- Was a leading choice to play the mother in Terms of Endearment (1983).
- Was offered the role of Chris MacNeil (the mother) in The Exorcist (1973), but had to turn it down because she was pregnant.
- She and Mel Brooks met on the set of a TV talk show, and Mel later paid a woman who worked on the show to tell him which restaurant Anne was going to eat at that night so he could "accidentally" bump into her again and strike up a conversation.
- Graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan.
- She and Brooks married at New York City Hall, where a passer-by served as their witness.
- Has two sisters.
- Nieces: Julie and Teresa.
- Said that director Arthur Penn had the greatest impact on her career.
- She received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in television. You can find the star at 6368 Hollywood Bld.
- Parents: Michael and Mildred
- Sisters: Joanne (older) and Phyllis (younger)
- Son with Mel Brooks: Max Brooks, born 1972.
- In 1999, she became the fifteenth performer to win the Triple Crown of acting. Oscar: Best Actress, The Miracle Worker (1962), Tonys: Best Supporting Actress-Play, 'Two for the Seesaw' (1958) & Best Actress-Play, 'The Miracle Worker' (1960), and Emmy: Best Supporting Actress-Miniseries/Movie, Deep in My Heart (1999) (TV).
- One of only eight actors to have won both a Tony and an Oscar for having portrayed the same roles on stage and screen. The others are Joel Grey (Cabaret (1972)), Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)), Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady (1964)), Yul Brynner (The King and I (1956)), Paul Scofield (A Man for All Seasons (1966)), José Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)) and Jack Albertson (The Subject Was Roses (1968)).
- Has won two Tony Awards: in 1958, as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "Two For The Seesaw," and in 1960, as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "The Miracle Worker," a role she recreated in her Oscar-winning performance in the film version of the same name, The Miracle Worker (1962). She was also Tony nominated in 1978 as Best Actress (Play) for "Golda," in which she played the title character, Golda Meir.
- In 1967, she accepted the Oscar for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" on behalf of Elizabeth Taylor, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony
- In 1993, she (together with Dustin Hoffman) accepted the Oscar for "Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium" on behalf of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony
- Grandson Henry Michael Brooks born April 2005.
- In 1987, was booked to appear of the British chat show "Wogan" (1982). In the green room 5 minutes before airtime, host Terry Wogan informed her that the show was live. According to Wogan she turned a deathly shade of pale and said she never did live television. In order to calm her down, Wogan suggested that she count 1, 2, 3... before walking on. When she was called onto the set, she could quite noticeably be seen counting whilst walking to her seat. She remained very uncomfortable and all her answers were monosyllabic. Wogan still says she was his most difficult guest.
- She was only 6 years older than Dustin Hoffman when she played his girlfriend's mother in The Graduate (1967).
- Bancroft said that at the start of her career, 20th Century Fox thought that her real name was "too ethnic," and gave her several new options. She chose Bancroft because she thought it sounded dignified.
- Shared a birthday with John Ritter, Roddy McDowall, and Cliff Montgomery.
- After The Graduate (1967), many young men in the years that followed told her she was their first sexual fantasy.
- Italian-American, she was raised Catholic by her parents but converted to Judaism after marrying Mel Brooks.
- She, Mel Brooks and their son Max Brooks all are Emmy-winners.
- Her performance as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967) is ranked #47 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- Was the original choice to play Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest, she left the project once the screenplay was completed.
- In 1963, she won her Oscar for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" against fellow contender Geraldine Page. In 1986, it was Page who won the Oscar for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" beating out Bancroft, who was nominated for her performance in Agnes of God (1985).
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