Anne Bancroft: Frequently Asked Questions

Anne Bancroft



Frequently Asked Questions About Anne Bancroft

Here is a compilation of questions most frequently asked about Anne Bancroft or about this website. If you have a question that is not answered below, please write me at sysop @ and I'll do my best to answer your question, or find someone who can.

When Anne married Mel, did she convert?
Anne was raised Catholic by her parents, and contrary to anything you may hear otherwise, she did not convert to Judaism after marrying Mel Brooks. (My source on this is unimpeachable: her family!)

Was Anne nude in The Graduate?
According to my best sources, it had always been my understanding that she had a body double for the extremely brief nude shots. My beliefs about this were confirmed when I saw side-by-side photos someone posted on the internet of Anne's tan lines in that scene and the tan lines of her double -- they are very different. Their skin tones don't even match. I suppose that constitutes proof, no?
Update - Click image to download. I finally got a chance to see Anne's interview with Charlie Rose, and she talked about this. She said that when she took the part, she had fully intended to do the nude scene herself. But when the time came, she said she just could not bring herself to do it. Mike Nichols was furious. So they were forced to bring in a double. Thus, once and for all, it has been confirmed by Anne herself!

Is that Anne singing in Don't Bother to Knock?
For her first Hollywood movie, Don't Bother to Knock, Anne was cast as a singer. However, it was felt that her voice was weak in the upper registers, so she had to lip-synch to the dulcet tones of Eve Marley. If you are still waiting to hear Anne sing ballads, I'll be posting samples from her variety shows at the Experience page very soon, and I guarantee that you'll be knocked out by her incredible vocal talent. Eve who??

How many children does Anne have?
Anne's son with Mel Brooks, Max, was born in May 1972. I've got a special nook for him here so you can read more about him.

That's Anne's leg on The Graduate poster, right?
The leg on the poster for The Graduate actually belongs to model Linda Grey, who later went on to star in the TV show "Dallas."

Was Anne in the movie The Bell Jar?
My original knee-jerk answer to this question was "absolutely not!", but I did a great deal of research to ensure that she wasn't perhaps originally cast, or had done some work on the film before pulling out, etc. As far as I can ascertain, her name got confused with Anne Jackson's (who is in the film), and somewhere along the line, the confusion stuck. So I believe my original answer is correct.

When is Delgo coming out? First it was supposed to come out in 2005, now it's 2006... has it been shelved?
As far as I can tell, it is in post-production. Check out their website here for further developments.

About the site: why did you launch it before you had all of the areas completed?
Because life is short... why wait? If I waited until the site's "finished," it would never get launched at all, because a good site is never truly "finished." This site needs to be up now, not ten years from now. I feel that I have enough posted in the various areas so you can see where I'm going with this, and it's my hope that you'll be intrigued enough to bookmark it and come back for a visit and see all the new stuff next time!

Do you have a question that is not answered here, or perhaps over at Trivia? Write me at sysop @ I'll do my best to answer it, or find someone who can. Plus, if you'd like to make a correction, or an addition, to the above FAQ's, don't hesitate to write.




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