Anne Bancroft
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"Anna Maria Louisa Italiano", known professionally as "Anne Bancroft", was an American actress associated with the Method acting school, which she had studied under Lee Strasberg. Respected for her acting prowess and versatility, Bancroft was acknowledged for her work in film, theatre and television. She won one Academy Award, three BAFTA Awards, two Golden Globe Awards/Golden Globes, two Tony Awards and two Emmy Awards, and several other awards and nominations.

After her film debut in Don't Bother to Knock (1952) and a string of supporting film roles during the 1950s, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her lead role in The Miracle Worker (1962 film)/The Miracle Worker (1962) as the teacher of teenage Helen Keller, reprising her role in the Broadway stage play. She won both an Oscar for her work in the film, and a Tony for the same role in the play. On Broadway in 1965, she played a medieval nun obsessed with a priest (Jason Robards) in John Whiting's play The Devils, based on the Aldous Huxley novel The Devils of Loudun.

She became best-known as the seductress, Mrs. Robinson, in The Graduate (1967), a role that she later stated had come to overshadow all her other work.

Bancroft received several other Oscar nominations and continued in lead roles until the late 1980s.

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