Anne Bancroft Biography (1931-)

Original name, Anna Maria Louisa Italiano; born September 17, 1931, in the Bronx, New York, NY; daughter of Michael (a dress pattern maker) and Mildred (atelephone operator; maiden name, DiNapoli) Italiano; married Martin A. May (a building contractor), July 1, 1953 (divorced, February 13, 1957); married Mel Brooks (a director, producer, actor, and screenwriter; original name, Melvin Kaminsky), 1964; children: (second marriage) Maximilian. Addresses:Office: Brooksfilms, 9336 West Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232-2628.; Contact: c/o 915 North Foothill Rd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210; c/o P.O. Box900, Beverly Hills, CA 90213; c/o 2301 La Mesa Dr., Santa Monica, CA 90405.;Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills,CA 90211.

Actress, director, producer, screenwriter
Birth Details
September 17, 1931
Bronx, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Lyn Leslie, Don't Bother to Knock, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1952
  • Marian Foley, The Kid from Left Field, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1953
  • Emma Hurok, Tonight We Sing, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1953
  • Marie, Treasure of the Golden Condor, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1953
  • Paula, Demetrius and the Gladiators, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954
  • Laverne Miller, Gorilla at Large, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954
  • Katy Bishop, The Raid, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954
  • Corinna Marston, The Last Frontier (also known as Savage Wilderness), Columbia, 1955
  • Maria Ibinia, A Life in the Balance, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1955
  • Rosalie Regalzyk, The Naked Street (also known as The Brass Ring and The Mobster), United Artists, 1955
  • Kathy Lupo, New York Confidential, Warner Bros., 1955
  • Marie Gardner, Nightfall, Columbia, 1956
  • Tianay, Walk the Proud Land (also known as Apache Agent), Universal, 1956
  • Beth Dixon, The Girl in Black Stockings, United Artists, 1957
  • Angelita, The Restless Breed, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957
  • Annie Sullivan, The Miracle Worker, United Artists, 1962
  • Jo Armitage, The Pumpkin Eater, Columbia, 1964
  • Inga Dyson, The Slender Thread, Paramount, 1965
  • Dr. D. R. Cartwright, Seven Women, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966
  • Mrs. Robinson, The Graduate, Embassy, 1967
  • Arthur Penn (documentary), 1970
  • Jennie (Lady Randolph) Churchill, Young Winston, Columbia, 1972
  • Ursula (the countess), The Hindenburg, Universal, 1975
  • Edna Edison, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Warner Bros., 1975
  • Herself, Silent Movie, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976
  • Carla Bondi, Lipstick, Paramount, 1976
  • Emma Jacklin, The Turning Point, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977
  • Madge Kendal, The Elephant Man, Paramount, 1980
  • Antoinette, Fatso, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Anna Bronski, To Be or Not to Be, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • Estelle Rolfe, Garbo Talks, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984
  • Mother Miriam Ruth, Agnes of God, Columbia, 1985
  • Thelma Cates, 'night Mother, Universal, 1986
  • Helene Hanff, 84 Charing Cross Road, Columbia, 1987
  • Ma, Torch Song Trilogy, New Line Cinema, 1988
  • Meredith Perlestein, Bert Rigby, You're a Fool, Warner Bros.,1989
  • Madame Ruth, Love Potion No. 9, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Bea Singer, Honeymoon in Vegas, Columbia, 1992
  • Amanda, Point of No Return (also known as The Assassin, La femme Nikita, Nikita, and The Specialist), Warner Bros.,1993
  • Dr. Catherine Holland, Mr. Jones, TriStar, 1993
  • Ms. Claire Kennsinger, Malice, Columbia, 1993
  • Gypsy woman, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Columbia, 1995
  • Adele Larson, Home for the Holidays, Paramount, 1995
  • Gladys Joe, How to Make an American Quilt (also known as An American Quilt), Universal, 1995
  • Dr. Renata Baumbauer, Sunchaser (also known as The Sunchaser), Warner Bros., 1996
  • Senator Lillian DeHaven, G.I. Jane (also known as In Pursuit ofHonor, A Matter of Honor, Navy Cross, and Undisclosed), Buena Vista, 1997
  • Nun, Critical Care, LIVE Entertainment, 1997
  • Voice of the queen, Antz (animated), Buena Vista, 1998
  • Ms. Nora Diggers Dinsmoor, Great Expectations, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Narrator, Mark Twain's America in 3D, Sony Pictures Classics,1998
  • Ruth, Keeping the Faith, Buena Vista, 2000
  • Princess San Ferdinando, Up at the Villa, USA Films, 2000
