Anne Bancroft

Anna Maria Louisa Italiano[1] (September 17, 1931 – June 6, 2005), known professionally as Anne Bancroft, was an American actress, director, screenwriter and singer associated with the method acting school, having studied under Lee Strasberg.[2] Respected for her acting prowess and versatility, Bancroft was acknowledged for her work in film, theatre, and television. She won one Academy Award, three BAFTA Awards, two Golden Globes, two Tony Awards, and two Emmy Awards, and several other awards and nominations.[3][4]

After her film debut in Don't Bother to Knock (1952) and a string of supporting film roles during the 1950s, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her lead role in The Miracle Worker (1962) as the teacher of teenage Helen Keller, reprising her role in the Broadway stage play, winning a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. On Broadway in 1965, she played a medieval nun obsessed with a priest (Jason Robards) in John Whiting's play The Devils, based on the Aldous Huxley novel The Devils of Loudun. She was perhaps best known as the seductress, Mrs. Robinson, in The Graduate (1967), a role that she later said had come to overshadow her other work.

Bancroft received several other Oscar nominations and continued in lead roles until the late 1980s; notable film roles during this time include The Turning Point (1977) and Agnes of God (1985). In 1987, she starred with Anthony Hopkins in 84 Charing Cross Road. She appeared in several movies directed or produced by her second husband, comedian Mel Brooks, including the award-winning drama The Elephant Man (1980), as well as comedies To Be or Not to Be (1983) and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995). She received an Emmy Award nomination for 2001's Haven, and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003). She died two years later, in 2005, after battling cancer.

Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft 1952
Publicity photo of Anne Bancroft in Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Anna Maria Louisa Italiano

September 17, 1931
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 6, 2005 (aged 73)
Other namesAnn(e) Marno
OccupationActress, director, screenwriter and singer
Years active1951–2005
Martin May
(m. 1953; div. 1957)

Mel Brooks (m. 1964)
ChildrenMax Brooks

Early life

Bancroft was born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano in the Bronx, New York, the middle of three daughters of Mildred (née DiNapoli; 1908–2010), a telephone operator, and Michael G. Italiano (1905–2001), a dress pattern maker.[5][6]

Bancroft's parents were both children of Italian immigrants. In an interview, she stated her family was originally from Muro Lucano, in the province of Potenza.[7] She was brought up Roman Catholic.[8] She was raised in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx,[9] later moving to 1580 Zerega Ave. and graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in 1948. She later attended HB Studio,[10] the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Actors Studio and the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women at the University of California, Los Angeles. After appearing in a number of live television dramas under the name Anne Marno, she was told to change her surname, as it was "too ethnic for movies"; she chose Bancroft "because it sounded dignified."[11]


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Bancroft with Patty Duke in the stage production of The Miracle Worker, 1960

In 1958, Bancroft made her Broadway debut as lovelorn, Bronx-accented Gittel Mosca opposite Henry Fonda (as the married man Gittel loves) in William Gibson's two-character play Two for the Seesaw, directed by Arthur Penn.[11][12] For Gittel, she won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.[12]

She won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play in 1960, again with playwright Gibson and director Penn, when she played Annie Sullivan, the young woman who teaches the child Helen Keller to communicate in The Miracle Worker.[14] She appeared in the 1962 film version of the play and won the 1962 Academy Award for Best Actress, with Patty Duke repeating her own success as Keller alongside Bancroft.[15] She had returned to Broadway to star in Mother Courage and Her Children, so Joan Crawford accepted Bancroft's Oscar on her behalf, and later presented the award to her in New York.[16]

Bancroft is one of ten actors to have won both an Academy Award and a Tony Award for the same role.[17]

Bancroft co-starred as a medieval nun obsessed with a priest (Jason Robards) in the 1965 Broadway production of John Whiting's play The Devils. Produced by Alexander H. Cohen and directed by Michael Cacoyannis, it ran for 63 performances.[18]

Bancroft received a second Academy Award nomination in 1965 for her performance in the 1964 film The Pumpkin Eater.[19]

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Bancroft in the television show Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, 1964

Bancroft was widely known during this period for her role as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967), for which she received a third Academy Award nomination.[20] In the film, she played an unhappily married woman who seduces the son of her husband's business partner, the much younger recent college graduate played by Dustin Hoffman.[19] In the movie, Hoffman's character later dates and falls in love with her daughter.[20] Bancroft was ambivalent about her appearance in The Graduate; she said in several interviews that the role overshadowed her other work. Despite her character becoming an archetype of the "older woman" role, Bancroft was only six years older than Hoffman.

