Anne Bancroft was born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano in the Bronx in New York on September 17 th 1931. She developed her artistic flair early in life, enrolling in acting and dancing lesson at the tender age of four. Her first movie role was in 1952 in the film ‘Don’t Bother to Knock’ after which, in 1958, she won a Tony Award for her Broadway appearance in ‘Two for the Seesaw’ with Henry Fonda.
Another Tony Award coupled with the New York Drama Critics Award came a couple of years later for her appearance in ‘The Miracle Worker’ which was then made into a hit movie. For this she notched up a Best Actress Oscar. After this, came a long line of great movies, such as ‘The pumpkin Eater’ and ‘The Graduate’ in which she played the memorable Mrs Robinson.In 1964 Anne also married Mel Brookes, the filmmaker and comedian. She continued to make popular movies through the seventies and eighties, such as ‘The Turning Point’, ‘The Elephant Man’, and ’84 Charring Cross Road’. Even in the 1990s, Anne was still gracing our screen in productions such as ‘How to Make an American Quilt’ and ‘Great Expectations’.
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