Anna Maria Italiano was born in the Bronx, New York. She was the second of three daughters born to Michael Italiano (1906-2001) and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010).
She took on the stage name Anne Bancroft at the beginning of her career and made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock (1952). In the fifties she made a lot of forgettable movies as a supporting actress until she became a star with The Miracle Worker (1962), for which she won an Oscar. During the sixties, seventies and eighties, she gave heavily acclaimed performances as a lead actress in such films as The Pumpkin Eater (1964), Young Winston (1972), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975), The Turning Point (1977), To Be or Not to Be (1983), Agnes of God (1985), and 84 Charing Cross Road (1987).
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