Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Anne Bancroft, RIP

Sad news from CNN that Anne Bancroft, AKA Mrs. Mel Brooks, has died:
Anne Bancroft, who won the 1962 best actress Oscar as the teacher of a young Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker" but achieved greater fame as the seducer of her daughter's boyfriend in the 1967 movie "The Graduate," has died. She was 73.

She died of cancer on Monday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, spokesman John Barlow said.

Anne Bancroft has always been a favorite of mine, from Mrs. Robinson to the icy ballerina Emma Jacklin in "The Turning Point." (Oh, "The Turning Point." How many young girls twirled around doing fake ballet on their tiptoes in their living rooms after watching that one? I know of at least one. And the simply delicious hair-pulling-punching-crawling-around-the-ground catfight between Ms. Bancroft and Ms. Shirley MacLaine is not to be missed.)

I also loved her work in "The Elephant Man," "84 Charing Cross Road," and, of course, "Blazing Saddles" and many other Mel Brooks' movies.

She was a classy dame, which is becoming ever more rare in this day and age.

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