Anne Bancroft
American actress
Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft was an American actress associated with the method acting school, which she had studied under Lee Strasberg. Respected for her acting prowess and versatility, Bancroft was often 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.
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This Is What It Sounds Like When Women Talk About Movies
Huffington Post - 5 months
My senior year in film school, I had the privileged of working with director, writer, and producer Jocelyn Moorhouse through a mentorship program. Every week I brought in pages of my screenplays, and every week she patiently read them and gave me encouraging notes to help me through the rewriting process. When I think back on the experience now, a part of me feels sick to my stomach imagining what Jocelyn could have thought of me in some of those moments. I was 21 and stupid. I naively thought that once I exited the halls of higher education, Hollywood would open its doors to me, so enthusiastically wanting to produce every story I could ever dream up starring a bunch of women being women. Ha. Jocelyn, on the other hand, was a working Hollywood director. And a mother to four children, two of whom are autistic. And a wife to another filmmaker, meaning she had another impossibly busy schedule to manage along with her own. She was in the trenches, I was only dreaming about them, and my ...
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Catherine Zeta-Jones Calls Out Hollywood's Other Diversity Issue
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Diversity has been a hot topic in Hollywood as of late, with some stars boycotting the upcoming Academy Awards in a call for more stories about people of color. But race isn't the only issue Tinseltown is being called out on. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones says that the industry also needs to stop nudging out older women. "It's not that there aren't great stories to be told about women in their 40s, it’s just that the big bosses in Hollywood feel that the demographic of moviegoers are less interested," Zeta-Jones said in a recent webchat.  The 46-year-old is no stranger to the industry, having been an actress for most of her life. Often, she heard that there weren't many roles for older women, but didn't realize how true that really was until she entered her 40s.  She says she was inspired to become an actress by the riveting performances of older actresses. "I was brought up watching great performances by women in their 40s, in the '70s: Anne Bancroft, films like Alice Doesn't ...
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Ann Randolph: Life Lessons Onstage
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Does she know something we all should know? It's not your dream career trajectory: Living (and working) in a locked facility for chronically mentally ill to get through college. Sliming fish on an Alaskan production line. Braving Arctic winds and a dozen macho racist shipmates for a year on a fishing skiff. Broke, in New York, solving the problem with an ad that reads: Alaskan Bush Woman seeks room and board in exchange for tutoring in the arts and/or companionship. . . It worked for Ann Randolph. But she would be the first to say it wasn't exactly a piece of cake. Actress/comedienne Randolph is currently on stage at San Francisco's Marsh Theater with her solo show "Inappropriate In All the Right Ways." It's part autobiography (she was told early on, "Ann, that's inappropriate") part stand-up hilarity, part therapy and 100% fun. Randolph is best known recently for her solo show Loveland ("Riotously demented and brilliantly humane,") but she's been making headlines for a ...
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Oprah Winfrey In Talks To Make Broadway Debut In 'Night, Mother'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
For all of you who preface every major life decision with the question "WWOD?" -- What Would Oprah Do?-- we bear good news. The almighty talk show deity slash Oscar-nominated actress is, according to The New York Times, in talks to star in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Night, Mother" opposite Audra McDonald. This would be Winfrey's first time gracing the Broadway stage. Directed by Tony winner George C. Wolfe, "Night, Mother" is expected to hit the stage in the 2015-2016 season. Winfrey would play the starring role of a mother desperate to prevent her daughter from committing suicide. Although Winfrey hasn't yet performed on Broadway, she's proved her acting chops in films including 2013's "The Butler" and 1985's "The Color Purple," the latter earning her an Oscar nomination. "Oprah has had a longstanding desire to act on Broadway," the lead producer of the project, Scott Sanders, told The New York Times. "She understands how unique and challenging performing live on stage ...
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'Exorcist' Director's Memories
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir" (Harper), by William Friedkin A self-made, scrappy professional reaches the top only to be brought down by conflicting desires and his own hubris. Amid the wreckage, he reconsiders what's important to him and begins anew, success attainable once again but not at all certain. That sounds like the outline of a movie directed by William Friedkin, the Oscar winner behind "The French Connection" (1971), "The Exorcist" (1973) and more than a dozen other films plus plays and even operas. It's also the theme of a page-turning memoir in which Friedkin revisits his victories and defeats while taking the blame for dropping the brass ring. If measured by ticket sales alone, Friedkin's filmmaking career peaked in the early 1970s. His first nondocumentary, the Sonny and Cher oddity "Good Times," was released in 1967. His most recent movie was 2011's love-it-or-hate-it shocker "Killer Joe." That's four years to reach the heights and nearly ...