A CBS television special, Annie: the Women in the Life of a Man (1970), won Bancroft an Emmy Award for her singing and acting.[21]

Bancroft is one of very few entertainers to win an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony award.

She followed that success with a second television special, Annie and The Hoods (1974), which was telecast on ABC and featured her husband Mel Brooks as a guest star.[22] She made an uncredited cameo in the film Blazing Saddles (1974), directed by Brooks. She received a fourth Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in 1977 for her performance in The Turning Point (1977) opposite Shirley MacLaine,[23] and a fifth nomination for Best Actress in 1985 for her performance in Agnes of God (1985) opposite Jane Fonda.[24]

Bancroft made her debut as a screenwriter and director in Fatso (1980), in which she starred with Dom DeLuise.[25]

Bancroft was the original choice to play Joan Crawford in the film Mommie Dearest (1981), but backed out, and was replaced by Faye Dunaway.[26][27] She was also a front-runner for the role of Aurora Greenway in Terms of Endearment (1983), but declined so she could act in the remake of To Be or Not to Be (1983), with her husband Mel Brooks.[28] In 1988 she played Harvey Feirstein's mother in the film version of his play Torch Song Trilogy.

In the 1990s and the first half of the 2000s, Bancroft took supporting roles in a number of films in which she co-starred with major film stars—including Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) with Nicolas Cage, Love Potion No. 9 (1992) with Sandra Bullock, Malice (1993) with Nicole Kidman, Point of No Return (1993) with Bridget Fonda, Home for the Holidays (1995) with Robert Downey Jr. and directed by Jodie Foster, How to Make an American Quilt (1995) with Winona Ryder, G.I. Jane (1997) with Demi Moore, Great Expectations (1998) with Gwyneth Paltrow, Keeping the Faith (2000) with Ben Stiller, and Heartbreakers (2001) with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sigourney Weaver and Gene Hackman. She also lent her voice to the animated film Antz (1998), which also featured performances from Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone, and Woody Allen.[29][30]

Bancroft also starred in several television movies and miniseries, receiving six Emmy Award nominations (winning once for herself and shared for Annie, The Women in the Life of a Man),[31][32] eight Golden Globe nominations (winning twice),[33] and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Her final appearance was as herself in a 2004 episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.[34]

Her last project was the animated feature film Delgo, released posthumously in 2008.[35] The film was dedicated to her.

She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6368 Hollywood Boulevard, for her work in television.[36] At the time of her star's installation (1960),[37] she had recently appeared in several TV series. Bancroft is also a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1992.[38]

Marriage and family

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Bancroft with husband Mel Brooks at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival

Bancroft's first husband was lawyer Martin May; they married in 1953, separated in 1955, and divorced in 1957.[1][39]

In 1961, Bancroft met Mel Brooks at a rehearsal for the Perry Como variety show (Kraft Music Hall). Bancroft and Brooks married on August 5, 1964, at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau near New York City Hall, and remained married until her death. Their son, Maximillian "Max" Brooks, was born on May 22, 1972.[40][41]

Bancroft and Mel Brooks worked together three times on the screen: once dancing a tango in Brooks's Silent Movie (1976); in his remake of To Be or Not to Be (1983);[11] and in the episode entitled "Opening Night" (2004) of the HBO show, Curb Your Enthusiasm.[34] They were also in Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995),[11] but never appeared together. Brooks produced the film The Elephant Man (1980), in which Bancroft acted. He also was executive-producer for the film 84 Charing Cross Road (1987) in which she starred. Both Brooks and Bancroft appeared in season six of The Simpsons. According to the DVD commentary, when Bancroft came to record her lines for the episode "Fear of Flying", the Simpsons writers asked if Brooks had come with her (which he had); she joked, "I can't get rid of him!"

In a 2010 interview, Brooks credited Bancroft as being the guiding force behind his involvement in developing The Producers and Young Frankenstein for the musical theatre. In the same interview, he said of their first meeting in 1961, "From that day, until her death on June 5, 2005, we were glued together."[42]

In April 2005, two months before her death, Bancroft became a grandmother when her daughter-in-law Michelle gave birth to a boy, Henry Michael Brooks.[43]


Anne Bancroft died of uterine cancer at age 73 on June 6, 2005, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.[44] Her death surprised many, including some of her friends, as the intensely private Bancroft had not released details of her illness.[45] Her body was interred at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York, near her parents, Mildred (who died in April 2010, five years after Anne) and Michael Italiano. A white marble monument with a weeping angel adorns the grave.[46] Her last film, Delgo, was dedicated to her memory.




