Anne Bancroft: A Life

Anne Bancroft was a woman of many talents. She was especially impactful in dramatic performances, offering memorable appearances in The Miracle Worker (1962) and The Graduate (1967). Throughout her career, she won an Oscar, two Tony Awards, and two Emmy Awards.

A biography about Bancroft’s life and career has been long overdue. Thankfully, Douglass K. Daniel honors Bancroft with Anne Bancroft: A Life, delving into interviews, previously unpublished photos, as well as information from various archives to portray Bancroft on a personal and professional level.

Daniel’s book is a fitting tribute to Bancroft, sharing experiences from her early life and her determination to perfect her craft. The book celebrates her triumphs and respectfully portrays her challenges, in addition to highlighting Bancroft’s relationship with comedian Mel Brooks. Moreover, the text is supplemented with an array of fascinating photos.

Anne Bancroft: A Life is sure to be enjoyed by fans of Bancroft and Brooks.

Note: This article is written in conjunction with the release of the paperback version in 2022; the hardcover version was published in 2017.


Anne Bancroft: A Life is available for purchase via the University Press of Kentucky.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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