05:56 PM EDT 10/21/2013
Originally posted 05/19/2013 11:00AM
On the surface it seemed one of the stranger matches of the 20th century: the serious, award-winning dramatic actress Anna Maria Louisa Italiano, and the man whose fertile imagination introduced both flatulence around an Old West campfire and a singing-dancing Adolf Hitler to the silver screen, Melvin Kaminsky.
Or, as the world knew them, Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks.
Asked about the couple's marriage, which lasted from 1964 until her death from uterine cancer in 2005, an introspective Brooks says in the new PBS American Masters documentary Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, "You know, it took because Anne and I both grew up during the marriage, we both grew up, we both knew what was really important, and what love meant, and ... what doing for each other meant."
Originally posted 06/07/2005 05:00PM
Oscar-winning actress Anne Bancroft died of uterine cancer on Monday at New York's Mt. Sinai Medical Center, a family spokesman announced. She was 73.
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On People.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!