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Actress Anne Bancroft Dies at 73

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Most remembered as Mrs. Robinson, film and stage actress Anne Bancroft has died.

She won both a Tony and an Oscar for her role as Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller's teacher, in The Miracle Worker but she's best known for seducing Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate.

Bancroft, who was 73, was married to actor and producer Mel Brooks for almost 50 years and appeared in three of his movies. It was she who suggested he make a musical of his film the producers.

Last year , Bancroft produced her first play in NY, a one woman show. Bancroft was born Anna Maria Louise Italiano in the Bronx.

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