Tuesday, June 07, 2005

God bless you, please, Mrs. Robinson

Anne Bancroft has died of cancer at 73.

I had no idea she was married to Mel Brooks, quite possibly the funniest filmmaker living today. For 49 years, no less! Say what you will about Hollywood marriages; some of them do last. But if a 49-year marriage to a world-class smart-ass doesn't make her a miracle worker, I don't know what does.

I found this little bit of trivia in her biography at the Internet Movie Database:
She and Mel Brooks met on the set of a TV talk show, and Mel later paid a woman who worked on the show to tell him which restaurant Anne was going to eat at that night so he could "accidentally" bump into her again and strike up a conversation.

That's one of the most romantic how-we-met stories I've ever heard.

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