Anne Bancroft was an American actor, singer, director and screenwriter, also known to be one of the very few female method actors in the industry. She started her acting career in the early 50s with a supporting role in the film ‘Dont Bother to Knock’ and carried on with that until the end of 50s with films such as ‘The Raid’, ‘Gorilla at Large’, ‘Nightfall’ and ‘The Restless Breed’.
Her career turned around with the film ‘The Miracle Worker’, where she won many major awards for her leading role. That success streak continued with the next film ‘The Pumpkin Eater’ and this consecutive commercial and critical success established her as one of the major leading actresses of her time.
After that, there were some successful films, such as ‘The Graduate’, ‘The Turning Point’, ‘The Agnes of God’, ‘How to make an American Quilt’, ‘Heartbreakers’, ‘Malice’ and ‘The Sunchaser’. Her glorious film career was perfectly complemented by her television roles in series’ such as ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ and ‘Curb your Enthusiasm’. Among all her best roles, there were a few that didn’t translate into as much success as most of her roles and she faced failures in films such as ‘The Kid from Left Field’ and ‘The Naked Street’.
The Elephant Man is based on the true-life story of Joseph Merrick, who is referred to as John Merrick in the movie. Dr. Frederick Treves discovers John, born with severe physical deformities, earning his living as the Elephant Man. The movie depicts John’s rise in high London society, his refined soul, and his tragic death.
The Graduate, which won an Academy Award for Best director, revolves around the life of fresh college graduate Benjamin Braddock who is seduced into having an affair by Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father’s partner. He is persuaded by his family to go out with Elaine, Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, but things get complicated when Benjamin falls in love with Elaine.
A satirical Western comedy, Blazing Saddles features a criminal who is appointed as the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge in order to anger the residents into abandoning town so that a scheming attorney general can profit from the railroad planned to pass through town. But the sheriff manages to win over the residents and save the town from destruction.
Set during the American Civil War, the story follows a group of Confederate prisoners escaping to Canada; but intending to return to America to rob banks for replenishing their finance and to take revenge. Later, they move to St. Alabama under various guises, where they wait for the appointed day, meanwhile developing relationship with the town folks.
Impressed with hit-man Nick Magellan’s skills, New York’s organized crime boss Charlie Lupo hires him and the two form a bond. Charlie’s daughter Kathy is drawn to Nick, but he maintains his distance. When Kathy gets killed in car-crash, a distraught Charlie decides to cooperate with police. Afraid that he’ll expose them, the syndicate members contact Nick for a contract on Charlie.
Silent Movie is a comedy film which tells the story of Mel Funn, who used to be a great film director in Hollywood at one point. However, his career declined due to his drinking problem. Along with his sidekicks, he decides to make the first silent movie in forty years, in order to make a comeback.
Ex-baseball player and peanut-vendor ‘Coop’ Cooper gives finer tips about the game to his 9-year-old son Christie. When appointed as new bat-boy, Christie passes on suggestions which improve the game of the struggling major league team. As a publicity stunt, team-owner Fred Whacker names Christie as the youngest team manager. But when Christie falls ill, Coop has to step in as manager.
When mob kingpin Phil ‘Regal’ learns that his unmarried younger sister Roselle Regalzyk is pregnant and her boyfriend Nick Bradna is in prison facing death sentence, the influential Phil engineers his release to get them married. Later, as Roselle miscarries following a medical complication, Nick starts cheating on her. This is unacceptable to Phil who sets out to get even with Nick.
A modern adaption of Charles Dickens’ eponymous classic, the film centers on Finn, an orphan raised by his sister’s boyfriend. Much later, he becomes a painter and is invited to hold an exhibition at a New York gallery. Although perplexed, he moves to the city, where he once again meets his childhood love. But who is really is benefactor?
After being cheated out of his inheritance by his evil uncle, a French man Jean-Paul, decides to go to Gautemala in search of a famed Mayan treasure.
Keeping the Faith is a romantic comedy film, which tells the story of a priest and a rabbi, who have been friends since boyhood. However, when both of them fall for the same woman, their friendship is under strain.
Andy and Tracy are a happily married couple, who are looking forward to having kids. However, due to an illness, Tracy is operated on by Dr Jed Pill, a friend, but the surgery leaves her unable to have children. She leaves her husband, but eventually Andy realizes that Tracy is a con-woman and together with Jed, she had faked her illness to claim the insurance money.
Max and Page Corners are a brilliant mother-daughter con team, targeting rich and wealthy men. Their modus operandi is simple. First Max marries a willing target and then Page seduces him. Later Max catches her husband, leading to quick divorce and a hefty alimony. Once that is done, they start looking for their next target. It generally works.
To avoid being executed, Maggie agrees to work as an assassin for a covert government agency in exchange for her life. However, when she falls in love, she thinks about quitting this life.
This 1997 action drama film revolves around a woman, who with the help of a female US Senator, succeeds in getting enrolled for training in the US Navy Special Warfare Group. However, due to being physically more feminine compared to the other candidates, everyone expects her to fail.
Honeymoon in Vegas is a romantic comedy film which tells the story of a commitment-phobic man, named Jack, who loses a significant sum of money to Tommy, in a game of poker which was rigged by the latter. Since he is unable to pay the debt, Tommy demands Jack to let him spend a weekend with Betsy, his fiancée.
Gorilla at Large is a horror mystery film, which tells the story of Detective Garrison, as he is investigating a vicious murder committed at a theme park. Initially, it appears that the show gorilla Goliath is the culprit. However, as he digs deeper, Garrison realizes that many of the entertainers and staff at the park are probably involved in the crime.
Dracula: Dead and Loving it is a comedy horror film, which is a parody of the classic vampire story as well as its popular film adaptations. The story revolves around Count Dracula who moves from his castle to Victorian London with his assistant, and is also hunting for flesh blood. He soon comes across two gorgeous young women.
Z, a worker ant striving to break away from his monotonous routine and express his individuality, falls in love with beautiful princess Bala when she visits a bar to escape suffocating royal life. He switches places with soldier friend Weaver to see her again, and unwittingly becomes the colony's only hope against a coup d'état by General Mandible.
Anne Bancroft Awards
|The Miracle Worker||Best Actress in a Leading Role||1963|
|The Graduate||Best Actress - Comedy or Musical||1968|
|The Pumpkin Eater||Best Actress - Drama||1965|
|Deep in My Heart||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie||1999|
|Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man||Outstanding Variety or Musical Program - Variety and Popular Music||1970|
|84 Charing Cross Road||Best Actress||1988|
|The Pumpkin Eater||Best Foreign Actress||1965|
|The Miracle Worker||Best Foreign Actress||1963|