Anne Francis


Anne Francis

About

Also Known As
Anne Lloyd Francis, Ann Francis
Birth Place
Ossining, New York, USA
Born
September 16, 1930
Died
January 02, 2011
Cause of Death
Complications Of Pancreatic Cancer

Biography

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 tha...

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So Young, So Bad - Lobby Card
Forbidden Planet - Robby the Robot Publicity Stills
Forbidden Planet - Behind-the-Scenes Stills

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Have You Seen My Son? (1996)
Catherine
Lover's Knot (1995)
The Double O'Kid (1993)
Love Can Be Murder (1992)
Little Vegas (1990)
Martha
Murder by Night (1989)
My First Love (1988)
Laguna Heat (1987)
A Masterpiece Of Murder (1986)
Rona Jaffe's Mazes and Monsters (1982)
Ellie--Daniel'S Mom
Detour to Terror (1980)
Beggarman, Thief (1979)
Agatha (1979)
Little Mo (1978)
Born Again (1978)
Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free (1976)
A Girl Named Sooner (1975)
Selma Goss
The Last Survivors (1975)
The FBI Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One (1974)
Colette
Cry Panic (1974)
Fireball Forward (1972)
Haunts of the Very Rich (1972)
Vendetta (1972)
Mongo's Back in Town (1971)
The Forgotten Man (1971)
Marie Hardy Forrest
Lost Flight (1970)
Gina Talbot
Wild Women (1970)
Jean Marshek
The Love God? (1969)
Lisa LaMonica
Hook, Line and Sinker (1969)
Nancy Ingersoll
Impasse (1969)
Bobby Jones
More Dead Than Alive (1969)
Monica
Funny Girl (1968)
Georgia James
The Satan Bug (1965)
Ann
Brainstorm (1965)
Lorrie Benson
The Crowded Sky (1960)
Kitty Foster
Girl of the Night (1960)
[Robin] Bobbie [Williams]
Don't Go Near the Water (1957)
Lt. Alice Tomlen
The Hired Gun (1957)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Altaira Morbius
The Rack (1956)
Aggie Hall
The Great American Pastime (1956)
Betty Hallerton
The Scarlet Coat (1955)
Sally Cameron
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Liz Wirth
Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Anne Dadier
Battle Cry (1955)
Rae
Rogue Cop (1954)
Nancy Corlane
Susan Slept Here (1954)
Isabella Alexander
The Rocket Man (1954)
June Brown
A Lion Is in the Streets (1953)
Flamingo
Lydia Bailey (1952)
Lydia Bailey
Dreamboat (1952)
Carol Sayre
Elopement (1951)
Jacqueline "Jake" Osborne
The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951)
Jean London
So Young, So Bad (1950)
Loretta
Portrait of Jennie (1949)
Teenager in Art Gallery
Summer Holiday (1948)
Elsie Rand
This Time for Keeps (1947)
Bobby soxer

Cast (Special)

O'Malley (1983)
Amanda O'Malley; His Ex-Wife
Charley's Aunt (1983)
The Third Commandment (1959)
Clara Munday

Cast (Short)

World News - 1954 (1954)
Herself

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987)
The Rebels (1979)

Life Events

Photo Collections

So Young, So Bad - Lobby Card
Here is a lobby card from So Young, So Bad (1950), featuring Anne Francis. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Forbidden Planet - Robby the Robot Publicity Stills
Here are some stills taken to publicize MGM's Forbidden Planet (1956) and the film's starring robot, Robby. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Forbidden Planet - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are some photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Forbidden Planet (1956), all featuring Anne Francis.
Bad Day at Black Rock - Anne Francis Publicity Stills
Here are some publicity photos of Anne Francis, taken while on location for MGM's Bad Day at Black Rock (1955).
Bad Day at Black Rock - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here is a group of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan and Anne Francis.
Blackboard Jungle - Glenn Ford and Anne Francis Publicity Stills
Here are some Publicity Stills from MGM's Blackboard Jungle (1955), starring Glenn Ford and Anne Francis. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Forbidden Planet - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Forbidden Planet (1956). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Don't Go Near the Water - Anne Francis Publicity Stills
Here are a few still of Anne Francis, taken to help publicize MGM's Don't Go Near the Water (1957).
Rogue Cop - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's Rogue Cop (1954), starring Robert Taylor, Janet Leigh, George Raft, and Anne Francis. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Blackboard Jungle - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Blackboard Jungle (1955), directed by Richard Brooks and starring Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, and Sidney Poitier.
Don't Go Near the Water - Advertising Art
Here are a few pieces of advertising art prepared by MGM to publicize Don't Go Near the Water (1957), starring Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Eva Gabor, and Gia Scala.
Forbidden Planet Novelization
These are images from the 1956 Bantam Books novelization of the MGM film Forbidden Planet by W.J. Stuart.
Final Draft Screenplay for The Forbidden Planet (1956)
These are the first few pages of a "complete" or final draft of the screenplay for the 1956 MGM sci-fi film "The Forbidden Planet," dated March 10th, 1955. This script was likely a near final shooting script for the film.

