How can this be?
I am genuinely distressed — the wonderful Anne Bancroft passed away yesterday of uterine cancer.
She was a fantastic actress, from Annie Sullivan to Mrs. Robinson; my favorite roles were in the remake of “To Be or Not To Be” and her portrayal of author Helene Hanff in “84 Charing Cross Road.”
I’m just so flabbergasted at this terrible news that I don’t know what to say — director Mike Nichols had the presence of mind to comment:
“Her combination of brains, humor, frankness and sense were unlike any other artist,” Nichols said in a statement. “Her beauty was constantly shifting with her roles, and because she was a consummate actress she changed radically for every part.”
There are some people who share this planet with us — you may not ever meet them — who you suddenly feel the absence of. Anne Bancroft is one of them.