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Anne Francis

 

Birthdate: 16 September 1930, Ossining, New York, USA.

Biography

Beautiful, curvaceous, mole-lipped 'Anne Francis (I)' got into show business quite early in life. At age 6, she became a John Robert Powers model and swiftly moved into radio soaps in New York. By 11, she was on Broadway with 'Gertrude Lawrence' in "Lady in the Dark". MGM put her under contract after WWII where she appeared in a couple of obscure starlet bits, both musical and dramatic, but nothing came of it. Trekking back to New York, she appeared to good notice during TV's 'golden age' and was discovered by 'Darryl F. Zanuck' as a juvenile delinquent in the lowbudget film 'So Young, So Bad (1950)' (1950), which led to a 20th-Century Fox contract. She soon starred in a number of promising blonde ingenue roles, including 'Elopement (1951)' , 'Lydia Bailey (1952)' and 'Dreamboat (1952)' , along with co-starring opposite some of Hollywood's finest leading man in some noteworthy 50s classics: 'Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)' opposite 'Spencer Tracy' and 'Robert Ryan' , 'Blackboard Jungle (1955)' starring 'Glenn Ford' and a rising 'Sidney Poitier' , and the sci-fi classic 'Forbidden Planet (1956)' with a dead-serious 'Leslie Nielsen' . But, for the most part, her roles emphasized her fetching looks than her acting ability and she soon refocused, finding a comfortable niche on 60s television. She found a most appreciative audience as an Emma Peel-like detective in the short-lived cult series '"Honey West" (1965)' (1965), where she combined glamour and a sexy veneer with judo throws and karate chops. She returned to films only on occasion after that, the most controversial being 'Funny Girl (1968)' , in which her co-starring role as 'Barbra Streisand' 's chorine pal was reduced to a glorified cameo. She also appeared gratuitously opposite top film comics in some of their worst vehicles: 'Hook, Line & Sinker (1969)' starring 'Jerry Lewis' , and 'Love God?, The (1969)' with 'Don Knotts' , which did absolutely nothing to further her career. She remained, however, a bright, colorful, decorative, wise-cracking presence in a slew of TV-movies well into the 90s. For such a promising start and with such amazing stamina and longevity, the girl with the sexy mole really deserved better.
Author: Gary Brumburgh / GBrumburgh@pacbell.net

