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 Anne Bancroft

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Original Name
Anna Maria Italiano
Birth
Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Death
6 Jun 2005 (aged 73)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial
Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, USA
Plot
Section 180, Lot 6
Memorial ID
11121391 View Source

Actress of Stage, Screen and Television. Her career spanned half a century. Anne Bancroft was a prolific award winner for her excellent acting. Nominated for an Academy Award four times, she won once, then was a two-time winner of both Tony and Emmy Awards. However, her role as 'Mrs. Robinson' in Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" (1967) was her defining performance resulting in great fame and recognition. She toiled to the very end furnishing the voice for "Delgo", posthumously released in 2008. She was born Anna Maria Louisa in the Bronx to native New Yorkers and working parents, Michael and Mildred (DiNapoli) Italiano. Michael was a patternmaker and Mildred was a Macy's Executive Switchboard Operator. She had two sisters, Joanne (older) and Phyllis (younger). From age four, she began taking singing and dancing lessons and found a ready audience with visiting aunts, uncles, and cousins at frequent family get-togethers. Sometimes she performed on the streets, to the amusement of construction workers as they ate their lunch. She was a natural and frequently performed in school plays. Upon graduation from high school, Anna pursued her goal as her supportive parents paid the tuition for schooling at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan. Success came quickly in New York where live television drama was flourishing. She appeared in 50 shows in two years under the name Anne Marno. A 1951 screen test for 20th Century-Fox resulted in a contract. Handed a book of names and urged to select a new moniker, she became Anne Bancroft. Her beginnings in Hollywood were unimpressive and, after a few "B" pictures she headed for Broadway, winning her first Tony, with no stage experience, opposite Henry Fonda in "Two for the Seesaw." After a first marriage ended in an unhappy divorce, she met her match in actor-comedian-screenwriter-director-producer Mel Brooks while rehearsing a musical number for the Perry Como television show. They were married on August 5, 1964 at New York City Hall and had to snag a passerby to serve as their witness. With the birth of a son, Max in 1972, Anne decided to be a stay-at-home mom, resulting in a long period of inactivity from the theatre. Their marriage would last until her death. She appeared in three of Brooks' comedies: "Silent Movie" (1976), the remake of "To Be or Not to Be" (1983) and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" (1995). In mid-career, Anne attended the Actors Studio to sharpen her acting skills and then further studied at the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) which culminated in her being the writer-director of the film, "Fatso." For good measure, she starred in the project. Two years prior to her passing, she returned to Broadway for the first time after an absence of twenty years, appearing in "Occupant." Creeping cancer finally caught up with her and after being taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, she passed away at age 73. Her final resting place is Kensico Cemetery, a short distance from her father Michael Italiano. Her mother Mildred survived her by five years, living in Yonkers. Anne's final ceremony was private as only family members witnessed a brief Catholic committal service prior to interment. In Anne Bancroft's incredible career, she was nominated Best Actress in a Leading Role: "Agnes of God," "The Turning Point," and "The Pumpkin Eater." She was the winner of the coveted Oscar prize, Best Actress in a Leading Role for "The Miracle Worker." A few more of her movies were "Don't Bother to Knock" (first movie), "The Kid from Left Field," "Demetrius and the Gladiators," "The Last Frontier," Young Winston," "The Hindenburg," "The Elephant Man," "G.I. Jane," "The Sunchaser," and "Up at the Villa." Her television work included "I'm Getting Married," "Jesus of Nazareth" (miniseries), "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All," "Deep in My Heart," "Haven," and a Emmy for "Annie," and another for "Deep in My Heart." Her Stage appearances included a Tony award for best supporting actress in "Two for the Seesaw," a Tony Award for best actress in a play "The Miracle Worker," "Mother Courage and Her Children," "The Devils," "The Little Foxes," "A Cry of Players," and "Golda." In an ultimate tribute to Anne Bancroft, the lights of Broadway were dimmed in the Theatre District in salute to her many outstanding performances.

Actress of Stage, Screen and Television. Her career spanned half a century. Anne Bancroft was a prolific award winner for her excellent acting. Nominated for an Academy Award four times, she won once, then was a two-time winner of both Tony and Emmy Awards. However, her role as 'Mrs. Robinson' in Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" (1967) was her defining performance resulting in great fame and recognition. She toiled to the very end furnishing the voice for "Delgo", posthumously released in 2008. She was born Anna Maria Louisa in the Bronx to native New Yorkers and working parents, Michael and Mildred (DiNapoli) Italiano. Michael was a patternmaker and Mildred was a Macy's Executive Switchboard Operator. She had two sisters, Joanne (older) and Phyllis (younger). From age four, she began taking singing and dancing lessons and found a ready audience with visiting aunts, uncles, and cousins at frequent family get-togethers. Sometimes she performed on the streets, to the amusement of construction workers as they ate their lunch. She was a natural and frequently performed in school plays. Upon graduation from high school, Anna pursued her goal as her supportive parents paid the tuition for schooling at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan. Success came quickly in New York where live television drama was flourishing. She appeared in 50 shows in two years under the name Anne Marno. A 1951 screen test for 20th Century-Fox resulted in a contract. Handed a book of names and urged to select a new moniker, she became Anne Bancroft. Her beginnings in Hollywood were unimpressive and, after a few "B" pictures she headed for Broadway, winning her first Tony, with no stage experience, opposite Henry Fonda in "Two for the Seesaw." After a first marriage ended in an unhappy divorce, she met her match in actor-comedian-screenwriter-director-producer Mel Brooks while rehearsing a musical number for the Perry Como television show. They were married on August 5, 1964 at New York City Hall and had to snag a passerby to serve as their witness. With the birth of a son, Max in 1972, Anne decided to be a stay-at-home mom, resulting in a long period of inactivity from the theatre. Their marriage would last until her death. She appeared in three of Brooks' comedies: "Silent Movie" (1976), the remake of "To Be or Not to Be" (1983) and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" (1995). In mid-career, Anne attended the Actors Studio to sharpen her acting skills and then further studied at the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) which culminated in her being the writer-director of the film, "Fatso." For good measure, she starred in the project. Two years prior to her passing, she returned to Broadway for the first time after an absence of twenty years, appearing in "Occupant." Creeping cancer finally caught up with her and after being taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, she passed away at age 73. Her final resting place is Kensico Cemetery, a short distance from her father Michael Italiano. Her mother Mildred survived her by five years, living in Yonkers. Anne's final ceremony was private as only family members witnessed a brief Catholic committal service prior to interment. In Anne Bancroft's incredible career, she was nominated Best Actress in a Leading Role: "Agnes of God," "The Turning Point," and "The Pumpkin Eater." She was the winner of the coveted Oscar prize, Best Actress in a Leading Role for "The Miracle Worker." A few more of her movies were "Don't Bother to Knock" (first movie), "The Kid from Left Field," "Demetrius and the Gladiators," "The Last Frontier," Young Winston," "The Hindenburg," "The Elephant Man," "G.I. Jane," "The Sunchaser," and "Up at the Villa." Her television work included "I'm Getting Married," "Jesus of Nazareth" (miniseries), "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All," "Deep in My Heart," "Haven," and a Emmy for "Annie," and another for "Deep in My Heart." Her Stage appearances included a Tony award for best supporting actress in "Two for the Seesaw," a Tony Award for best actress in a play "The Miracle Worker," "Mother Courage and Her Children," "The Devils," "The Little Foxes," "A Cry of Players," and "Golda." In an ultimate tribute to Anne Bancroft, the lights of Broadway were dimmed in the Theatre District in salute to her many outstanding performances.

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: The Perplexed Historian
  • Added: 7 Jun 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 11121391
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/11121391/anne-bancroft: accessed ), memorial page for Anne Bancroft (17 Sep 1931–6 Jun 2005), Find a Grave Memorial ID 11121391, citing Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .