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Anne Bancroft (1931 - 2005)

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.

Tags / Anne Bancroft - American Actress - Muses - Cinematic Women - 1960s - Seduction
Peter Finch and Anne Bancroft in The Pumpkin Eater directed by Jack Clayton, 1964
Peter Finch and Anne Bancroft in The Pumpkin Eater directed by Jack Clayton, 1964
Anne Bancroft and Bridget Fonda in Point of No Return directed by John Badham, 1993
Anne Bancroft and Bridget Fonda in Point of No Return directed by John Badham, 1993
Anne Bancroft , 1953
Anne Bancroft , 1953
Anne Bancroft and John Hurt in The Elephant Man directed by David Lynch, 1980
Anne Bancroft and John Hurt in The Elephant Man directed by David Lynch, 1980
Anne Bancroft for The Slender Thread directed by Sydney Pollack, 1965
Anne Bancroft for The Slender Thread directed by Sydney Pollack, 1965
Anne Bancroft in The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols, 1967
Anne Bancroft in The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols, 1967
Anne Bancroft in 84 Charing Cross Road directed by David Jones, 1987
Anne Bancroft in 84 Charing Cross Road directed by David Jones, 1987
Anne Bancroft in The Hindenberg directed by Robert Wise, 1975
Anne Bancroft in The Hindenberg directed by Robert Wise, 1975
Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker directed by Arthur Penn, 1962
Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker directed by Arthur Penn, 1962
Anne Bancroft in The Pumkin Eater directed by Jack Clayton, photographed by Eve Arnold, 1963
Anne Bancroft in The Pumkin Eater directed by Jack Clayton, photographed by Eve Arnold, 1963
Anne Bancroft in the TV Show Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, 1964
Anne Bancroft in the TV Show Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, 1964
George Scott and Anne Bancroft in The Hindenberg directed by Robert Wise, 1975
George Scott and Anne Bancroft in The Hindenberg directed by Robert Wise, 1975
Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine in The Turning Point directed by Herbert Ross, 1977
Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine in The Turning Point directed by Herbert Ross, 1977
Anne Bancroft, ca. 1955
Anne Bancroft, ca. 1955
Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker directed by Arthur Penn, photographed by Dennis Stock, 1962
Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker directed by Arthur Penn, photographed by Dennis Stock, 1962
Anne Bancroft on the set of in The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols, 1967
Anne Bancroft on the set of in The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols, 1967
Anne Bancroft and Aldo Ray in Nightfall directed by Jacques Tourneur, 1957
Anne Bancroft and Aldo Ray in Nightfall directed by Jacques Tourneur, 1957
Anne Bancroft and Patty Duck in The Miracle Worker directed by Arthur Penn, photographed by Dennis Stock, 1962
Anne Bancroft and Patty Duck in The Miracle Worker directed by Arthur Penn, photographed by Dennis Stock, 1962
Anne Bancroft on the set of The Pumkin Eater directed by Jack Clayton, photographed by Eve Arnold, 1963
Anne Bancroft on the set of The Pumkin Eater directed by Jack Clayton, photographed by Eve Arnold, 1963
Anne Bancroft in Malibu, 1952
Anne Bancroft in Malibu, 1952
Anne Bancroft in The Turning Point directed by Herbert Ross, 1977
Anne Bancroft in The Turning Point directed by Herbert Ross, 1977
Anne Bancroft by Dennis Stock, 1960
Anne Bancroft by Dennis Stock, 1960
Victor Jory, Patty Duke and Anne Brancroft in The Miracle Worker directed by Arthur Penn, 1962
Victor Jory, Patty Duke and Anne Brancroft in The Miracle Worker directed by Arthur Penn, 1962
Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols, photographed by Bob Willoughby, 1967
Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols, photographed by Bob Willoughby, 1967
Anne Bancroft, 1950's
Anne Bancroft, 1950's
Dom Deluise and Anne Bancroft in Fatso directed by Anne Bancroft, 1980
