Light a candle for Anne
anytime at this
link. (Note: this
is a new group.)
lovely tribute from Lucie in the Czech Republic:
Hedy B. made this treasured
bracelet ~ isn't it remarkable?
Anne's monument was just
placed (November '07), and her family was kind enough to send these
permission to share them here.
A sweet song you can
download for yourself by clicking below (listen to the snippet and I think
you'll agree). Thanks to Jody for finding this one!
(Firefox users click here)
I always love musical
tributes to Anne. Here is an mp3 that my dear pal Jody H. found from New
York singer/songwriter Mike Skliar, simply entitled "Anna Marie
Italiano." I can't find a CD for it, but here
is his website. Thanks, Mike, this is cute!
From Rosie O'Donnell's blog
from last year (link):
on a plane from ny 2 la i
sat next to mel brooks who was so scared 2 fly he held my hand for 5
he was a young comic
doing stand up on a tv show anne was a guest too love at first sight he
41 years together 2
celebs no less thatís something
she did my show once with
no audience per her request she was kind loving smart and so beautiful
the turning point is my
favorite the miracle worker still astounding
i was so sad to hear she
died made me feel for the first time old
life is short live it up
A very nice tribute
from Paul on this
page caught my eye:
Hard to say why the
passing of some people we never met is so hard, but her passing was a
blow. She was a living example of what it meant to be hundred percent
woman and a hundred percent human. A beauty and a force until the end.
And always with a sly smirk that says everything else that the script or
her face can't say, which wasn't much given her astonishing power as an
actor, except there always is a remainder -- the ineffable -- she had
the spirit to be amused by and wink at.
I too loved 84 Charing
Cross Rd -- the book and especially the movie -- quintessential
Bancroft. I also loved her in Great Expectations, admiring her
daring yet again to play "old", and the infinite set of
possibilities she gave each character we never guessed existed for them
or for us. Have an affair with a graduate? -- learn to talk and write
when you are blind and deaf -- correspond with an English book merchant
from Brooklyn -- WHY NOT she seemed to say -- what have you got to lose
that you ain't gonna lose anyway? Some day. And that some day came and
today is so much poorer.
God bless you in your
next adventure Anne Bancroft. Why not?
In writing to ask Paul's
permission to include it here, I received the following response from him,
which is every bit as eloquent:
Great site. I would be
honored to contribute. Great of you to make it. I will have to look over
more of it when I can.
I still miss Anne
Bancroft -- but a year later she seems a part of the pure pantheon of
human possibility and therefore something we will always have, even if
we don't know where this freedom came from. Like whoever invented the
alphabet or threw yeast in barley water. I am afraid I can't explain
And certainly, if there
is anything like a heaven, Anne is there. And smoking. Telling a story.
And watching something in the distance.
I don't know if you ever
met her, but she always seemed to me different than the usual
"star" -- I always imagined that if I ran into her on the
subway (I'll bet she still took the subway at times) that if I had
something amusing or interesting to say I could just talk to her. She
didn't suffer fools I would guess, but she didn't keep herself apart
either on principle. She had such intelligence in her eyes. She seemed
so alive. And quick.
I associate her with a
certain quality of feeling which is where I wrote from. I mention that,
because a similar quality of feeling is in the works of Leonard Cohen.
And luckily, I got to see him last weekend at the LA Film Festival. Do
you know his work? If you don't, I am guessing you would appreciate it,
given your understanding of Bancroft. Smart with heart.
acoustic song dedicated to the late Anne Bancroft, who was best known for
her role as the seductive Mrs. Robinson in the movie The Graduate."
for Anne Bancroft"
written and produced by The Tonics created 07-27-05
(at the next page, click on arrow to
Who is that standing round
Who is that giving sense
To a blind and deaf and angry lonely girl
"Ooh what is love?" you washed her hands
And saw her lips remain untouched
Love is two in one
Goodbye Annie Sullivan
Who was that standing round
While he was growing up
And who seduced a world that's looking for
Swept down those icy clouds above
Showed us the way to stay corrupt
Like a loaded gun
Goodbye Mrs. Robinson
These are the things you've given us
Red visions of that sensual trust
You made us dangerous
Goodbye from your graduate
created this hazy pic because to me, it represents so beautifully the way
that I perceived Anne Bancroft's relationship with Mel Brooks. It's so
sweet, they so completely and thoroughly enjoyed each other's presence. I
like to think of them together this way. -- LF
Anne Bancroft touched this preacher forever. And I will always be grateful
for the impact she had on my life. It was not her role in The Graduate
that touched me. It was not her role in The Miracle Worker that
touched my soul. Anne Bancroft will always be branded in my life because
of one line she spoke when she played Mary Magdalene in Zeffirelli's film,
Jesus of Nazareth.
This old preacher has been blessed to speak in over 5,000 services to
almost 20,000,000 in the last 11 years. But it was Anne Bancroft's line to
the apostles that touched me so much. I have used it many times because it
was so real to me.
Anne I pray I will see you in heaven, I will pray for your husband Mel
almost everyday. Thank you for being part of my life.
She was born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano to Italian immigrant parents in
the Bronx district of New York on September 17, 1931. While still at
primary school, she decided that she wanted to act, having starred as Mama
Bear in a production of Goldilocks. After high school, she attended
the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and moonlighted for a
local television station. As Anne Marno, she made her television debut in The
Goldbergs in 1950. Anne Bancroft won an Oscar in 1962 for her
powerfully moving portrayal of Annie Sullivan, the inspiring teacher of
the young Helen Keller in the film The Miracle Worker.
She died June 6, 2005 of cancer. Will you please post a prayer for her and
I was so moved by the moment when she knelt at the apostles' feet and
almost begged them to believe her that Jesus was alive. How true this is
even today. Even if you saw Jesus yourself so few would believe what you
Thank you, Anne, for touching so many.
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Thanks, AB. -- from LF)
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