Filmography

Agatha (1979) [Jane] <25>
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) [Liz Wirth] <3>
Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free (1976) (TV) [Flora Dobbs]
Battle Cry (1955) [Rae] <9>
Beggarman, Thief (1979) (TV) [Teresa Kraler] <11>
Blackboard Jungle (1955) [Anne Dadier] <2>
Born Again (1978) [Patty Colson] <2>
Brainstorm (1965) [Lorrie Benson] <2>
Columbo: A Stitch in Crime (1973) (TV) [Nurse Sharon Martin]
Columbo: Short Fuse (1972) (TV) [Miss Bishop]
Crowded Sky, The (1960) [Kitty Foster] <5>
Cry Panic (1974) (TV) [Julie] <6>
Detour to Terror (1980) (TV) [Sheila] <3>
Don't Go Near the Water (1957) [Lieutenant Alice Tomlen] <4>
Double 0 Kid, The (1993) [Mrs. Lomax] <8>
Dreamboat (1952) [Carol Sayre] <3>
Elopement (1951) [Jake Osborne] <2>
F.B.I. Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One, The (1974) (TV) [Colette] <5>
Fireball Forward (1972) (TV) [Helen Sawyer] <3>
Forbidden Planet (1956) [Altaira Morbius] <2>
Forgotten Man, The (1971) (TV) [Marie Hardy Forrest] <3>
Funny Girl (1968) [Georgia James] <4>
Girl Named Sooner, A (1975) (TV) [Selma Goss] <4>
Girl of the Night (1960) [Bobbie] <1>
Great American Pastime, The (1956) [Betty Hallerton] <2>
Haunts of the Very Rich (1972) (TV) [Annette Larrier] <4>
Have You Seen My Son? (1996) (TV)Hired Gun, The (1957) [Ellen Beldon] <2>
Hook, Line & Sinker (1969) [Nancy Ingersoll] <3>
Impasse (1970) [Bobby Jones] <2>
Intruders, The (1970) (TV) [Leora Garrison] <2>
Jake and the Fatman (1987) (TV) <4>
Laguna Heat (1987) (TV) [Helene Long] <5>
Last Survivors, The (1975) (TV) [Helen Dixon] <5>
Lion Is in the Streets, A (1953) [Flamingo] <3>
Little Mo (1978) (TV) [Sophie Fisher] <5>
Little Vegas (1990) [Martha] <3>
Lost Flight (1969) (TV) [Gina Talbot]
Love Can Be Murder (1992) (TV) [Maggie] <9>
Love God?, The (1969) [Lisa] <2>
Lover's Knot (1996) [Marion Hunter] <12>
Lydia Bailey (1952) [Lydia Bailey] <2>
Masterpiece of Murder, A (1986) (TV) [Ruth Beekman] <6>
Mazes and Monsters (1982) (TV) [Ellie (Daniel's Mom)] <7>
Mongo's Back in Town (1971) (TV) [Angel] <3>
More Dead Than Alive (1969) [Monica Alton] <3>
Murder of Sherlock Holmes, The (1984) (TV) (as Anne Lloyd Francis) [Louise McCallum] <6>
My First Love (1988) (TV) [Terry]
Pancho Villa (1973) [Flo] <4>
Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987) (TV) [Marjorie Post]
Portrait of Jennie (1948) (uncredited) [Teenager]
Rack, The (1956) [Aggie Hall] <5>
Return (1985) [Eileen Sedgeley]
Rocket Man, The (1954) [June Brown] <4>
Rogue Cop (1954) [Nancy Corlance] <5>
Satan Bug, The (1965) [Ann Williams] <3>
Scarlet Coat, The (1955) [Sally Cameron] <4>
So Young, So Bad (1950) [Loretta] <7>
Summer Holiday (1948) (as Ann Francis) [Elsie Rand] <12>
Survival (1976) [Anne]
Susan Slept Here (1954) [Isabella Alexander] <3>
This Time for Keeps (1947) (uncredited) [Bobby-Soxer]
Weekend Nun, The (1972) (TV)Whistle at Eaton Falls, The (1951) [Jean] <13>
Wild Women (1970) (TV) [Jean Marshek] <2>
Young Runaways, The (1978) (TV) [Marian Lockhart]
"Dallas" (1978) [Arliss Cooper (1981)]
"Further Adventures of Gallegher, The" (1965) [Adeline Jones] <2>
"Greatest Heroes of the Bible" (1978) (mini) [Zipporah]
"Honey West" (1965) [Honey West] <1>
"My Three Sons" (1960) [Terri Dowling (1971-1972)]
"Rebels, The" (1979) (mini) [Mrs. Harris] <12>
"Riptide" (1984) [Mama Jo (1984)]
"Versatile Varieties" (1949) [Bonny Maid (1949-1950)]

Guest apperance(s)

