Bancroft, Anne

BORN 17 Sep 1931, New York City, New York: Bronx - DIED 6 Jun 2005, New York City, New York: Mount Sinai Hospital, Manhattan
BIRTH NAME Italiano, Anna Maria Louise
CAUSE OF DEATH uterine cancer
GRAVE LOCATION Valhalla, New York: Kensico Cemetery, 273 Lakeview Avenue (Section 180, Lot 6)

Daughter of a telephone operator and a dress pattern maker, both Italian immigrants. She was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and other schools. She appeared in several television productions using the name Anne Marno but she changed it for to Anne Bancroft for her movie debut in "Don't Bother to Knock" (1952), where she appeared next to Marilyn Monroe.

She didn't like the parts that she was offered in Hollywood and returned to New York. In 1953 she married the lawyer Martin May. They had no children and she divorced him in 1957. In 1958 she debuted on Broadway in "Two for the Seesaw" with Henry Fonda. For "Gittel" she won a Tony Award and another for "The Miracle Worker". For the film version she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1962. She won another Academy Award in 1965 for "The Pumpkin Eater", but she is better remembered for her part in "The Graduate" (1967).

In 1964 she married Mel Brooks and in 1972 they had a son, Maximilian. In 1970 she received an Emmy award for her singing and dancing in "Annie: the Women in the Life of a Man". In 1980 she directed and appeared in "Fatso". During her later years she had many supporting roles in movies with big stars like Nicolas Cage, Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.

When she died of cancer in 2005 it was a surprise to many people who knew her because she hadn't told them about her illness. She was buried at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla not far from the grave of her father. At the time of her death her mother Mildred was still alive and resided in Yonkers until she died in 2010 aged 102.

Related persons
• was pupil of Strasberg, Lee


The grave of Ann Bancroft at the Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla.
Picture by Androom (11 Apr 2010)


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Bancroft, Marie

Published: 17 Oct 2010
Last update: 25 Feb 2022