Birthday: September 16, 1930
Died At Age: 80
Sun Sign: Virgo
Also Known As: Anne Lloyd Francis, Ann Francis
Born in: Ossining, New York
Famous as: Actress
Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Females
Spouse/Ex-: Bamlet Lawrence Price Jr. (m. 1952 – div. 1955), Robert Abeloff (m. 1960 – div. 1964)
father: Philip Francis
mother: Edith Francis
children: Jane Elizabeth Abeloff, Margaret Francis West
Died on: January 2, 2011
place of death: Santa Barbara, California
Cause of Death: Cancer
U.S. State: New Yorkers
Who was Anne Francis?
Anne Francis was an American actress who is best remembered for her role as Altaira Morbius in the science-fiction film 'Forbidden Planet' and for her titular role on the ABC series 'Honey West'. Her latter work marked the first appearance of a female detective character's name in the title of a TV series. Starting out as a child model at the age of five, she began working in radio soaps and television. Her stage career also began quite early as she started appearing in Broadway plays at just 11. While her film roles were few and far between, she is remembered for acting in films, such as 'Bad Day at Black Rock', 'Blackboard Jungle', 'Girl of the Night', 'Brainstorm', 'Funny Girl', and 'Hook, Line & Sinker'. However, she had frequent guest roles on a number of television series throughout her career. Some of her most notable TV roles were: 'The Twilight Zone', 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents', 'The Alfred Hitchcock Hour', 'The Untouchables', 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.', 'Mission: Impossible', 'My Three Sons', and 'Murder, She Wrote'.
Childhood & Early Life
Anne Lloyd Francis was born on September 16, 1930, in Ossining, New York, to Edith and Philip Ward Francis, who was a businessman. She was the only child of her parents. She attended New York's Professional Children's School.
To help her financially struggling family during the Great Depression, she began working as a John Robert Powers model when she was five. At the age of 11, she made her Broadway debut, playing the child version of Gertrude Lawrence's character in 'Lady in the Dark'.
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Following her film debut in an uncredited role in the 1947 musical 'This Time for Keeps', Anne Francis played supporting roles in films like 'Susan Slept Here', 'So Young, So Bad', and 'Bad Day at Black Rock'. Her first starring role came in the 1955 movie 'Blackboard Jungle', which paved the way for her best-known film role of Altaira Morbius in the Oscar-nominated sci-fi classic 'Forbidden Planet' the next year.
Throughout the 1960s, she played diverse roles, including a high-priced call girl in 'Girl of the Night', a lead role in 'Brainstorm', Georgia James in 'Funny Girl', and Nancy Ingersoll in 'Hook, Line & Sinker'. Her limited film credits in the later decades include 'The Love God?', 'Pancho Villa', 'Born Again', 'Return: A Case of Passion' and 'The Double 0 Kid'.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Anne Francis regularly guest starred on television series, such as 'Kraft Theatre', 'Climax!', 'The Twilight Zone', 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents', and 'The Alfred Hitchcock Hour'. She also appeared in one episode each of 'The Untouchables', 'Rawhide', and 'Going My Way'; and two episodes each of 'The Virginian', 'Columbo', 'The Reporter', and 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'
In 1965, she had a guest role as Honey West on the ABC series 'Burke's Law', a character that gained its own eponymous show later that year. Her performance as the sexy private investigator who drove a Cobra and had a pet ocelot earned her a 'Golden Globe' award and an 'Emmy' nomination.
During the latter half of the decade, she had guest roles on 'The Fugitive', 'The Invaders', 'Mission: Impossible' and 'The Name of the Game'. In 1971, she played the bowling-alley waitress Terri Dowling in the final season of 'My Three Sons'.
In the 1970s, she appeared on one episode each of 'Barnaby Jones', 'Kung Fu', 'Movin' On', 'Wonder Woman', 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' and 'The Eddie Capra Mysteries'. Her later television appearances include a recurring role on 'Dallas', three guest roles on 'Murder, She Wrote', and on several other television series. Her last appearance was on the show 'Without a Trace' in 2004.
Anne Francis's best film role was portraying Altaira Morbius in 'Forbidden Planet', a science-fiction retelling of Shakespeare’s 'Tempest'. On television, she earned several awards and accolades for her role as the eponymous private investigator on the show 'Honey West' (1965–1966).
Family & Personal Life
Anne Francis married United States Air Force pilot Bamlet Lawrence Price, Jr. on May 17, 1952, but got a divorce from him on April 6, 1955. She later married Dr. Robert David Abeloff on January 31, 1960, and divorced him four years later on December 14, 1964.
She and her second husband welcomed daughter Jane Elizabeth Abeloff on March 21, 1962. Later in 1970, she adopted Margaret 'Maggie' West, becoming one of the first unmarried persons in California to be granted adoption.
A Democrat, she supported Adlai Stevenson's campaign during the 1952 presidential election. She published her autobiography 'Voices from Home', subtitled 'An Inner Journey', in 1982.
She was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007 and died from complications from pancreatic cancer at a retirement home in Santa Barbara, California, on January 2, 2011. She was cremated after death and her ashes were scattered at sea.
Anne Francis began studying flying during the latter half of the 1960s, receiving her pilot's certificate soon after.