  • '"Fantasy Island" (1998)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.13 'Heroes (1/23/1999)')
  • '"Drew Carey Show, The" (1995)' , as Charlene Fifer (episode 4.7 'Nicki's Wedding (11/4/1998)')
  • '"Nash Bridges" (1996)' , as Julia Ann Porter (episode 3.23 'Sacraments (5/15/1998)')
  • '"Drew Carey Show, The" (1995)' , as Charlene Fifer (episode 3.18 'Nicki's Parents (2/25/1998)')
  • '"Home Improvement" (1991)' , as Liddy Tucker (episode 6.16 'Funny Valentine, A (2/11/1997)')
  • '"Wings" (1990)' , as Vera (episode 7.22 'Lady Vanishes, The (4/23/1996)')
  • '"Burke's Law" (1994)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.3 'Who Killed Nick Hazard? (1/21/1994)')
  • '"Murder, She Wrote" (1984)' , as Lee Haley (episode 6.16 'Big Show of 1965, The (2/25/1990)')
  • '"Golden Girls, The" (1985)' , as Trudy McMann (episode 4.19 'Till Death Do We Volley (3/18/1989)')
  • '"Matlock" (1986)' , as Janet Masters (episode 3.12 'Starlet, The (2/28/1989)')
  • '"Murder, She Wrote" (1984)' , as Margo Perry (as Anne Lloyd Francis) (episode 2.14 'Keep the Home Fries Burning (1/19/1986)')
  • '"Hardcastle and McCormick" (1983)' , as Jane Bigelow (as Anne Lloyd Francis) (episode 2.16 'Long Ago Girl, The (2/11/1985)')
  • '"Crazy Like a Fox" (1984)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.3 'Premium For Murder (1/13/1985)')
  • '"Love Boat, The" (1977)' , as [unknown] (episode 'Christmas Cruise (12/20/1984)')
  • '"Simon & Simon" (1981)' , as Angel Barkley (episode 3.6 'Shadow of Sam Penny (11/3/1983)')
  • '"CHiPs" (1977)' , as Susan Wright (episode 5.18 'In the Best of Families (2/21/1982)')
  • '"Charlie's Angels" (1976)' , as Cindy Lee (episode 5.4 'Angels of the Deep (12/7/1980)')
  • '"Littlest Hobo, The" (1979)' , as Mrs. Penelope Conrad (episode 1.19 'Romiet and Julio (3/20/1980)')
  • '"Quincy" (1976)' , as Mrs. Shafer (episode 3.18 'Physician, Heal Thyself (2/22/1979)')
  • '"Charlie's Angels" (1976)' , as Margo (episode 3.8 'Pom Pom Angels (11/1/1978)')
  • '"Fantasy Island" (1978)' , as Drusilla "Rowdy" Roberts (episode 2.6 'Queen of the Boston Bruisers (10/28/1978)')
  • '"Hawaii Five-O" (1968)' , as Alicia Wade (episode 10.233 'When Does a War End? (3/16/1978)')
  • '"Police Woman" (1974/I)' , as [unknown] (episode 'Murder With Pretty People (2/22/1978)')
  • '"Baa Baa Black Sheep" (1976)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.14 'Deadliest Enemy of All, The: Part 2 (1/18/1977)')
  • '"Baa Baa Black Sheep" (1976)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.13 'Deadliest Enemy of All, The: Part 1 (1/11/1977)')
  • '"Police Woman" (1974/I)' , as [unknown] (episode 'Broken Angels (11/9/1976)')
  • '"Wonder Woman" (1976)' , as Lola Flynn (episode 1.4 'Beauty on Parade (10/13/1976)')
  • '"S.W.A.T." (1975)' , as Doris Wainwright Bristol (episode 2.15 'Silent Night, Deadly Night (12/13/1975)')
  • '"Petrocelli" (1974)' , as [unknown] (episode 2.9 'Terror By the Book (12/10/1975)')
  • '"Barnaby Jones" (1973)' , as Shirley Evans (episode 'Theater of Fear (9/26/1975)')
  • '"Ellery Queen" (1975)' , as Nurse Evelyn Chandler (episode 1.2 'Adventure of the Lover's Leap, The (9/18/1975)')
  • '"Archer" (1975)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.5 'Vanished Man, The (3/6/1975)')
  • '"Kung Fu" (1972)' , as Ida Quinlan (episode 2.17 'Night of the Owls, Day of the Doves (2/14/1974)')
  • '"Banacek" (1972)' , as Katherine Wells (episode 2.5 'Horse of a Slightly Different Color (1/22/1974)')
  • '"F.B.I., The" (1965)' , as [unknown] (episode 9.12 'Ransom (12/30/1973)')
  • '"Cannon" (1971)' , as Peggy Angel (episode 3.5 'Murder By Proxy (10/10/1973)')
  • '"Barnaby Jones" (1973)' , as Miriam Woodridge (episode 'Murder In The Doll's House (3/25/1973)')
  • '"Gunsmoke" (1955)' , as Sarah (episode 18.6 'Sarah (10/16/1972)')
  • '"Virginian, The" (1962)' , as Myra (episode 9.6 'Gun Quest (10/21/1970)')
  • '"F.B.I., The" (1965)' , as [unknown] (episode 5.138 'Deadfall (3/1/1970)')
  • '"Mission: Impossible" (1966)' , as Gillian Colbee (episode 4.9 'Double Circle, The (12/7/1969)')