Year Title Role/Notes
1958 Two for the Seesaw Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
1959 The Miracle Worker Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
1963 Mother Courage and Her Children
1965 The Devils
1967 The Little Foxes
1968 A Cry of Players
1977 Golda Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
1981 Duet for One
2002 Occupant[48] Off-Broadway



Year Title Role Notes
1952 Don't Bother to Knock Lyn Lesley
1953 Tonight We Sing Emma Hurok
1953 Treasure of the Golden Condor Marie, Comtesse de St. Malo
1953 The Kid from Left Field Marian Foley
1954 Gorilla at Large Laverne Miller
1954 Demetrius and the Gladiators Paula
1954[51] The Raid Katy Bishop
1955 New York Confidential Katherine (Kathy) Lupo
1955 A Life in the Balance María Ibinia
1955 The Naked Street Rosalie Regalzyk
1955 The Last Frontier Corinna Marston
1956 Walk the Proud Land Tianay
1957 Nightfall Marie Gardner
1957 The Restless Breed Angelita
1957 The Girl in Black Stockings Beth Dixon
1962 The Miracle Worker Anne Sullivan Academy Award for Best Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Laurel Award for Top Female Dramatic Performance
1964 The Pumpkin Eater Jo Armitage BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Laurel Award for Top Female Dramatic Performance
1965 The Slender Thread Inga Dyson
1966 7 Women Dr. D.R. Cartwright
1967 The Graduate Mrs. Robinson Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Laurel Award for Top Female Dramatic Performance
1972 Young Winston Lady Randolph Churchill Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1974 Blazing Saddles Extra in Church Congregation Uncredited
1975 The Prisoner of Second Avenue Edna Edison Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1975 The Hindenburg Countess Ursula von Reugen
1975 Urban Living: Funny and Formidable Herself short
1976 Lipstick Carla Bondi
1976 Silent Movie Herself
1977 The Turning Point Emma Jacklin National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1980 Fatso Antoinette Also director and writer
Nominated—Taormina International Film Festival Golden Charybdis Award
1980 The Elephant Man Madge Kendal
1983 To Be or Not to Be Anna Bronski Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1984 Garbo Talks Estelle Rolfe Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1985 Agnes of God Mother Miriam Ruth Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1986 'night, Mother Thelma Cates Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1987 84 Charing Cross Road Helene Hanff BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1988 Torch Song Trilogy Ma Beckoff
1989 Bert Rigby, You're a Fool Meredith Perlestein Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
1992 Honeymoon in Vegas Bea Singer
1992 Love Potion No. 9 Madame Ruth
1993 Point of No Return Amanda
1993 Malice Mrs. Kennsinger
1993 Mr. Jones Dr. Catherine Holland
1995 How to Make an American Quilt Glady Joe Cleary Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1995 Home for the Holidays Adele Larson
1995 Dracula: Dead and Loving It Madame Ouspenskaya (Gypsy Woman)
1996 The Sunchaser Dr. Renata Baumbauer
1997 G.I. Jane Sen. Lillian DeHaven
1997 Critical Care Nun
1998 Great Expectations Mrs. Dinsmoor
1998 Mark Twain's America in 3D Narrator documentary
1998 Antz Queen Ant Voice
2000 Up at the Villa Princess San Ferdinando
2000 Keeping the Faith Ruth Schram
2001 Heartbreakers Gloria Vogal / Barbara
2001 In Search of Peace Golda Meir Voice, documentary
2008 Delgo Empress Sedessa Voice, (final film role)


