"Life is not measured by the number
of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath
My friends and
fannes: at the moment, there are several things working against keeping
this website current. My biggest concern is that with my new computer, I
will not be able to access the site at all; my website editor simply will
not operate on it. Until I can obtain new software & learn how to use
it, things will have to remain suspended here. In addition, I have
something else going on that requires my complete focus and attention. I
hope you understand, and that you'll still visit here from time to time. I
just renewed the site for a year, so it's not going anywhere. You can
still light a candle for Annie here,
just as I do almost every day. This site can stand as a tribute, but it's
worthless without all of you out there keeping her memory alive, sharing
her films and her life with others. I hope it won't be terribly long
until I'm back in the saddle here. Thanks so much to all of you for
enjoying this fabulous lady enough to find this place!
Now, then, which AB movie are you going to watch next?
individuality is all, all, that we have... blessed in the twinkle of the
morning star is the one who nurtures it and rides it, in grace and love
and wit. ~ Tom Robbins
ago today, an amazing individual came to the planet, graced it with
velvety exuberance, amazing talent, utter grace, unmatched wit... and left
it, and us, changed forever. Her smile lit up the world. Her eyes could
break our hearts, warm us to our marrow, or scare the hell out of us,
depending on what she was choosing to convey. Take a moment and do something a little special to
remember her today! I can't imagine what my life would have been like
without her, and I do not even want to try.
A fanne named Ellie in
I just wanted to add that
I am currently designing a new tattoo for myself which will be a pin-up
of Mrs. Robinson and everything will be Anne-related! She is so
Interesting item from Mike
He explained that
Bancroft was always his first choice to play Mrs. Robinson despite
speculation that he originally wanted Doris Day for the part. Nichols
explained that he told Bancroft that the key to Mrs. Robinson is the
character’s anger at having sold out for a life of wealth. He said
Bancroft once told him, “I feel as though I never lost my anger after
that.” Nichols described Bancroft as never having done the expected
thing in any of her subsequent roles.
Fatso conjures up
nice reflections, and dangers, of growing up Italian here.
Looking for some light
reading? It's not really Anne-related, but it's still enjoyable because
it's about Dustin Hoffman. Anne is only mentioned, but do continue reading
if you've got some time to spare -- The Day Dustin Hoffman's House Blew
My wife and I (and our
three-year-old son) lived at 16 West 11th Street in a house owned by Joe
Hazan and his wife, the painter Jane Freilicher. We lived on the third
floor. Dustin Hoffman and his wife and daughter lived on the second
floor. Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft owned a house down the street and
rented half of it to James Goldman, who wrote The Lion in Winter.
Barbara Harris rented an apartment across the street. Actress Cynthia
Harris and her husband, producer Gene Wolsk, owned a house. Among these
artists, actors, writers, there was a certain contact. But generally, as
in most of Manhattan, there was something insular and isolated about the
lives of the people on the street. Until the house at 18 West 11th
Mel Brooks Remembers
Love Anne Bancroft: "We Were Glued Together"
(Sigh) so nice. Here.
to keep the candles for Anne going all year long. If you ever want to
light a candle for her, the group I created exclusively for her candles is
link. The candles
only stay lit for a couple of days, but I find it very comforting
to stop and light one during the week and remember Annie. I hope to see you there sometime!
If you would like to share
memories or thoughts about any of Anne's performances, I'd love to include
them here for fellow fannes to enjoy.
If you enjoyed your
visit & would like to help keep this site going:
Remembrance is love's
life after a terribly, um, challenging winter and spring... thanks
for your patience.
Duke directs the show that made her famous
Bancroft became lifelong friends. During rehearsals at Interplayers,
Duke sported the charm bracelet that Bancroft gave her – which
includes two boxing gloves, representing their fight scene.
with Mel here.
Brooks winds up our
conversation with a lyrical memory from Florida. His mother retired to
Miami Beach, and Brooks and his late wife, Anne Bancroft, had a place on
nearby Fisher Island. When in Florida, he enjoyed going to the
Gulfstream and Hialeah horse racetracks.
Hialeah, especially, was
amazing when the pink flamingos that roosted in the infield would fly
around the track. "Ah, the flamingos at Hialeah,'' Brooks says.
"It would make your heart stop it was so beautiful.''
Funnyman Mel Brooks
apparently is getting the last laugh in real estate, too. The director
of ribald comedy classics such as Blazing Saddles, The
Producers and Young Frankenstein has listed his
4,000-square-foot, oceanview condominium in a Santa Monica, Calif.,
high-rise for $5,995,000.
The ninth-floor unit was
created from four contiguous apartments and features hardwood floors,
built-in cabinets and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass panels that enhance
the killer Pacific Ocean views.
Brooks was married to
actress Anne Bancroft, who died of cancer in 2005. He is said to own at
least five residences scattered in both California and New York.
I hate reading
a tease like this and not hearing the entire story!
acting includes recurring and guest roles in many notable TV series and
films, and she is probably the voice on your cell phone’s GPS, so
kindly stop yelling at her (although she herself was once yelled at by
article, but why in the world would they leave out Anne in the
"family of writers??"
Brooks Family of Writers: Michelle, Max and Mel
how his mother shaped his personality. “She was very analytical. She was
always perceived by the public as Mrs. Robinson but that’s not who she
was. Her favorite book was The Microbe Hunters, about the discovery of
viruses. She’d read caveman stories and books about human evolution and
early farmers to me when I was a kid. My dad was fascinated by history.
These two people were like Russian spies or sleeper agents – not
anything like how the world saw them.”
bothers Max about growing up as Mel’s and Anne’s son, it’s the
rudeness. “We couldn’t go out without being interrupted, especially by
Jewish guys my dad’s age who would try to convince him they could’ve
been Mel Brooks had they not gone to dental school and that my dad was
just lucky and they were just as funny.
(much more at the link here)
Max is growing
his own sugar these
flick is showcased at this
blog, with great
pics like this one!
courtesy C. Parker
October 22, 2010
Hedy has sent
word that Garbo Talks is available for instant viewing on Netflix!
Paul sent this
from the Jeopardy archive... nice! "I'll take Women's Firsts for
interesting item here
(although the first sentence makes me cringe). Sony has a new program to
provide DVDs on demand -- even if only one customer wants them -- for just
$19.94 plus shipping!!
Performances by Anne
Bancroft, Kirk Douglas, Omar Sharif and other silver-screen stars are
available digitally, but too many of their films lack enough fans ()
to justify, from a commercial standpoint, the printing of entire runs of
DVDs leaving unfulfilled those viewers who would pay for them.
Making matters worse,
some — by no means all — fans of those classics lack the equipment
or inclination to stream or download movies to their television sets.
What’s a movie studio to do?
To solve this long-tail
riddle, Sony’s Columbia Classics’ new Screen Classics by Request
department will manufacture any film from a catalog with 100 titles for
starters, in the DVD format, accepting orders by web or phone. Titles
available at launch include The Pumpkin Eater (1964, Anne Bancroft,
Peter Finch), Footsteps in the Fog (1955, Stewart Granger, Jean
Simmons), The Juggler (1953, Kirk Douglas), I Never Sang For My Father
(1970, Melvyn Douglas and Gene Hackman) and Genghis Kahn (1965, Omar