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Anne Bancroft was quoted saying about her husband, Mel Brooks, "i get excited Old Hollywood, Hollywood Couples, Celebrity Couples, Hollywood Stars, Classic Hollywood, George Beauty Tips, Celebrity Style and Fashion Advice from. Still in love: Mel Brooks reminisced about his late wife Anne Bancroft was a multi-award winning stage and screen actress who was made .. her very casual legal marriage ceremony which included her dog some retail therapy with celebrity stylist EJ King The Claws donned a a striking yet casual outfit. Despite these and other comments about a mis-match, the marriage proved It was also creative, and Brooks served as executive producer on movies in Under her new name Anne Bancroft she made her movie debut in Don't Plus three sessions a week with her therapist. . Mel Brooks · obituaries.
Her seesaw career took a downturn with the dull The Hindenburgin which she played a Countess, and hit rock bottom with the garish revenge thriller Lipstick Her luck improved when Audrey Hepburn declined the role of the prima ballerina in The Turning Pointgiving Bancroft a substantial role as the bitchy rival to Shirley Maclaine.
After another long career gap, she returned to the screen with Fatsowhich she also wrote and directed. It was little shown and she was grateful for the tellingly elegant role of Mrs Kendal in The Elephant Man.
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This was her second film with Anthony Hopkins and they were reunited - albeit from opposite sides of the Atlantic - for the rather less distinguished 84 Charing Cross Road She was busy on the screen during the s, working little in the theatre after a disappointing response to Golda, another play by William Gibson. She was an altogether different Ma in Torch Song Trilogywhere an over-the -top performance was a mixed blessing in a high camp version of a theatrical success.
Throughout that decade she broke her tradition of long absences between movie roles, notching up a couple of appearances - often in character parts - each year. Amidst Hollywood's welter of juvenile, special effects-led films her warmth, intelligence and stylish presence became somewhat sidelined. She took the title role in the TV drama Mrs Cage and had a fun time in the oddball comedy Honeymoon in Vegas both There were fraught moments in the thrillers Malice and a remake of Luc Besson's Nikita re-titled Assassin.
In this she played the role originally created by Jeanne Moreau, an actress of similar sophistication.
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She was wasted as a doctor in Mr Jones, which director Mike Figgis disowned after studio interference. There were further television dramas, The MotherHomecoming and most potent of all Deep in My Heart for which she received an Emmy as best supporting actress. There was a nonsensical desire on the part of directors to cast her years above her attractive self: Among her gallery of elderly grotesques none was more triumphant than the terrifying Mrs Dinsmoor in the stylish updating of Great Expectation There were few such lush movies to be had, but she made a feisty, inherently corrupt senator in GI Jane and was ideally cast voicing the Queen in the animated hit Antz.
There were also documentaries to narrate and the inevitable personal appearances saluting husband Brooks and co-star Dustin Hoffman or indeed the whole history of American cinema in the AFI's Years, Movies. Bancroft could always be relied on to add a touch of class to movies - especially if they had literary, religious or social themes and she kept busy with Up at the Villa, the factually-based Haven and Edward Norton's directorial debut Keeping the Faith.
Some lighter relief came with the smart comedy Heartbreakerswhere she was played dual roles in a story about mother and daughter con artists who relieve widowers of their wealth. She played the third side of the triangle, belatedly revealed as one of the tricksters. He came home as this very stressed, overworked man, self-made man, who had risen himself out of extreme poverty and had built an empire of comedy and was trying to maintain that in an ever-changing world of morphing tastes.
So I saw the stress, I saw the panic, I saw the man who was watching studio heads change and friends die off and And [he was] always trying to stay one step ahead. That's what I saw. And I think I'm glad I had that You have to remember that my father came from a generation where if you put a roof over your head and food on the table, you're father of the year. My dad also didn't have a dad. My father's father died of tuberculosis when my father was 2 years old.Anne Bancroft Press Interview at American Comedy Awards (1996)
So this sort of new-agey notion that a dad is also a pal, that was not in my house. What I did get from my father was stability. Interview on her role in the Broadway play "Two for the Seesaw".
The New York Times There are always good parts. They may not pay what you want, and they may not have as many days' work as you want, they may not have the billing that you want, they may not have a lot of things, but — the content of the role itself — I find there are many roles.
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Associated Press interview If there are, let's say, 20 astronauts, there may be two women among those 20 astronauts. If there are 20 FBI guys, there's one woman and the rest are men. So when somebody writes a script about life, usually the leading role will be the man, because mostly what women do is at home taking care of the children That's the most important job there is on Earth.
And why shouldn't women have it since they are the better of the two sexes?