Sunday, August 29, 2010
"Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me."
Anna Maria Louisa Italiano was born September 17, 1931 in the Bronx. Anna graduated from Christopher Columbus High School and then attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Actors Studio. In her early television career, Anna adopted the stage name of Anne Marno before being told to take the name Anne Bancroft when she made her film debut. Her film debut was in 1954 in the film Don't Bother to Knock.
Anne's movie career is well known, but many my not know that she won a Tony Award, an Emmy Award, and an Oscar, making her a real triple-threat in the acting world. People also may not know that Anne, her husband Mel Brooks, and their son Max Brooks are all Emmy winners. Truly a talented family!
Speaking of Mel Brooks, he and Anne were married from 1964 until her death in 2005. Mel is well-known as a director of spoof films and comedies like Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and many more. Their son Max is the writer of well-received novels The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.
Something else that I didn't know about Bancroft was that she has an eponymous foundation. Bancroft's quote concerning the foundation is "I believe that in honoring our women leaders, and by supporting a girl's ambition and hope, we are validating ourselves. ABF is founded on a conviction that vision and dedication will inspire us all to reach beyond our wildest goals. And at the end, we will arrive together."
Unfortunately, Anne Bancroft was taken from us all in 2005 from uterine cancer. It was a huge loss not only to the acting community, but to her family, friends, and the world as a whole.
Thanks to IMDB and www.annebancroftfoundation.org.