Birth name Anna Maria Louisa Italiano NationalityUSA Birth 17 september 1931 at New York City (USA) Death 6 june 2005 (at 73 years) at New York City (USA) Awards Academy Award for Best Actress
Anna Maria Louisa Italiano (September 17, 1931 – June 6, 2005), known professionally as Anne Bancroft, was an American actress associated with the Method acting school, where she studied under Lee Strasberg. Respected for her acting prowess and versatility, Bancroft was acknowledged for her work in film, theatre and television. She won one Academy Award, three BAFTA Awards, two Golden Globes, two Tony Awards and two Emmy Awards, and several other awards and nominations.
After her film debut in Don't Bother to Knock (1952) and a string of supporting film roles during the 1950s, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her lead role in The Miracle Worker (1962) as the teacher of teenage Helen Keller, reprising her role in the Broadway stage play. She won both an Oscar for her work in the film, and a Tony for the same role in the play. On Broadway in 1965, she played a medieval nun obsessed with a priest (Jason Robards) in John Whiting's play The Devils, based on the Aldous Huxley novel The Devils of Loudun. She was perhaps best known as the seductress, Mrs. Robinson, in The Graduate (1967), a role that she later stated had come to overshadow her other work.
Bancroft received several other Oscar nominations and continued in lead roles until the late 1980s.
She played a ballet dancer in The Turning Point (1977), and in Agnes of God she played the mother superior of a convent who clashes with a psychiatrist played by Jane Fonda over dealings with a troubled young novice nun played by Meg Tilly. In 1987, she starred with Anthony Hopkins in 84 Charing Cross Road. She appeared in several movies directed or produced by her second husband, comedian Mel Brooks, including the award-winning drama The Elephant Man as well as comedies To Be or Not to Be and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
In the 1990s she returned to supporting roles in films, but continued to play lead roles in television films. She received Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, for The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003), as well as an Emmy nomination for 2001's Haven.
Bancroft died of uterine cancer in 2005 at the age of 73. She is survived by her mother, sisters, husband Mel Brooks, and son Max Brooks.
Anna Maria Louisa Italiano est née le 17 septembre 1931 à New York, dans le quartier du Bronx, dans une famille d'immigrés italiens. Après des études scientifiques qui devaient la destiner au métier de laborantine, elle débute à la télévision (CBS) sous le nom de Anne Marno.
Engagée par Darryl Zanuck pour la 20th Century Fox, elle débute au cinéma en 1952 dans Troublez-moi ce soir de Roy Ward Baker aux côtés de Marilyn Monroe et Richard Widmark.
En 1963, elle obtient l'Oscar de la meilleure actrice pour son rôle dans Miracle en Alabama (absente de la cérémonie, elle laisse Joan Crawford la récupérer en son nom).
En 1964, elle épouse Mel Brooks, avec qui elle tourne plusieurs films, notamment To Be or Not to Be en 1983 ou Dracula, mort et heureux de l'être en 1995 aux côtés de Leslie Nielsen.
Elle est connue du public, entre autres, pour son rôle de Mrs. Robinson dans le film Le Lauréat (1967) de Mike Nichols, au côté d’un débutant du nom de Dustin Hoffman. Elle a aussi marqué les esprits en tenant le premier rôle féminin d'Elephant Man de David Lynch, et en jouant la mère juive (et envahissante) de Harvey Fierstein dans Torch Song Trilogy.
Elle meurt d'un cancer de l'utérus le 6 juin 2005 à l'Hôpital du Mont Sinaï, à New York.
, 1h34 OriginUSA GenresScience fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation ThemesChildren's films ActorsFreddie Prinze, Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sally Kellerman, Anne Bancroft, Chris Kattan, Louis Gossett Jr. Roles Sedessa (voice) Rating43% After having left their own world due to a loss of natural resources, the winged humanoid Nohrin settle on Jhamora with the permission of the ground-dwelling Lokni. But some of the Nohrin, led by would-be conqueror Sedessa, believe in the superiority of their own race and try to take land away from the Lokni. The parents of Delgo, a Lokni, are killed in the resulting conflict. Nohrin King Zahn is horrified by the war and admonishes Sedessa, who then poisons the Queen and almost kills Zahn as well. She is subsequently banished, and her wings are clipped off. Delgo, meanwhile, is raised by Elder Marley, who tries to teach him how to use the power of magical stones. Once Delgo grows up, however, he gives in to his desire for revenge against the Nohrin as a whole. But then he meets Princess Kyla of the Nohrin and develops a tentative friendship with her. When she is kidnapped by Nohrin General Raius, who is actually working for Sedessa, Delgo and his friend Filo are blamed and arrested. In the Nohrin prison, Delgo meets Nohrin General Bogardus, who was forced to illegally gamble with his weapons by Raius, because Bogardus opposed an all out war with the Lokni. Delgo, Filo, and Bogardus escape into some underground caverns and eventually reach Sedessa's stronghold and rescue Kyla. Together they hurry back to try to stop the war from taking place. They are too late, for the war has already begun. Bogardus meanwhile fights and defeats Raius, but is soon after mortally injured.
