
  • Ms. Dinsmoor
1998
59% Critical Care
  • Nun
1997
55% 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
48% Point of No Return (The Assassin)
  • Amanda
1993
27% Love Potion No. 9
  • Madame Ruth
1992
61% 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
71% Torch Song Trilogy
  • Ma
1988
86% 84 Charing Cross Road
  • Helene Hanff
1987
No Score Yet 'Night Mother
  • Thelma Cates
1986
46% Agnes of God
  • Mother Miriam Ruth
1985
20% Garbo Talks
  • Estelle Rolfe
1984
No Score Yet Mel Brooks: An Audience
  • Actor
1984
63% To Be or Not to Be
  • Anna Bronski
1983
90% The Elephant Man
  • Mrs. Kendal
1980
No Score Yet Fatso
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Antoinette
1980
No Score Yet The Bell Jar
  • Actor
1979
60% The Turning Point
  • Emma
1977
No Score Yet Jesus of Nazareth
  • Mary Magdalene
1977
81% Silent Movie
  • Herself
1976
14% Lipstick
  • Carla Bondi
1976
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Second Avenue
  • Edna Edison
1975
40% The Hindenburg
  • Countess
1975
44% Young Winston
  • Lady Randolph Churchill
1972
90% The Graduate
  • Mrs. Robinson
1967
No Score Yet 7 Women
  • Dr. D. R.
1966
No Score Yet The Slender Thread
  • Inga Dyson
1965
64% 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 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Herself
  • 2004
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000
  • Herself
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1994

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