1952 The Goldbergs Role Notes
1951 Suspense TV series, one episode: "Night Break", as Anne Marno.
1951 The Ford Theatre Hour TV series, three episodes, as Anna Marno.
1950–51 Studio One in Hollywood Maria Cassini TV series, three episodes, as Anne Marno.
1951 The Adventures of Ellery Queen TV series, one episode: "The Chinese Mummer Mystery", as Anne Marno.
1951 Danger TV series, two episodes: "The Killer Scarf" and "Murderer's Face", as Anne Marno.
1951 The Web TV series, one episode: "The Customs of the Country" as Ann Marno.
1951 Lights Out Helen TV series, one episode: "The Deal", as Anne Marno.
1953 Omnibus TV series, one episode: "The Capital of the World"
1953 Kraft Television Theatre TV series, one episode: "To Live in Peace"
1954–1957 Lux Video Theatre Lolita/Sally/Kendal Browning/Ann Sommers/Herself TV series, five episodes
1956–57 Climax! Audrey/Elena TV series, two episodes: "Fear Is the Hunter" (Audrey) and "The Mad Bomber" (Elena)
1957 Playhouse 90 Isobel Waring/Julie Bickford TV series, two episodes: "So Soon to Die" (Isobel Waring) and "Invitation to a Gunfighter" (Julie Bickford)
1957 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre Isabelle Rutledge TV series, one episode: "Episode in Darkness" (Isabelle Rutledge) w/Dewey Martin & John Anderson
1957 The Alcoa Hour Alegre/Giselle TV series, two episodes: "Key Largo" (Alegre) and "Hostages to Fortune" (Giselle)
1958 The Frank Sinatra Show Carol Welles TV series, one episode: "A Time to Cry"
1960 Person to Person Herself TV series documentary, Episode 7.35
1960 Gala Adlai on Broadway Herself: Performer TV movie
1962 Password All-Stars Herself TV series, one episode: "Anne Bancroft vs. Robert Goulet"
1962–64 What's My Line? Herself: Mystery Guest TV series, three episodes
1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Faye Benet Garret TV series, one episode: "Out on the Outskirts of Town"
1967 ABC Stage 67 Virginia TV series, one episode: "I'm Getting Married"
1969 The Kraft Music Hall Herself TV series, Episode 2.23
1970 Arthur Penn, 1922-: Themes and Variants TV documentary
1970 This Is Tom Jones Herself TV series documentary, Episode 3.1
1970 Annie: The Women in the Life of a Man Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety or Musical Program – Variety and Popular Music
1974 Annie and the Hoods Herself: Hostess TV movie
1977 Jesus of Nazareth Mary Magdalene TV miniseries; Parts 1 and 2
1978 The Stars Salute Israel at 30 Herself TV movie
1978 Lørdagshjørnet Herself TV series, one episode: "Mel Brooks", also archive footage[52]
1978 The Wonderful World of Disney Herself TV series, one episode: "Mickey's 50"
1979 The Muppets Go Hollywood Herself TV special, uncredited
1980 Shogun Narrator of US home video version (voice) TV miniseries
1982 Marco Polo Marco's mother TV miniseries
1982 Bob Hope's Women I Love: Beautiful But Funny Herself TV special
1983 An Audience with Mel Brooks Herself TV special
1990 Freddie and Max Maxine (Max) Chandler TV series, six episodes
1992 Broadway Bound Kate Jerome TV movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1992 Mrs. Cage Lillian Cage Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1994 Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Lucy Marsden (age 99–100) TV movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1994 Great Performances Mrs. Fanning TV series, one episode: "Paddy Chayefsky's 'The Mother'"
1994 The Simpsons Dr. Zweig Voice role, one episode: "Fear of Flying"
1996 Homecoming Abigail Tillerman TV movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1998 The Secret World of 'Antz' Herself TV documentary
1998 Living with Cancer: A Message of Hope Narrator TV documentary
1999 Deep in My Heart Geraldine 'Gerry' Eileen Cummins TV movie
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1999 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Dustin Hoffman Herself TV special documentary
2000 The Rosie O'Donnell Show Herself TV talk show
2000 The Living Edens Narrator TV series documentary, one episode: "Anamalai: India's Elephant Mountain"
2001 Exhale with Candice Bergen Herself TV series, one episode
2001 Haven[53] Mama Gruber TV movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
2003 The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Contessa TV movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself TV series, one episode: "Opening Night"


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'night, Mother (film)

'night, Mother is a 1986 American drama film starring Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft. It was directed by Tom Moore and written by Marsha Norman based on her Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. The film was entered into the 37th Berlin International Film Festival. Tom Moore had also directed the play on Broadway.

BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role

Best Actress in a Leading Role is a British Academy Film Award presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding leading performance in a film.

From 1952 to 1967, there were two Best Actress awards presented, Best British Actress and Best Foreign Actress.

From 1968 onwards, the two awards merged into one award, which from 1968 to 1984 was known as Best Actress.

