Anne Bancroft was an American actress, director, screenwriter and singer. She was a woman of all seasons. Besides, she was known for playing Mrs. Robinson in the classic 1967 film The Graduate and has also won a Best Actress Academy Award for her role as Annie Sullivan.
Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931, in The Bronx, New York, the U.S under the zodiac sign of Virgo. She was raised by her parents Michael Italiano (father) and Mildred (mother) along with her siblings Joanne Italiano, Phyllis Italiano.
Her real name or birth name was Anna Maria Louisa Italiano.
Regarding her education, Bancroft completed her schooling from Christopher Columbus High School and graduated in 1948. Also, she enrolled in the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for women at the University of California.
The famous actress died of uterine cancer on June 6, 2005, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, at the age of 73. Her dead 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. Well, her last movie Delgo was dedicated to her memory.
The 73-year-old actress was married to Martin May in 1953. They separated in 1955 and divorced in 1957.
Later in 1961, Anne started dating the comedian-actor Mel Brooks. In 1964, the couple got married. The pair shared a son, Max Brooks, who is currently an actor and author and has reached the age of 46.
Bancroft had a net worth $20 million until her death in June 2005. She earned a huge amount of salary throughout her successful career.
The talented actress started her career under the name “Anne Marno” but she eventually changed her last name to “Bancroft” because she believed that the former was too traditional for a movie star.
In 1958, Anne debut in the play Two for the Seesaw which gained her a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress. Also, she won her second Tony Awards of Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller‘s teacher, in the 1960 Broadway stage play The Miracle Worker.
Anne has received her nomination in the films The Pumpkin Eater (1964), The Graduate (1967), The Turning Point (1977) and Agnes of God (1985).
Bancroft has won an Oscar for her work in the 1986 film, The Miracle Worker. Also, she received one Golden Globe award each for her roles in The Pumpkin Eater and The Graduate and three BAFTA in The Miracle Worker, The Pumpkin Eater and 84 Charing Cross Road (1987) and 2 Emmy Awards in the CBS TV in the Life of a Man (1970).