Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Where Have You Gone, Mrs. Robinson?

Heard the news today that Anne Bancroft passed away. She had an impressive career, making movies for over five decades. I hadn't realized that when she played the unforgettable Mrs. Robinson, she was only 6 years older than Dustin Hoffman. Also hadn't realized she was born Anna Maria Luisa Italiano -- who'd have guessed? I never saw what she considered one of her finer roles, Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, which she played on both stage and screen. After Mrs. Robinson, I think my favorite role of hers was Mrs. Dinsmoor in Alfonso Cuaron's Great Expectations (with Ethan Hawke and Gwynneth Paltrow, a marvelous and underappreciated film).

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