From 1985 to present, the award has been known by its current name of Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Critical Care (film)

Critical Care is a 1997 film directed by Sidney Lumet. The film is a satire about American medicine. The screenplay by Steven Schwartz is based on the novel by Richard Dooling and stars James Spader, Kyra Sedgwick, Anne Bancroft, Helen Mirren, Jeffrey Wright, and Albert Brooks. Rick Baker provided special makeup effects. The film is about a doctor who finds himself involved in a fight with two half sisters over the care of their ailing father.

Danger (TV series)

Danger is a television series which first aired on September 19, 1950, and ended in May 1955. The first episode, entitled "The Black Door", was directed by Yul Brynner, based on a story by Henry Norton and a teleplay by Irving Elman, and starring Dane Clark and Olive Deering.

The show featured many actors including Leslie Nielsen, E.G. Marshall, Joseph Anthony, Edward Binns, John Cassavetes, Míriam Colón, Ben Gazzara, Grace Kelly, Richard Kiley, Walter Slezak, Hildy Parks, James Gregory, Paul Langton, Cloris Leachman, Jayne Meadows, Martin Ritt, Maria Riva, Lee Grant, Kim Stanley, Rod Steiger, Steve Allen, Anne Bancroft, Jacqueline Susann, Walter Matthau, and Leo Penn.

The final episode, on May 31, 1955, was an adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier story "The Birds" with Michael Strong and Betty Lou Holland.


Delgo is a 2008 American computer-animated adventure romantic comedy fantasy film directed by Marc F. Adler and Jason Maurer, written by Scott Biear, Patrick J. Cowan, Carl Dream and Jennifer A. Jones. It stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, Chris Kattan, Louis Gossett Jr., Val Kilmer and Malcolm McDowell with narration by Sally Kellerman. It was distributed by Freestyle Releasing with music by Geoff Zanelli and produced by Electric Eye Entertainment Corporation and Fathom Studios, a division of Macquarium Intelligent Communications, which began development of the project in 1999.

Despite winning the Best Feature award at Anima Mundi, the film received largely negative reviews and its box office was one of the lowest-grossing wide releases in recent history. Delgo grossed under $1 million in theaters against an estimated budget of $40 million. The film was released independently with a large screen count (over 2,000 screens) and a small marketing budget. 20th Century Fox acquired the film rights for international and DVD distribution It became a box office bomb, losing an estimated $46 million.Delgo was the final film for actors Anne Bancroft and John Vernon. The film is dedicated to Bancroft.

Fear of Flying (The Simpsons)

"Fear of Flying" is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons' sixth season. It was first broadcast on the Fox network in the United States on December 18, 1994. In the episode, the family attempts to go on a vacation but soon discover that Marge is afraid of flying.

The episode was directed by Mark Kirkland, and written by David Sacks. It features numerous guest stars, including Anne Bancroft as Dr. Zweig. Additionally, Ted Danson, Woody Harrelson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, and George Wendt appear as their characters from Cheers. It received a positive reception from television critics, and acquired a Nielsen rating of 9.6. The authors of the book I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide commented positively on the episode, as did reviews from DVD Verdict and DVD Movie Guide.

Garbo Talks

Garbo Talks is a 1984 American comedy-drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Anne Bancroft, Ron Silver, and Carrie Fisher, with a cameo appearance by Betty Comden as Greta Garbo.

The movie was written by Larry Grusin, and also stars Catherine Hicks and Steven Hill. It also featured the final screen appearances of veteran actors Howard Da Silva and Hermione Gingold. Bancroft was nominated for a Golden Globe.

The title is a reference of the first film in which Garbo is heard on screen. Her husky voice and purposefully exaggerated Swedish accent debuted in Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie (1930), which was publicized with the slogan "Garbo Talks".

The film received negative reviews from critics and failed at the box office.

Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky, June 28, 1926) is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, and composer. He is known as a creator of broad film farces and comedic parodies. Brooks began his career as a comic and a writer for the early TV variety show Your Show of Shows. He created, with Buck Henry, the hit television comedy series Get Smart, which ran from 1965 to 1970.

In middle age, Brooks became one of the most successful film directors of the 1970s, with many of his films being among the top 10 moneymakers of the year they were released. His best-known films include The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. A musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers, ran on Broadway, from 2001 to 2007.

