Born: September 17, 1931, The Bronx, New York
Died: June 6, 2005 (age 73), New York City, New York
Bancroft was an American method actress. She was born Anna Maria Louisa
Italiano in the Bronx, New York, the daughter of Mildred (née DiNapoli),
a telephone operator, and Michael Italiano, a dress pattern maker. Her
parents were both children of Italian immigrants.
What do you know about Anne Bancroft? Try this quick quiz.
1. Bancroft graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in the
Bronx in 1948, and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the
Actors Studio, and the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for
Women at UCLA. After appearing in a number of live television dramas
under he stage name, she was told to change her surname for her film
debut in Don't Bother to Knock in 1952. What was the stage name
she was told to change?
2. In 1958 she appeared opposite Henry Fonda in the Broadway
production of Two for the Seesaw, for which she won a Tony Award,
and another in 1962 for The Miracle Worker. What role did she win
the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1962?
3. A highly acclaimed television special, "Annie: the Women in
the Life of a Man" won her an Emmy award for her singing and
acting. Bancroft is one of a very select few entertainers to win an
Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony award. True or False?
4. Her best-known role, that of the married Mrs. Robinson, a woman
who seduces a much-younger recent college graduate. What is the age
difference between Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman?
5. In 1961, Bancroft met Mel Brooks in a rehearsal for the Perry Como
variety show. When did they get married?
6. Bancroft died on June 6, 2005 of uterine cancer at Mount Sinai
Hospital in New York City. Her death came as a surprise to even some of
Bancroft's friends; she was intensely private and had not released
details of her illness. True or False?
7. Where is Anne Bancroft buried?