On Thursday, my friend Sarah had a link to a film that starred Anne Bancroft, which started me thinking about what a fabulous actress she was, and the first time I ever saw her in a film called The Pumpkin Eater way back in 1964, which was also the year she married Mel Brooks. The following videos show her versatility, two that were unknown to me, amidst the amazing catalog of her theatrical and film work. The Pumpkin Eater was my favorite film drama of hers, but at the end of her career, my favorite was a comedy, a nostalgic look back at a family with all their dysfunctions and love. It's called Home for the Holidays. It has a memorable cast, and I watch it every year at Thanksgiving, to remind myself of my own seriously interesting family!
Anne and David Susskind in a spoof called BIMBO
Anne in a skit from 1970... a real tongue twister!
This is a wonderful clip of her many many faces... Love you Anne...
I hope you enjoyed these clips, and that you remember Anne Bancroft fondly. To me, she stood alone, completely separate from any other performer, not only because of her acting skill, but for her great wit, her sense of humor, that revealed her joy in living and her gift to us all.