Idols Anne Bancroft, here’s to you… Published 2 years ago on August 21, 2016 As many an aging actress knows, Hollywood can be an unfriendly place for no-longer-young leading ladies and sex symbols. And yet, the dark-haired, sensuous Anne Bancroft did just that-maintaining a healthy career in an industry that prizes youth and the next big thing. But Bancroft, who seduced critics, fans and Dustin Hoffman as suburban succubus Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967), never relied on looks alone. She was always the total package–beautiful, distinctive features, witty, seductive eyes and acting talent radiating from her pores. After spending the 1950s plying her trade in schlocky Hollywood fare such as Gorilla at Large (1954) and Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954), Bancroft soon returned to the theater in her native New York City. The Bronx-born Italian-American Bancroft (nee Anna Maria Louisa Italiano) proved a sensation onstage, winning Tony’s for “Two for the Seesaw” (1958) and “The Miracle Worker” (1960), playing Helen Keller’s caregiver/mentor, a role she would reprise in the eponymous film version (1962), winning a Best Actress Oscar®. The Miracle Worker was of course the first of Bancroft’s iconic roles. In director Mike Nichol’s landmark The Graduate (1967), her turn as bored, libidinous housewife Mrs. Robinson earned her an Oscar® nod and the unofficial title of Most Desirable Older Woman in film. No role after that garnered Bancroft as much attention or notoriety, but the actress continued to work steadily. She starred in The Turning Point (1977) as one half of a bitter rivalry between former prima ballerinas; directed and produced Fatso (1980), and appeared in husband Mel Brooks’ (they married in 1964) To Be or Not to Be (1983). She also lent her talent to such 1980s hits as Agnes of God (1985) and Torch Song Trilogy (1988) and in small but lauded films such as 84 Charing Cross Road (1986). The work kept on coming through the 1990s and into the new millennium, with Bancroft appearing in Point of No Return (1993), How to Make an American Quilt (1995), G.I. Jane (1997), the Ethan Hawke/Gwyneth Paltrow Great Expectations (1998) and Up at the Villa (2000). Sadly she died in 2005 of cancer. She was 73. Anne BancroftDustin HoffmanMel BrooksThe Graduate Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes10 hours ago Your Worst Nightmare: Behind the Barn (S5EP8 ID Sat 23 Feb 2019) Behind the Barn: When 20-year-old college student Kristy Ray is kidnapped from her home in rural Tippah County, Miss., in... Episodes10 hours ago Ghost Adventures: Gates of Hell House (S15EP12 Travel Sat 23 Feb 2019) Gates of Hell House: The crew investigate intense paranormal activity at “the Freakling Bros., Trilogy of Terror,” an infamous haunted... Episodes10 hours ago Who’s Stalking Me? (Lifetime Sat 23 Feb 2019, Chelsea Ricketts, Michael Welch) Following a near-death experience when an attacker breaks into her home, Amanda can’t shake the feeling that she’s still in... Episodes10 hours ago Ransom: Black Dolphin (S3EP2 CBS Sat 23 Feb 2019) Black Dolphin: The FBI asks Eric to use his negotiating expertise to convince the brainwashed survivor of an internet predator... Episodes10 hours ago Heart of Darkness: Gambling With the Devil (S1EP3 ID Sat 23 Feb 2019) Gambling With the Devil: When the police arrive on the scene, a few blocks from the Isle Casino in Pompano... search EPISODES Episodes10 hours ago Love on the Menu (Hallmark 23 Feb 2019, Autumn Reeser, Kavan Smith) When chef Hank makes a deal with frozen food executive Maggie to save his restaurant, their unexpected attraction complicates matters,... Episodes2 days ago The Blacklist: Minister D (S6EP9 NBC Fri 22 Feb 2019) Minister D: While Red (James Spader) fights in court to clear his name of treason once and for all, Liz... Episodes2 days ago Hawaii Five-0: Hapai ke kuko, hanau ka hewa (S9EP16 CBS Fri 22 Feb 2019) Hapai ke kuko, hanau ka hewa: When the top salesperson for a beauty company/pyramid scheme is murdered, Five-0 sifts through... advertisement MOVIES Movies1 week ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies1 week ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies1 week ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.