  • '"Invaders, The" (1967)' , as Annie Rhodes (episode 2.2 'Saucer, The (9/12/1967)')
  • '"Fugitive, The" (1963)' , as Felice Greer (episode 4.17 'One That Got Away, The (1/17/1967)')
  • '"Burke's Law" (1963)' , as Honey West (episode 2.30 'Who Killed the Jackpot? (4/21/1965)')
  • '"Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The" (1962)' , as [unknown] (episode 3.18 'Trap, The (2/22/1965)')
  • '"Virginian, The" (1962)' , as Victoria Greenleaf (episode 3.11 'All Nice and Legal (11/25/1964)')
  • '"Man from U.N.C.L.E., The" (1964)' , as Gervaise Ravel (episode 1.7 'Giuoco Piano Affair, The (11/10/1964)')
  • '"Man from U.N.C.L.E., The" (1964)' , as Gervaise Ravel (episode 1.3 'Quadripartite Affair, The (10/6/1964)')
  • '"Ben Casey" (1961)' , as [unknown] (episode 4.2 'Bird in the Solitude Standing, A (9/21/1964)')
  • '"Temple Houston" (1963)' , as Kate Fitzpatrick (episode 1.19 'Ten Rounds for Baby (1/30/1964)')
  • '"Burke's Law" (1963)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.9 'Who Killed Wade Walker? (11/15/1963)')
  • '"Arrest and Trial" (1963)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.8 'Witnesses, The (11/3/1963)')
  • '"Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The" (1962)' , as Connie Breech (episode 2.5 'Blood Bargain (10/25/1963)')
  • '"Ben Casey" (1961)' , as [unknown] (episode 3.2 'With the Rich and Mighty, Always a Little Patience (9/25/1963)')
  • '"Twilight Zone, The" (1959)' , as Jess-Belle (episode 4.7 'Jess-Belle (2/14/1963)')
  • '"Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The" (1962)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.16 'What Really Happened (1/11/1963)')
  • '"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955)' , as Julia Reddy (episode 7.5 'Keep Me Company (11/7/1961)')
  • '"Dr. Kildare" (1961)' , as Kathy Steffens (episode 1.5 'Million Dollar Property, A (10/26/1961)')
  • '"Route 66" (1960)' , as Arline Simms (episode 2.1 'Month of Sundays, A (9/22/1961)')
  • '"Hong Kong" (1960)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.21 'With Deadly Sorrow (2/22/1961)')
  • '"Route 66" (1960)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.14 'Play It Glissando (1/20/1961)')
  • '"United States Steel Hour, The" (1953)' , as [unknown] (episode 'Yum Yum Girl, The (11/30/1960)')
  • '"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955)' , as Nyla Foster (episode 5.38 'Hooked (9/25/1960)')
  • '"Twilight Zone, The" (1959)' , as Marsha White (episode 1.34 'After Hours, The (6/10/1960)')
  • '"Untouchables, The" (1959)' , as Doreen Maney (episode 1.24 'Doreen Maney Story, The (3/31/1960)')
  • '"United States Steel Hour, The" (1953)' , as [unknown] (episode 'Queen of the Orange Bowl (1/13/1960)')
  • '"Adventures in Paradise" (1959)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.12 'Bamboo Curtain, The (12/14/1959)')
  • '"Rawhide" (1959)' , as [unknown] (episode 2.3 'Incident of the Shambling Man (10/9/1959)')
  • '"Studio One" (1948)' , as [unknown] (episode 10.19 'Presence of the Enemy (2/10/1958)')
  • '"Studio One" (1948)' , as [unknown] (episode 2.2 'Rival Dummy, The (9/19/1949)')

    Trivia

  • Appeared as the "young" Gertrude Lawrence in the original Broadway production of "Lady in the Dark"
  • She sued Columbia Studios after the 1968 mega-musical film "Funny Girl" was released, bitterly claiming that 'Barbra Streisand' had a hand in having her "co-starring" role cut to shreds, with most of it left on the editing floor.

    Quotes

  • "Most young blondes in those days [50s] were not taken too seriously. I had wanted to work on a project [directing] all my own from beginning to end for many years. I had managers who said, 'Look, you're an actress. You're not supposed to do that other business.' And now I look at all the women today who are doing it, and no one's batting an eyelash."

    Book(s) Biography

  • Tom Weaver. 'They Fought in the Creature Features.' Jefferson NC: McFarland & Co., 1995. ISBN 0786400196

    Interview(s)

  • "Starlog" (USA), January 1993, Iss. 186, by: Tom Weaver, "Woman of the Forbidden Planet"