Anne Bancroft
Name: Anne Bancroft
Occupation: Actor
Gender: Female
Height: 168 cm (5' 7'')
Birth Day: September 17, 1931
Death Date: Jun 6, 2005 (age 73)
Age: Aged 73
Birth Place: The Bronx, United States
Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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Anne Bancroft

Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in The Bronx, United States (73 years old). Anne Bancroft is an Actor, zodiac sign: Virgo. Nationality: United States. Approx. Net Worth: $20 Million.


Late in her career, she played roles in the films Keeping the Faith and Heartbreakers and appeared as herself in a 2004 episode of the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Net Worth 2020

$20 Million
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Family Members

# Name Relationship Net Worth Salary Age Occupation
#1 Michael Italiano Father N/A N/A N/A
#2 Martin May Martin May Former spouse $4 Million N/A N/A Actor
#3 Mildred DiNapoli Mother N/A N/A N/A
#4 Joanne Italiano Sister N/A N/A N/A
#5 Phyllis Italiano Sister N/A N/A N/A
#6 Max Brooks Max Brooks Son $20 Million N/A 48 Writer
#7 Mel Brooks Mel Brooks Spouse $100 Million N/A 94 Director
#8 Henry Michael Brooks N/A N/A N/A

Does Anne Bancroft Dead or Alive?

As per our current Database, Anne Bancroft died on Jun 6, 2005 (age 73).


Height Weight Hair Colour Eye Colour Blood Type Tattoo(s)
168 cm (5' 7'') N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Before Fame

Her big screen debut was in the 1952 film Don't Bother to Knock.


Biography Timeline


Bancroft's parents were both children of Italian immigrants. In an interview, she stated that her family was originally from Muro Lucano, in the province of Potenza. She was Roman Catholic. She was raised in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx, later moving to 1580 Zerega Ave. and graduating from Christopher Columbus High School in 1948. 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, as it was "too ethnic for movies"; she chose Bancroft "because it sounded dignified."


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


In 1957, Bancroft was directed by Jacques Tourneur in a David Goodis adaptation, Nightfall. In 1958, she 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. For this role, she won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.


Bancroft 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. 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. Because Bancroft had returned to Broadway to star in Mother Courage and Her Children, Joan Crawford accepted the Oscar on her behalf, and later presented the award to her in New York.

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


In 1961, Bancroft met Mel Brooks at a rehearsal for Perry Como's 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, Max Brooks, was born in 1972.


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.

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


Bancroft is one of ten actors to have won both an Academy Award and a Tony Award for the same role (as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker), and one of very few entertainers to win an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony award. This rare achievement is also known as the Triple Crown of Acting. 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 Best Actress in 1977 for her performance in The Turning Point (1977) opposite Shirley MacLaine, and a fifth nomination for Best Actress in 1985 for her performance in Agnes of God (1985) opposite Jane Fonda.


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


Bancroft's final appearance was as herself in a 2004 episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. Her last project was the animated feature film Delgo, released posthumously in 2008. The film was dedicated to her.


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.

Anne Bancroft died of uterine cancer at age 73 on June 6, 2005 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Her death surprised many, including some of her friends, as the intensely private Bancroft had not released details of her illness. 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. Her last film, Delgo, was dedicated to her memory.


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 theater. In the same interview, he said of their first meeting in 1961, "From that day, until her death on June 6, 2005, we were glued together."

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