  • Film Work
  • Choreographer of the Anna Karenina dance sequence, The TurningPoint, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977
  • Director and producer, Fatso, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Director of the unreleased film The August.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • The Goldbergs, CBS, 1950-51
  • Freddie and Max, Thames Television, 1990
  • Miniseries
  • Mary Magdalene, Jesus of Nazareth (also known as Gesu di Nazareth), NBC, 1977
  • Signora Polo (Marco Polo's mother), Marco Polo, NBC, 1982
  • Lucy Marsden at the age of one hundred, The Oldest Living ConfederateWidow Tells All, CBS, 1994
  • Movies
  • Kate Jerome, Neil Simon's Broadway Bound (also known as Broadway Bound), ABC, 1992
  • Abigail "Ab" Tillerman, Homecoming, Showtime, 1996
  • Gerry Cummins, Deep in My Heart, CBS, 1999
  • Specials
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1964
  • The Perry Como Special, NBC, 1964
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1968
  • Host, Annie, the Woman in the Life of a Man, CBS, 1970
  • Host, Annie and the Hoods, ABC, 1974
  • The Stars Salute Israel at Thirty, ABC, 1978
  • Variety '77--The Year in Entertainment, CBS, 1978
  • Bob Hope's Women I Love--Beautiful but Funny, NBC, 1982
  • Host, That Was the Week That Was, ABC, 1985
  • Lillian Cage (title role), "Mrs. Cage," American Playhouse, PBS, 1992
  • Mrs. Fanning, "The Mother" (also known as "Paddy Chayefsky's 'TheMother'"), Great Performances, PBS, 1994
  • AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies, CBS, 1998
  • Narrator, Echoes from the Ancients, PBS, 1998
  • Narrator, Living with Cancer: A Message of Hope, PBS, 1998
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Director, Annie, the Woman in the Life of a Man, CBS, 1970
  • Television Appearances
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 65th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1993
  • The 70th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1998
  • A Salute to Dustin Hoffman (also known as The AFI 27th AmericanFilm Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Dustin Hoffman), ABC,1999
  • Episodic
  • (As Anne Italiano) "The Torrents of Spring," Studio One, CBS, 1950
  • "To Live in Peace," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1953
  • "A Medal for Benny," Lux Video Theatre, CBS, 1954
  • "Hired Wife," Lux Video Theatre, NBC, 1956
  • "The Corrigan Case," Lux Video Theatre, NBC, 1956
  • "Fear Is the Hunter," Climax, CBS, 1956
  • "Key Largo," The Alcoa Hour, NBC, 1956
  • "So Soon to Die," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1957
  • "Invitation to a Gunfighter," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1957
  • "Hostages to Fortune," The Alcoa Hour, NBC, 1957
  • "The Mad Bomber," Climax, CBS, 1957
  • Isabelle Rutledge, "Episode in Darkness," Zane Grey Theater, CBS,1957
  • "A Time to Cry," The Frank Sinatra Show, ABC, 1958
  • The Perry Como Show, NBC, 1960
  • Person to Person, CBS, 1960
  • "Out on the Outskirts of Town," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater, NBC, 1964
  • Virginia, "I'm Getting Married," ABC Stage '67, ABC, 1967
  • Entertainment Tonight (also known as ET), syndicated, 1988
  • Good Morning America (also known as GMA), ABC, 1989
  • Today, NBC, 1989
  • Voice of Dr. Zweig, "Fear of Flying," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1994
  • Herself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 2000
  • Appeared in episodes of Danger, CBS; Kraft Music Hall, NBC;Omnibus, CBS; Philco-Goodyear Playhouse, NBC; Suspense,CBS; and The Tom Jones Show, ABC.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Gittel Mosca, Two for the Seesaw, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1958
  • Annie Sullivan, The Miracle Worker, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1959
  • Mother Courage, Mother Courage and Her Children, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1963
  • Prioress, The Devils, Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1965
  • Regina Giddens, The Little Foxes, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1967
  • Anne, A Cry of Players, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1968
  • Golda Meir, Golda, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Stephanie Abrahams, Duet for One, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Patient, Mystery of the Rose Bouquet, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, CA, 1989
  • Screenplays
  • Fatso, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Teleplays
  • Specials
  • Annie, the Woman in the Life of a Man, CBS, 1970

Further Reference


    • Premiere, December, 1995, p. 58.

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