, 1h36 Directed byRob Reiner OriginUSA GenresDrama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance ThemesFilms about writers, Films about journalists ActorsJennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Shirley MacLaine, Mark Ruffalo, Richard Jenkins, Mena Suvari Rating55% In 1997, Sarah Huttinger (Jennifer Aniston), an obituary and wedding announcement writer for The New York Times, travels to Pasadena, California, for her sister Annie's (Mena Suvari) wedding, accompanied by her fiancé Jeff Daly (Mark Ruffalo). At a pre-wedding party, Sarah learns from her grandmother Katharine (Shirley MacLaine) that her mother Jocelyn ran off to Cabo San Lucas to spend time with her prep school classmate Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner) the week before her wedding to Sarah's father Earl (Richard Jenkins). Jeff points out Sarah's parents were married just short of nine months before her birth, leading her to wonder if Beau might really be her biological father. Sarah also discovers her grandmother might have been the inspiration for Mrs. Robinson, an infamous character in the novel The Graduate.
, 1h54 OriginUSA GenresDrama, Romance ActorsHelen Mirren, Olivier Martinez, Anne Bancroft, Brian Dennehy, Rodrigo Santoro, Suzanne Bertish Roles Contessa Rating63% Une star en échec est confrontée à un changement de style de vie lorsque son riche mari meurt soudainement alors qu'ils sont en route pour l'Italie. Elle se lance alors dans une série d'aventures avec des gigolos trouvés pour elle par une vieille contesse. Chaque contact devient de plus en plus incontrôlable, jusqu'à ce qu'elle devienne obsédée par un jeune homme qui la traite d'abord bien, mais ensuite avec dédain.
, 2h3 Directed byDavid Mirkin OriginUSA GenresDrama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Crime, Romance ActorsSigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ray Liotta, Jason Lee, Gene Hackman, Anne Bancroft Roles Gloria Vogal Rating61% Max and Page Conners (Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt) are a mother-daughter con artist team. When the film opens, the Conners are finishing a con on Dean Cumanno (Ray Liotta), an auto-body shop owner and small-time crook. The con, which the Conners have played many times before on other men, involves Max marrying Dean, passing out on their wedding night to avoid consummating the marriage, and then Page (posing as Dean's secretary) luring Dean into a compromising position to justify Max's immediate divorce and hefty settlement. The con is a success.
, 2h8 Directed byEdward Norton OriginUSA GenresDrama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance ThemesFilms about religion ActorsBen Stiller, Jenna Elfman, Eli Wallach, Anne Bancroft, Blythe Auffarth, Edward Norton Roles Ruth Schram Rating63% The film begins with a drunken and downtrodden Catholic priest telling his story to a sympathetic bartender (Brian George). Father Brian Finn (Edward Norton) has been dedicated to his calling since he was a child and now shares the duties of a New York parish with an older priest, Fr. Havel (Miloš Forman). Rabbi Jacob "Jake" Schram (Ben Stiller), best friends with Brian since childhood, is the youngest rabbi at his Conservative synagogue; his lack of effort to find a Jewish wife often results in his mother, Ruth (Anne Bancroft) and other women of his congregation setting him up on blind dates, much to his dismay. The two men show a close bond, even in their professions, where the two are planning the opening of a jointly sponsored community center. In its earlier days, the friendship included a third party. Via flashbacks and reminiscent musings, Anna Reilly (Jenna Elfman) is introduced: she met Jake and Brian in middle school, after beating up a bully who was picking on them. The three became great friends, and enjoyed their childhood together. Unfortunately, Anna's father got a new job that resulted in the Reillys moving to California, and ultimately she lost touch with Brian and Jake.
