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|Also Known As:||Ann Marvak,Anne Lloyd Francis,Ann Francis||Died:||January 2, 2011|
|Born:||September 16, 1930||Cause of Death:||complications of pancreatic cancer|
|Birth Place:||Ossining, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
Smoldering sex symbol Anne Francis is most remembered for her role in the sci-fi movie "Forbidden Planet" and her title part in the detective show "Honey West." Born in 1930 in Ossining, New York, Francis began work as a model as a young girl and made her Broadway debut at just 11 years old. She starting appearing as beautiful blondes in motion pictures in the late '40s, an archetype that continued into the mid-'50s when she starred opposite Spencer Tracy in the thriller "Bad Day at Black Rock" as the only kind soul in an inhospitable town. Francis took the lead in the '55 juvenile delinquent classic "Blackboard Jungle" before journeying to the future with Leslie Nielsen's hero in "Forbidden Planet," playing one of the alien world's few surviving inhabitants. In the '60s, Francis began to act extensively on the small screen, and took the starring role in "Honey West"; she played a comely private eye who solves her cases with the help of hi-tech gadgets, sex appeal, and her pet ocelot, Bruce. Although she rarely appeared in feature films during subsequent decades, Francis maintained an active career on television well into her 70s; she died in 2011 at age 80.
tod1964 ( 2007-05-08 )
Source: Internet Movie Database
Beautiful, curvaceous, mole-lipped Anne Francis got into show business quite early in life. At age 6, she became a John Robert Powers model and swiftly moved into radio soaps in New York. By 11, she was on Broadway with Gertrude Lawrence in "Lady in the Dark". MGM put her under contract after WWII where she appeared in a couple of obscure starlet bits, both musical and dramatic, but nothing came of it. Trekking back to New York, she appeared to good notice during TV's "Golden Age" and was discovered by Darryl F. Zanuck as a juvenile delinquent in the low budget film So Young So Bad (1950), which led to a 20th-Century Fox contract. She soon starred in a number of promising blonde ingenue roles, including Elopement (1951), Lydia Bailey (1952) and Dreamboat (1952), along with co-starring opposite some of Hollywood's finest leading man in some noteworthy 50s classics: Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) opposite Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan, Blackboard Jungle (1955) starring Glenn Ford and a rising Sidney Poitier, and the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet (1956) with a dead-serious Leslie Nielsen. But, for the most part, her roles emphasized her fetching looks than her acting ability and she soon refocused, finding a comfortable niche on 60s television. She found a most appreciative audience as an Emma Peel-like detective in the short-lived cult series "Honey West" (1965), where she combined glamour and a sexy veneer with judo throws and karate chops. She returned to films only on occasion after that, the most controversial being Funny Girl (1968), in which her co-starring role as Barbra Streisand's chorine pal was reduced to a glorified cameo and a lawsuit ensued. She also appeared gratuitously opposite top film comics in some of their worst vehicles: Hook, Line & Sinker (1969) starring Jerry Lewis, and The Love God? (1969) with Don Knotts, which did absolutely nothing to further her career. She remained, however, a bright, colorful, decorative, wise-cracking presence in a slew of TV-movies well into the 90s. For such a promising start and with such amazing stamina and longevity, the girl with the sexy mole really deserved better.
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