Dom Deluise and Anne Bancroft in Fatso directed by Anne Bancroft, 1980
Anne Bancroft dancing with her niece Julie at her home by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1958
Anne Bancroft dancing with her niece Julie at her home by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1958
Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker directed by Arthur Penn, 1962
Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker directed by Arthur Penn, 1962
Audie Murphy and Anne Bancroft for Walk The Proud Land directed by Jesse Hibbs, 1956
Audie Murphy and Anne Bancroft for Walk The Proud Land directed by Jesse Hibbs, 1956
Anne Bancroft and John Hurt in The Elephant Man directed by David Lynch, 1980
Anne Bancroft and John Hurt in The Elephant Man directed by David Lynch, 1980
Anne Bancroft on stage for Two for the Seesawn, photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1958
Anne Bancroft on stage for Two for the Seesawn, photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1958
Anne Bancroft by Dennis Stock, 1960
Anne Bancroft by Dennis Stock, 1960
Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft on the set of The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols, photographed by Frank Shugruen, 1967
Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft on the set of The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols, photographed by Frank Shugruen, 1967
Anne Bancroft and Robert Lindsay in Bert Rigby, You're a Fool directed by George Shapiro, 1989
Anne Bancroft and Robert Lindsay in Bert Rigby, You're a Fool directed by George Shapiro, 1989
Margaux Hemingway and Anne Bancroft in Lipstick directed by Lamont Johnson, 1976
Margaux Hemingway and Anne Bancroft in Lipstick directed by Lamont Johnson, 1976
Anne Bancroft in Mr. Jones directed by Mike Figgis, 1993
Anne Bancroft in Mr. Jones directed by Mike Figgis, 1993
Anne Bancroft on the set of The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols, 1967
Anne Bancroft on the set of The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols, 1967
Anne Bancroft by Nina Leen, ca. 1959
Anne Bancroft by Nina Leen, ca. 1959
Anne Bancroft in 7 Women directed by John Ford, 1966
Anne Bancroft in 7 Women directed by John Ford, 1966
Anne Bancroft in 84 Charing Cross Road directed by David Jones, 1987
Anne Bancroft in 84 Charing Cross Road directed by David Jones, 1987
Anne Bancroft in The Pumkin Eater directed by Jack Clayton, photographed by Erich Hartmann, 1963
Anne Bancroft in The Pumkin Eater directed by Jack Clayton, photographed by Erich Hartmann, 1963
Anne Bancroft in The Slender Thread directed by Sydney Pollack, 1965
Anne Bancroft in The Slender Thread directed by Sydney Pollack, 1965
Anne Bancroft, and Charlotte Austin for Gorilla at Large directed by Harmon Jones, 1954
Anne Bancroft, and Charlotte Austin for Gorilla at Large directed by Harmon Jones, 1954
Kirstin Scott Thomas, Sean Penn and Anne Bancroft in Heartbreakers directed by David Mirkin, 2001
Kirstin Scott Thomas, Sean Penn and Anne Bancroft in Heartbreakers directed by David Mirkin, 2001
Victor Mature and Anne Bancroft in The Last Frontier directed by Anthony Mann, 1955
Victor Mature and Anne Bancroft in The Last Frontier directed by Anthony Mann, 1955
Anne Bancroft by Dennis Stock, 1960
Anne Bancroft by Dennis Stock, 1960
Anne Bancroft by Bob Henriques, 1961
Anne Bancroft by Bob Henriques, 1961
Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols, photographed by Bob Willoughby, 1967
Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols, photographed by Bob Willoughby, 1967
Anne Bancroft and Charles Durning in To Be or Not to Be directed by Alan Johnson, 1983
Anne Bancroft and Charles Durning in To Be or Not to Be directed by Alan Johnson, 1983
Anne Bancroft and Sue Lyon in 7 Women directed by John Ford, 1966
Anne Bancroft and Sue Lyon in 7 Women directed by John Ford, 1966
Anne Bancroft in Fatso directed by Anne Bancroft, 1980
Anne Bancroft in Fatso directed by Anne Bancroft, 1980
