Anne Bancroft Overview:

Legendary actress, Anne Bancroft, was born Anna Maria Louise Italiano on Sep 17, 1931 in The Bronx, NY. Bancroft died at the age of 73 on Jun 6, 2005 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY.

MINI BIO:

Black-haired, dark-eyed American actress, adept at portraying great depths of passion, hatred, or tragedy. Also had a goofy sense of comedy which was only exploited in later years. Acting until 1952 as Anne Marno, she made her Hollywood breakthrough via stage success after years in co-features. Won an Oscar for The Miracle Worker and a British Oscar for The Pumpkin Eater. Married to director/comedian Mel Brooks. Additional Academy Award nominations for The Pumpkin Eater, The Graduate, and The Turning Point.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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Anne Bancroft was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actress for The Miracle Worker (as Annie Sullivan) in 1962.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1962Best ActressThe Miracle Worker (1962)Annie SullivanWon
1964Best ActressThe Pumpkin Eater (1964)Jo ArmitageNominated
1967Best ActressThe Graduate (1967)Mrs. RobinsonNominated
1977Best ActressThe Turning PointEmma JacklinNominated
1985Best ActressAgnes of God (1985)Sister Miriam RuthNominated
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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television.

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Anne Bancroft Quotes:

[Mrs. Robinson comes into Elaine's room, naked, and locks the door with Benjamin inside with her]
Benjamin: Oh God. Oh, let me out.
Mrs. Robinson: Don't be nervous.
Benjamin: Get away from that door.
Mrs. Robinson: I want to say something first.
Benjamin: Jesus Christ.
Mrs. Robinson: Benjamin, I want you to know that I'm available to you, and if you won't sleep with me this time...
Benjamin: Oh, my Christ.
Mrs. Robinson: If you won't sleep with me this time I want you to know that you can call me up anytime you want and we'll make some kind of arrangement.
Benjamin: Oh...
Mrs. Robinson: Do you understand what I...
Benjamin: Let me out.
Mrs. Robinson: Benjamin, do you understand what I just said?
Benjamin: Yes! Yes. Let me out!
Mrs. Robinson: I find you very attractive.


James Keller: How old was he, your brother Jimmy?
Annie Sullivan: Helen's age.
James Keller: How did he die?
Annie Sullivan: He had a tubercular hip. We made quite a pair, me blind and him with his crutch.
James Keller: When did he die?
Annie Sullivan: Eleven years ago this May.
James Keller: And you've had no one to dream about since?
Annie Sullivan: No, one's enough.
James Keller: You don't let go of things easily, do you? You'd be quite a handsome girl if it weren't for your eyes. No one's told you?
Annie Sullivan: Everyone. You'd be quite a gentleman if it weren't for your manners.
James Keller: You wouldn't say that if you didn't have your glasses on. How will you win her hand now, in this place?
Annie Sullivan: I don't know. I lost my temper, and here we are. I'm counting on her. That little head is dying to know.


Marie Gardner: Marie says "Look for me at Robinson's". A prophetic reference to her role in "The Graduate".


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Anne Bancroft Facts
Was a leading choice to play Aurora Greenway in Terms of Endearment (1983). The part went to Shirley MacLaine, who won a best actress Oscar for her performance.

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 29-31. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.

Has won two Tony Awards: in 1958, as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "Two For The Seesaw," and in 1960, as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "The Miracle Worker," a role she recreated in her Oscar-winning performance in the film version of the same name, The Miracle Worker (1962). She was also Tony nominated in 1978 as Best Actress (Play) for "Golda," in which she played the title character, Golda Meir.

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