June 07, 2005

Mrs. Robinson

Who doesn't remember Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate: "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?"

Anne Bancroft died yesterday of uterine cancer. She was seventy-three.

While she had a varied and distinguished career, she will be remembered most for her portrayal of Mrs. Robinson.

She viewed the character as having unfulfilled dreams and having been relegated to a conventional life with a conventional husband. She added: "Film critics said I gave a voice to the fear we all have: that we'll reach a certain point in our lives, look around and realize that all the things we said we'd do and become will never come to be -- and that we're ordinary."

Anne Bancroft: September 17, 1931 - June 6, 2005.

Cross-posted at Ranten Raven.

Posted by Christina at June 7, 2005 08:22 PM


Saw 'The Graduate' with my sweety at the Student Union theater at UW-Madison when it first came out.

Posted by: Howard Larson at June 7, 2005 08:39 PM

And most folks probably don't know her husband of 41 years.....Mel Brooks. I think he lost his best friend today.

Posted by: Guy S at June 8, 2005 01:20 AM

The name 'Mrs Robinson' holds a different meaning for me than most. I'm older than Kevin (don't even ask how much older!) and that is his playful name for me.

Posted by: Michele at June 8, 2005 09:42 AM

She was one of my favorites. She could do it all...drama, comedy. Hard to believe she was only 37 or 38 when she did 'The Graduate'.

Posted by: Pammy at June 8, 2005 10:54 AM

I've got to see that movie.

Dimming the lights on Broadway for her to show respects...

Posted by: Key at June 8, 2005 08:09 PM

And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson, Jesus loves you more than you will know, Wo wo wo God bless you, please, Mrs. Robinson, Heaven holds a place for those who pray Hey hey hey, hey hey hey!

Posted by: amelie at June 12, 2005 10:01 AM

Back to Main