The American actress made her film début, in Don’t Bother to Knock before appearing on Broadway stages where she would meet with much success in Two for the Seesaw, in 1958 and The Miracle Worker, in 1960, a role she would repeat later for a film version, and would earn a Tony Award and an Oscar for the same part. During the 1960s, she obtained her best-known role as tempting and seductive Mrs Robinson in Mike Nichol’s Graduate, in 1967. In the meantime, she had married, in 1964, the comedy writer and director, Mel Brooks, forming, a rare show-business life-long lasting couple and decided to slow her career down in order to take care of their only child. She nonetheless, from the 1970s to the late 1990s, performed in various successful productions such as The Turning Point, in 1977, Malice, in 1993 opposite Nicole Kidman and G.I Jane, in 1997. Anne Bancroft had found the one role for which she would always be remembered when incarnating Mrs Robinson. However, she was ambivalent about this part that overshadowed the rest of her work and gave her a stereotyped image of an icily seductive older woman when she was only six years older than Dustin Hoffman.