In 2001, having previously won an Emmy, a Grammy and an Oscar, he joined a small list of EGOT winners with his Tony Award for The Producers. He received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009, a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2010, the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2013, a British Film Institute Fellowship in March 2015, a National Medal of Arts in September 2016, and a BAFTA Fellowship in February 2017. Three of his films ranked in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 comedy films of the past 100 years (1900–2000), all of which ranked in the top 15 of the list: Blazing Saddles at number 6, The Producers at number 11, and Young Frankenstein at number 13.Brooks was married to Oscar, Emmy, and Tony-winning actress, Anne Bancroft, from 1964 until her death in 2005. Their son Max Brooks is an actor and author, known for his 2006 novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.

Mr. Jones (1993 film)

Mr. Jones is a 1993 American romantic drama film starring Richard Gere, Lena Olin, Anne Bancroft, Tom Irwin and Delroy Lindo, and directed by Mike Figgis.

New York Confidential (film)

New York Confidential is a 1955 film noir crime film directed by Russell Rouse starring Broderick Crawford, Richard Conte, Marilyn Maxwell, Anne Bancroft and J. Carrol Naish.

The Miracle Worker

The Miracle Worker is a cycle of 20th-century dramatic works derived from Helen Keller's

autobiography The Story of My Life. Each of the various dramas describes the relationship between Helen, a deafblind and initially almost feral child, and Anne Sullivan, the teacher who introduced her to education, activism, and international stardom. Its first realization was a 1957 Playhouse 90 broadcast written by William Gibson and starring Teresa Wright as Sullivan and Patricia McCormack as Keller. Gibson adapted his teleplay for a 1959 Broadway production with Anne Bancroft as Sullivan and Patty Duke as Keller. The first movie, also starring Bancroft and Duke, was released in 1962. Subsequent made-for-television movies were released in 1979 and 2000.

The Miracle Worker (1962 film)

The Miracle Worker is a 1962 American biographical film about Anne Sullivan, blind tutor to Helen Keller, directed by Arthur Penn. The screenplay by William Gibson is based on his 1959 play of the same title, which originated as a 1957 broadcast of the television anthology series Playhouse 90. Gibson's original source material was The Story of My Life, the 1902 autobiography of Helen Keller.

The film went on to be an instant critical success and a moderate commercial success. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Director for Arthur Penn, and won two awards, Best Actress for Anne Bancroft and Best Supporting Actress for Patty Duke. The Miracle Worker also holds a perfect 100% score from the movie critics site Rotten Tomatoes.

The Miracle Worker (play)

The Miracle Worker was a three-act play by William Gibson adapted from his 1957 Playhouse 90 teleplay of the same name. It was based on Helen Keller's autobiography The Story of My Life.

The Naked Street

The Naked Street is a 1955 American crime film noir directed by Maxwell Shane. The drama features Farley Granger, Anthony Quinn and Anne Bancroft.

The Pumpkin Eater

The Pumpkin Eater is a 1964 British drama film starring Anne Bancroft as an unusually fertile woman and Peter Finch as her philandering husband.

The film was adapted by Harold Pinter from the 1962 novel of the same name by Penelope Mortimer, and was directed by Jack Clayton. The title is a reference to the nursery rhyme "Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater".

The Restless Breed

The Restless Breed is a 1957 western film, directed by Allan Dwan and starring Scott Brady and Anne Bancroft.

The Turning Point (1977 film)

The Turning Point is a 1977 American drama film centered on the world of ballet in New York City, written by Arthur Laurents and directed by Herbert Ross. The film stars Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft, along with Leslie Browne, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Tom Skerritt. The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The script is a fictionalized version of the real-life Brown family and the friendship between ballerinas Isabel Mirrow Brown (whose daughter, Leslie Browne, stars in the film) and Nora Kaye.

To Be or Not to Be (1983 film)

To Be or Not to Be is a 1983 American war comedy film directed by Alan Johnson, produced by Mel Brooks, and starring Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Tim Matheson, Charles Durning, Christopher Lloyd, and José Ferrer. The screenplay was written by Ronny Graham and Thomas Meehan, based on the original story by Melchior Lengyel, Ernst Lubitsch and Edwin Justus Mayer. The film is a remake of the 1942 film of the same name.

Walk the Proud Land

Walk the Proud Land is a 1956 CinemaScope Technicolor Western film directed by Jesse Hibbs and starring Audie Murphy and future Academy Award winner Anne Bancroft. It was filmed at Old Tucson.

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