Videos

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Don't Go Near The Water (1957) - Never Second Class Having contrived a fake air raid to separate her from a higher-ranking suitor, yeoman sailor Garrett (Earl Holliman) confesses his admiration for Lt. Tomlen (Anne Francis, in her last feature before her long run as an in-demand TV guest star), on an MGM WWII South Pacific island, in Don’t Go Near The Water,1957, starring Glenn Ford.
Rack, The (1956) - I Didn't Want You To See Me Like This First direct meeting between Anne Francis as widowed sister-in-law Aggie, Walter Pidgeon as career-military dad Col. Hall Sr. and Paul Newman as Korean War POW Capt. Hall, on the day of his return to California, so traumatized he forgets his brother was Killed In Action, in The Rack, 1956, from a Rod Serling teleplay.
Rack, The (1956) - He Was Killed Over There Opening, with Walter Pidgeon and Anne Francis, not long after they appeared as father and daughter in Forbidden Planet, also for MGM, they’re war-widow and father-in-law, not quite greeting POW Paul Newman, returning from Korea, in The Rack, 1956, from a Rod Serling teleplay.
Great American Pastime, The (1957) - Where Did I Come From? Opening with Tom Ewell reflecting, then with his family (Anne Francis, and Rudy Lee as young Bruce) picnicking, from the MGM baseball comedy, officially sanctioned by Little League Baseball, in The Great American Pastime, 1957.
Forbidden Planet (1956) - This Planetary Force Aging linguist Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) is explaining the death of his wife and everyone else from his original mission to Commander Adams (Leslie Neilsen) and colleagues (Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly) when his knockout daughter Alta (Anne Francis) appears, in Forbidden Planet, 1956.
Blackboard Jungle (1955) - Action Of The Tiger Teaching-job applicant Dadier (Glenn Ford) arriving at North Manual High School, citing Shakespeare with principal Warnecke (John Hoyt) and getting the job, early in Richard Brooks' Blackboard Jungle, 1955.
Battle Cry (1955) - A Completely Honest Gyrene On a weekend leave on the Coronado Ferry from San Diego, bookish Marine recruit Marion (John Lupton) shows perhaps less than average enthusiasm when approached by local Rae (Anne Francis, her first scene), in the hit WWII home-front and combat hybrid Battle Cry, 1955.
Scarlet Coat, The (1955) - You Seem Very Desirous Revolutionary War spy Bolton (Cornel Wilde), with help from his innkeeper's son (Bobby Driscoll), searches the room of the apparently affluent new arrival Sally Cameron (Anne Francis), with much double-entendre, in John Sturges' The Scarlet Coat, 1955.
Forbidden Planet - Blood And Fire And Thunder Disney animators loaned to MGM for this display of the "planetary force" facing Commander Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and crew, and awakening Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and daughter Altaira (Anne Francis) in Forbidden Planet, 1956.
Bad Day At Black Rock (1955) - Looking For A Man Named Kumoko Rebuffed by the sheriff, Macready (Spencer Tracy) gets the outwardly friendliest welcome he'll receive, from locally-influential Reno (Robert Ryan) and then Liz (Anne Francis), her first scene, as tension builds in John Sturges' Bad Day At Black Rock, 1955.
Great American Pastime, The (1957) - Better Next Time Following a loss, to the team on which his son Dennis (Rudy Lee) plays, coach Bruce (Tom Ewell) consoles his players, then gets some support from sexy single mom Mrs. Patterson (Ann Miller) and his somewhat irked wife (Anne Francis), in The Great American Pastime, 1957.
Blackboard Jungle (1955) - Champagne And Ravioli Dadier (Glenn Ford) greets his expectant wife Anne (Anne Francis) at an Italian restaurant, celebrating in the rough downtown school district where he's just been hired, in Richard Brooks' Blackboard Jungle, 1955.

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