, 1h55 Directed byPhilip Haas GenresDrama, Romance ActorsKristin Scott Thomas, Sean Penn, Anne Bancroft, James Fox, Jeremy Davies, Roger Hammond Roles Princess San Ferdinando Rating59% The action takes place in the late 1930s. 30-year-old Mary Panton, whose extraordinary beauty has always been one of her greatest assets, has been a widow for one year. Her late husband Matthew, whom she married at 21 because she loved him, turned out to be an alcoholic, a gambler, a womaniser, and a wife-beater. Mary endures all the hardship and pain inflicted on her by her husband (including his having sex with her while drunk). When he drinks and drives, he has a car accident. A few hours later, he dies in Mary's arms. This, she concludes, is a blessing for both of them.
, 1h55 Directed byPhilip Haas OriginUnited-kingdom GenresDrama, Romance ActorsKristin Scott Thomas, Sean Penn, Anne Bancroft, James Fox, Derek Jacobi, Jeremy Davies Roles Princess San Ferdinando Rating59% En 1938, à Florence, Mary Panton, une veuve anglaise fauchée par la mort de son mari, est demandée en mariage par sir Edgar Swift, le gouverneur du Bengale. Elle accepte mais, lors d'une soirée chez la princesse San Ferdinando, elle fait la connaissance de Rowley Flint, un aventurier américain et séducteur invétéré, qui tente de la séduire mais elle repousse ses avances. Elle préfère passer la nuit avec le jeune violoncelliste Karl Richter. Mais le lendemain matin, alors qu'il lui déclare son amour, elle le repousse et ce dernier se suicide. Paniquée, elle demande à Rowley de se débarrasser du corps ce qu'il fait aussitôt. Mais il est retrouvé en possession de l'arme et aussitôt jeté en prison.
, 1h30 Directed byAnita W. Addison OriginUSA GenresDrama ThemesFilms about adoption, Films about children, Films about families, Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction ActorsAnne Bancroft, Lynn Whitfield, Alice Krige, Cara Buono, Gloria Reuben, Jesse L. Martin Roles Geraldine 'Gerry' Eileen Cummins Rating66% In Boston in the early 1960s, Geraldine Cummins was walking home alone from the movies when she was jumped and raped by a black man. Stunned, she returned home to her husband Bob, stating she had been raped. Sometime later, she finds she is pregnant. In the beginning she hates the thought of her unborn baby, not wanting a constant reminder of her rapist, but keeps it for a few reasons: she is Catholic and she harbors a small hope that it could be her husband's baby. Her husband is supportive during the pregnancy. As the months pass, Gerry comes to be attached to the baby, later stating "8 months is too long to close your heart to a piece of yourself." She becomes fearful of what will happen if her baby is black, the social isolation it would receive and what people would think of her. After going into labor and confiding in a doctor her situation, she becomes convinced that it would be best if she gave it up. The baby is a black girl. She names her newborn daughter Barbara Anne Cummins and gives her to foster mother Corrine Burrel, a black woman in Roxbury, a black neighborhood. Gerry is heartbroken to give up her daughter.
, 1h51 Directed byAlfonso Cuarón OriginUSA GenresDrama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance ThemesFilms about children, Children's films ActorsEthan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Cooper, Jeremy James Kissner, Hank Azaria, Anne Bancroft Roles Ms. Dinsmoor Rating67% 10-year-old Finnegan "Finn" Bell is playing on a beach in the Gulf Coast when an escaped convict suddenly pops out of the water and overpowers him, making Finn promise to bring back food, medicine and bolt cutters to get the iron shackles off his leg. Finn complies, and the convict unexpectedly tries to make Finn take him by boat to Mexico. The police seize the small boat heading out to sea. The convict hides on a buoy, and Finn's boat is towed back to shore. The next day, Finn sees on the news that the convict, mobster Arthur Lustig, had escaped from death row, but was recaptured and would face execution soon.
, 1h40 GenresDrama ActorsAnne Bancroft, Trever O'Brien, Hanna R. Hall, William Greenblatt, Bonnie Bedelia, Scott Michael Campbell Roles Abigail Tillerman Rating74% On a hot summer night in Provincetown, Liza Tillerman abandons her four children, thirteen-year-old Dicey, ten-year-old James, nine-year-old Maybeth, and six-year-old Sammy, in a mall. With only a change of underwear, a map, and nine dollars, Dicey, James, Maybeth, and Sammy take off on foot to Bridgeport where their nearest known relative, Aunt Cilla, lives. Along the way, Dicey struggles to care for and protect her siblings.