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Kim Morgan: Three Favorite Oscar Moments
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Academy Awards -- one of cinema's most supreme accolades (or so they tell us). So prestigious that, as many filmmakers and actors claim, it's an "honor" just to be nominated. A gift from your peers, a historic milestone, a career changer, an... oh... where's Sacheen Littlefeather? I like Oscars that go a little crazy. And not in those golly-gee speeches where someone -- say, Anne Hathaway (the inevitable winner Sunday) -- reacts with such feigned shock that she giddily exhibits an actorly, cute-as-a-button manic depressive episode, stuttering out names that reveal how kooky, sweet, humbled and... enough, Ms. Hathaway. You're an actress so I do respect you for using your craft on the podium. I expect it. And I like you, Anne (I really like you!), I do. Actually, come to think of it, I hope you pull a Greer Garson five and a half-minute gusher. That would be entertaining. But that won't happen, so... bring me Joan Crawford! Bring me Joan Crawford in bed, accpeting her gol ...
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Kim Morgan: For Valentine's Day: Celebrate With Six Disastrous Dates
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Valentine's Day. If you at all care about the day (though many of us pretend not to) it can be a sweet time to remind your partner how much you love them. That's very nice. It can also, well, sicken. Yes, yes, people can be wonderful on that day but they can also exhibit an icky display of public affection (those horrifying balloon bouquets, those stilted dinner dates riddled with awkward pauses) and reveal passive agressive manipulations, aggressive aggressive manipulations and gift giving gluttony. It's also a day when many realize their partners don't give a toss about them or, vice-versa. Let's face it: It is, with some exception, awful. That is, if you care. My advice. Don't. I think, lonely people, that sometimes it's better to be alone on the 14th of February. And I say this with a significant other whom I plan on giving the day off to save both our sanity. Stay in, order take-out and be grateful an overly taxing significant other isn't bullying you into dinner pl ...
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'Mel Brooks Strikes Back' review: Skits and shtick
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
'Mel Brooks Strikes Back' review: Skits and shtick Despite having a mug that wouldn't necessarily stop a clock but could sure slow it down some, he was married to the beautiful and classy Anne Bancroft from 1964 until her death in 2005. Brooks sits down for an interview with Alan Yentob, the creative director of the BBC, in a one-hour show for HBO called "Mel Brooks Strikes Back," produced by Brooks himself. The TV clips, as well as one from the film "High Anxiety," featuring Brooks singing the title song, and another clip from "The Producers," take up quite a bit of time for an hour-long show, leaving room for only a snippet from "Blazing Saddles" and nothing from "Young Frankenstein." When Yentob observes, with uncanny insight, that Reiner was the straight man when he and Brooks did "The 2000 Year Old Man," Brooks jokes that Reiner was the straight man because he was "terrible." David Wiegand is The San Francisco Chronicle's executive features editor and TV ...
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Charlie Carillo: Unit Three, We Hardly Knew Ye
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I was a reporter on tryout at the New York Post, greener than grass, being sent out on a breaking news story -- a shooting? A subway fire? Hard to remember exactly what it was, but the photographer they sent me with was unforgettable. A heavyset guy with hangdog cheeks and a small moustache, his hair thin on top and swept back on the sides. We had an address, a deadline and a threat from the bosses to get back with the goods in time for the afternoon edition. I got into the passenger side of his car and we were off, roaring uptown. I introduced myself to him in typical New York Post fashion -- a handshake without eye contact, as he was busy watching the road to avoid killing pushcart peddlers on the streets of Chinatown. "You're the new guy," he growled. "Uh-huh." I was nervous, and he knew it. "I've been with the Post over 30 years," he offered. "Wow." "Yeah." He gave me a sly look. "They tell me I have a bright future," he deadpanned. He smil ...
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Parallel Lives: The Shocking Tragedy Shared By Jane Fonda And Her Biographer
Huffington Post - over 4 years
SPECIAL FROM By Patricia Bosworth I spent 10 years writing "The Public Life of A Public Woman" and I’m often asked, “What is Jane really like?” Simply put, she is driven, manic, imperious, moody and a workaholic second to none. She is also a risk-taking, rule-breaking woman -- funny, generous and exceedingly vulnerable. In short, she has all the characteristics of a suicide survivor, which makes sense since Jane’s mother, Frances Fonda, killed herself when Jane was only 12. And believe me, I know about suicide survivors; my brother shot himself in the head when he was only 18 and I was only 20. Six years later my father, Bartley Crum, a San Francisco lawyer who was blacklisted after defending the Hollywood Ten, took an overdose of sleeping pills. I met Jane not long after his death and immediately began seeing her in myself. I too was compulsive, ambitious and detached. Like her I never stopped working, driven by guilt and shame, always hoping to forget my private tra ...
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Kim Morgan: Nonconformist Norma Jeane Nell: We Miss You Marilyn Monroe
Huffington Post - over 4 years
On the 50th anniversary (and what a sad anniversary) of Marilyn Monroe's death August 5, 1962, I'm revisiting one of her most interesting performances --  "Don't Bother to Knock" --  a movie that not only boasts Monroe's early skills as an actress, but foreshadows the sadness that had preceded her life and would follow the star to her last gasp. And yet, she was always, always so wonderful.  Oh, Marilyn. I know, I know, we all love Marilyn Monroe (or we're supposed to) but I'm not going to stray from Norma Jeane simply because she's so popular. The tragic princess to every aspiring starlet or little girl or grown woman is our coffee mugged goddess, so ubiquitous that, I think, we sometimes take her for granted (I have written more specifically about her here). Especially in her early and later roles (my two favorite periods for Marilyn). From the fresh faced, sublimely natural starlet sporting jeans in Fritz Lang's Clash By Night, to the methody, lonely lady of John Hu ...
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Let's go ahead and cast the What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? remake
Boing Boing - over 4 years
Fantastic news coming out of Comic Con: They are remaking What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?! It's such fun news that there is no way to properly punctuate the end of the sentence! Walter Hill, who just finished directing Sylvester Stallone in the cop drama Bullet to the Head, will direct and write the screenplay, because a movie about an abusive, deranged former child star torturing her crippled sister while both wither away in obscurity is clearly the next logical step in his career. Now that the news is out of the way, let's cast this thing! (And maybe look at more pictures of Bette Davis looking out of her blessèd mind!) First, let's take a look back at the 1962 original that starred Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, two women who hated each other with the heat of one thousand suns, perhaps more. Crawford, who played the victimized sister Blanche Hudson, actually put rocks in her costume when Davis -- the titular "Baby" Jane Hudson -- was called upon to drag her body around thei ...
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Mel Brooks And David Lynch Receive Honorary Degrees From The American Film Institute - Press Releases
Business Review Australia - over 4 years
BROOKS EXCHANGES QUIPS WITH CARL REINER LYNCH FORGOES PODIUM SPEECH AND RESPONDS TO QUESTIONS FROM GRADUATES 2012 COMMENCEMENT OF #1 FILM SCHOOL IN THE WORLD HELD AT HISTORIC GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATRE LOS ANGELES, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Film Institute (AFI) today conferred Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa upon American comedy icon Mel Brooks and celebrated surrealist David Lynch for "contribution of distinction to the art of the moving image" during AFI Conservatory 2012 commencement of 122 graduates at Hollywood's landmark Grauman's Chinese Theatre.  Both artists worked together on the Academy Award winning THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980), with Lynch as director and screenwriter and Brooks as executive producer.  Brooks and Lynch join previous AFI Honorary Degree recipients including Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, James Earl Jones, Nora Ephron, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spik ...
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'Foreverman' to premiere at Manhattan musical fest
ctpost.c - almost 5 years
'Foreverman' to premiere at Manhattan musical fest A delightful throwback to the days of the summer stock tent show circuit, the outdoor professional venue in New Canaan will present "My Fair Lady" on five weekends June 15 through July 7. Newtown High School graduate Brett Boles, class of 2003, received the good news last week that his musical "Foreverman" will be one of the 10 shows produced at this summer's New York Musical Theater Festival. In past seasons, the NYMF has presented several original musicals that have gone on to Broadway and regional theater productions, including "Next to Normal" and "(title of show)." Gibson started work on the play in the 1970s as a vehicle for Anne Bancroft -- who starred in the writer's two earlier Broadway hits -- but the original 1977 production closed quickly. Golda's Balcony" follows Kate Alexander has a long list of regional theater credits, including a recent performance in another biographical piece at the Florida Studio Theatr ...
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Amy Lennard Goehner: Online Dating: Lessons Learned and Why "Love It Naughty" Has Nothing on Me
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Yes, I know April is Autism Awareness month. My 18-year-old son Nate has autism. So for me, every month is Autism Awareness Month. I will continue to write and blog about autism. But right now, online dating is on my radar because I came across several emails on my old Yahoo! address from my online dating days. I learned something really important on that journey which I'd like to share. The online dating pool: Dipping one toe in My prince of a husband Fred died suddenly in 1999. For many years, the only males in my life were my sons Nate, then 5, and our newly-adopted son Joey, 10 weeks old. Around six years after Fred died, I was getting tired of just reading my daily Pisces horoscope in the tabloids. I missed reading Fred's Capricorn one also -- one of about a million things that changed after Fred died. One day I met a divorced woman at a party who suggested I try online dating. Online dating? I had met Fred at a party one enchanted evening near ...
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Flesh and Blood
Tablet - over 5 years
These days there is a lot to worry about: global warming, financial collapse, terrorism—you name it. For writer Max Brooks, the threat that trumps them all is zombies. He sounded a warning call about these walking dead in 2003 with The Zombie Survival Guide, followed three years later by World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, an immensely popular account of a massive zombie outbreak (the movie version, starring Brad Pitt, is due out in December 2012). Brooks joins Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry on the podcast to discuss the perils of dressing up like a zombie on Halloween, the particular horrors that a zombie infestation represents to Jews, and the origins of his own zombie fears—traced to one fateful night circa 1985 when Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft opted not to hire a babysitter. [Running time: 14:40.]
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‘Charlie’s Angels’ Didn’t Look That Sexy Without Help
NYTimes - over 5 years
I LOVE wearing other people’s clothes. Hand-me-downs, vintage, loaners, whatever. I like clothes with a provenance, a history. Somehow I imagine that I can feel the traces of another person’s energy lingering in the threads. One of my grand acquisitions in this regard was an incredibly tight and plunging roller-derby jersey that Farrah
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Silent Movie Festival on Today - Manila Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
Released by 20th Century Fox, the cast included Marty Feldman…with appearances by Anne Bancroft, Liza Minelli, Burt Reynolds, James Caan, Marcel Marceau, and Paul Newman playing themselves. “Silent Movie” was the only film where the mime artist Marcel
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anne Bancroft
  • 2005
    Age 73
    Anne Bancroft died, age 73, of uterine cancer on June 6, 2005, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
    More Details Hide Details Her death surprised many, even some of her friends. She was intensely private and had not released details of her illness. She is 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 her grave. Her last film, Delgo, was dedicated to her memory.
    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.
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  • 1992
    Age 60
    Bancroft is also a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1992.
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  • 1965
    Age 33
    Bancroft received a second Academy Award nomination in 1965 for her performance in The Pumpkin Eater.
    More Details Hide Details Her best-known role during this period was Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967), for which she received a third Academy Award nomination. In the film, she played an unhappily married woman who seduces a family friend, the much younger recent college graduate played by Dustin Hoffman. In the movie, Hoffman's character later dates and falls in love with her daughter. Bancroft was ambivalent about her appearance in The Graduate; she stated in several interviews that the role overshadowed all of 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. 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. She made an uncredited cameo in the film Blazing Saddles (1974), directed by Brooks. She received a fourth Academy Award nomination for her performance in The Turning Point (1977) opposite Shirley MacLaine, and a fifth nomination for her performance in Agnes of God (1985) opposite Jane Fonda.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Produced by Alexander H. Cohen and directed by Michael Cacoyannis, it ran for 63 performances.
  • 1964
    Age 32
    Bancroft and Brooks married on August 5, 1964, at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau near New York City Hall, and remained married until her death.
    More Details Hide Details Their son, Maximillian "Max" Brooks, was born on May 22, 1972. Bancroft and Mel Brooks were seen three times on the screen together: once dancing a tango in Brooks's Silent Movie (1976); in his remake of To Be or Not to Be (1983); and in the episode entitled "Opening Night" (2004) of the HBO show, Curb Your Enthusiasm. They were also in Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995), 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!"
  • 1962
    Age 30
    She took the latter role to Hollywood, and won the Academy Award for Best Actress, with Patty Duke repeating her own success as Keller alongside Bancroft in the 1962 film version of the play.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Bancroft is one of the few actors to have won an Academy Award and a Tony Award for the same role.
  • 1960
    Age 28
    She subsequently 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.
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  • 1958
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details For Gittel, she won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play. (Though her role was quite equal to Fonda's, he, an established film actor, was the star, and so she was eligible in the featured category.)
  • 1953
    Age 21
    Bancroft's first husband was lawyer Martin May; they married in 1953, separated in 1955, and divorced in 1957.
    More Details Hide Details In 1961, Bancroft met Mel Brooks at a rehearsal for the Perry Como variety show (Kraft Music Hall).
  • 1948
    Age 16
    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. She was brought up Catholic. She was raised in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx, later moving to 1580 Zerega Ave. and graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in 1948.
    More Details Hide Details She later attended HB Studio, 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 for her film debut in Don't Bother to Knock.
  • 1931
    Born on September 17, 1931.
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