Anne Bancroft in Garbo Talks directed by Sidney Lumet, 1984
Anne Bancroft in Garbo Talks directed by Sidney Lumet, 1984
Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols, photographed by Bob Willoughby, 1967

Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols, photographed by Bob Willoughby, 1967

Anne Bancroft and Jack Clayton on the set of The Pumkin Eater directed by Jack Clayton, photographed by Erich Hartmann, 1963
Anne Bancroft and Jack Clayton on the set of The Pumkin Eater directed by Jack Clayton, photographed by Erich Hartmann, 1963
Geroge Wyner, Mel Brooks and Anne Brancroft in To Be or Not to Be directed by Alan Johnson, 1983
Geroge Wyner, Mel Brooks and Anne Brancroft in To Be or Not to Be directed by Alan Johnson, 1983
Anne Bancroft for The Girl in Black Stockings directed by Howard W. Koch, 1957
Anne Bancroft for The Girl in Black Stockings directed by Howard W. Koch, 1957
Anne Bancroft for Gorilla at Large directed by Harmon Jones, 1954
Anne Bancroft for Gorilla at Large directed by Harmon Jones, 1954
Anne Bancroft in 84 Charing Cross Road directed by David Jones, 1987
Anne Bancroft in 84 Charing Cross Road directed by David Jones, 1987
Anne Bancroft in 7 Women directed by John Ford, 1966
Anne Bancroft in 7 Women directed by John Ford, 1966
Anne Bancroft by H. V. Drees, 1969
Anne Bancroft by H. V. Drees, 1969
Anne Bancroft, 1955
Anne Bancroft, 1955
Simon Ward and Anne Bancroft in Young Winston directed by Richard Attenborough, 1971
Simon Ward and Anne Bancroft in Young Winston directed by Richard Attenborough, 1971
Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols, photographed by Bob Willoughby,  1967
Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols, photographed by Bob Willoughby, 1967
Anne Bancroft in The Turning Point directed by Herbert Ross, 1977
Anne Bancroft in The Turning Point directed by Herbert Ross, 1977
Anne Bancroft by Earl Leaf, 1953
Anne Bancroft by Earl Leaf, 1953
Anne Bancroft in Great Expectations directed by Alfonso Cuaron, 1998
Anne Bancroft in Great Expectations directed by Alfonso Cuaron, 1998
Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks in To Be or Not to Be directed by Alan Johnson, 1983
Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks in To Be or Not to Be directed by Alan Johnson, 1983
Anne Bancroft in The Pumkin Eater directed by Jack Clayton, 1963
Anne Bancroft in The Pumkin Eater directed by Jack Clayton, 1963
Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine in The Turning Point directed by Herbert Ross, 1977
Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine in The Turning Point directed by Herbert Ross, 1977
Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker directed by Arthur Penn, photographed by Bruce Davidson, 1962
Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker directed by Arthur Penn, photographed by Bruce Davidson, 1962
Anne Bancroft by Dennis Stock, 1960
Anne Bancroft by Dennis Stock, 1960
Anne Bancroft by Bob Henriques, 1961
Anne Bancroft by Bob Henriques, 1961
Anne Bancroft on the set of Don't Bother to Knock directed by Roy Ward Baker, 1952
Anne Bancroft on the set of Don't Bother to Knock directed by Roy Ward Baker, 1952
Anne Bancroft in Jesus of Nazareth directed by Franco Zeffirelli, 1977
Anne Bancroft in Jesus of Nazareth directed by Franco Zeffirelli, 1977
Anne Bancroft in The Turning Point directed by Herbert Ross, 1977
Anne Bancroft in The Turning Point directed by Herbert Ross, 1977
Anne Bancroft in The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols, 1967
Anne Bancroft in The Graduate directed by Mike Nichols, 1967
Jack Clayton, Anne Bancroft and Peter Finch in The Pumkin Eater directed by Jack Clayton, photographed by Eve Arnold, 1963
Jack Clayton, Anne Bancroft and Peter Finch in The Pumkin Eater directed by Jack Clayton, photographed by Eve Arnold, 1963
Anne Bancroft in G.I. Jane directed by Ridley Scott, 1997
Anne Bancroft in G.I. Jane directed by Ridley Scott, 1997
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