Birthdate: 16 September 1930, Ossining, New York, USA.
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
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)]
'"Fantasy Island" (1998)' , as [unknown] (episode 1.13 'Heroes (1/23/1999)')
'"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)')
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
"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
Tom Weaver. 'They Fought in the Creature Features.' Jefferson NC: McFarland & Co., 1995.
"Starlog" (USA), January 1993, Iss. 186, by: Tom Weaver, "Woman of the Forbidden Planet"