Acted in local dramatics; appeared at Neighborhood Playhouse where she was spotted by TV producer and given starring role; acted as Anne Marno; appeared on more than fifty TV shows in two years
Made professional debut as Anne Marno on TV in "Studio One" production, "The Torrents of Spring"
Appeared as a semi-regular in the TV series, "The Goldbergs", billed as Anne Marno
Film acting debut in "Don't Bother to Knock", billed as Anne Bancroft
Returned to New York stage; made Broadway debut in "Two For the Seesaw", directed by Arthur Penn; won first Tony Award
Became a Broadway star with her award-winning turn as Annie Sullivan in "The Miracle Worker", also directed Penn; received second Tony Award
Returned to films after a five-year absence, recreating her stage role in "The Miracle Worker", helmed by Penn; received Best Actress Oscar
Had title role in Broadway production of "Mother Courage and Her Children"
Delivered a strong turn as a would-be suicide in "The Slender Thread"
Played Regina Giddings in Broadway revival of "The Little Foxes"
Became a cultural icon playing Mrs. Robinson, who seduces her daughter's boyfriend, in "The Graduate"; earned third Best Actress Oscar nomination
Starred in the acclaimed CBS variety special "Annie: the Women in the Life of a Man"; won Emmy
Cast as Jennie Jerome Churchill in the biopic "Young Winston"
Hosted the ABC variety special "Annie and the Hoods"
First screen teaming with husband Mel Brooks, a cameo doing the tango in "Silent Movie"
Portrayed Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in the stage drama "Golda"; received Tony nomination
Appeared as Mary Magdalene in the NBC miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth", directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Offered a fine turn as an aging ballerina in "The Turning Point"; garnered fourth Oscar nomination
Directed unreleased film, "The August"
Essayed role of actress Madge Kendal in "The Elephant Man", produced by Brooks' company and directed by David Lynch
Feature film directorial and screenwriting debut, "Fatso"; also co-starred
Appeared as a musician stricken with a degenerative disease in the Broadway play "Duet for One", loosely inspired by the life of Jacqueline du Pre
Co-starred as the title character's mother in the NBC miniseries "Marco Polo"
Teamed with Brooks as stars of the remake of "To Be or Not to Be", directed by Alan Johnson
Received fifth Best Actress Academy Award nomination as the mother superior in "Agnes of God"
Played Sissy Spacek's parent in the screen version of Marsha Norman's play "'night Mother"
Starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in "84 Charing Cross Road"
Played Harvey Fierstein's nagging mother in "Torch Song Trilogy"
Starred in the British TV series "Max & Freddie"
Delivered two Emmy-nominated performances: as a woman who has confessed to committing murder in the PBS drama "Mrs. Cage" and as the playwright's mother (who once danced with George Raft) in the ABC adaptation of "Neil Simon's Broadway Bound"
Made cameo appearance as a gypsy woman who dispenses "Love Potion No. 9"
Earned an Emmy nomination for playing the centenarian title character in "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All" (CBS)
Starred as an elderly widow determined to resume working in the garment industry in the remake of Paddy Chayefsky's "The Mother" (PBS)
Appeared as another gypsy (named Madame Ouspenskaya) in Mel Brooks' "Dracula: Dead and Loving It"
Cast as a US Senator championing the cause of women in the military in "G.I. Jane"
Delivered a juicy, highly theatrical turn as Miss Dinsmoor, the Miss Haversham character, in the modern day version of "Great Expectations"
Voiced the Queen in "Antz"
Received Emmy Award for the based-on-fact drama "Deep in My Heart" (CBS); played a woman reunited with her daughter, a black child that was the product of rape
Co-starred in Edward Norton's directorial debut "Keeping the Faith", playing Ben Stiller's mother
Offered a scene-stealing turn as a wealthy expatriate in 1930s Italy in "Up at the Villa"
Played featured role in the CBS miniseries "Haven"; received Emmy nomination
Had cameo as a con artist in "Heartbreakers"
Returned to the stage acting in the premiere of Edward Albee's "The Occupant", a play produced Off-Broadway that profiled artist Louise Nevelson; only appeared in six performances before contracting pneumonia and withdrawing from the production
Co-starred with Helen Mirren in the Showitme television feature "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone"; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Received a SAG nomination for best actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her work in "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone"