By Laura Wagner
This first-ever biography of yank actress Anne Francis will enlighten her informal lovers and earn a nod of contract from her diehard admirers. The superstar of such Nineteen Fifties cinematic classics as undesirable Day at Black Rock, The Blackboard Jungle and Forbidden Planet, Anne made the dicy choice to transplant her skills to television--and consequently, her performing has frequently been taken with no consideration. yet television provided her with the groundbreaking name function in Honey West (1965-66), the place she turned the 1st best actress to painting a personal detective on a standard weekly sequence. All of Anne Francis' movie and tv appearances are chronicled, together with an entire episode consultant for Honey West and a whole directory of her visitor roles on such sequence because the Twilight area, The Untouchables and homicide, She Wrote.
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It was a small part for Anne, but she was able to convey a girl-next-door sweetness that belied her party-girl image, making the soldier’s growing love for her believable. However, unlike the other women in the movie (Dorothy Malone, Mona Freeman, Nancy Olson), Anne’s character is never really explained; she was more of a presence in the novel, where she shared her feelings with the soldier in letters. In the novel, too, her character is ultimately sympathetic and tragic. They exchange many letters, talking of their future together, but after the soldier’s death, she disappears, never to be heard from again.
Les was a very gentle, kind, terriﬁc guy, just as he is today,” Anne told author Tom Weaver in 1994. 48 ANNE FRANCIS would appear. Leo was known worldwide. The older Leo was being retired, and this youngster was making his debut at the luncheon. Quite a public relations coup. I decided I wanted to have my picture taken with him as well! I love cats. Actually, I love most animals that I can think of. So I started over toward the corner of the stage, and as I progressed, Dore Schary happened by, and I guess he saw the gleam in my eye.
As in William P. McGivern’s original novel, Anne’s character is a victim of her love to the abusive Dan Beaumonte, played with steely-eyed hardiness by George Raft. Drinking too much, she’s bored and stiﬂed by her tense relation- Freelancing after Fox, she went to Warner Bros. for Battle Cry (1955), which was ﬁlmed in mid– 1954. In this World War II epic, directed by Raoul Walsh, Anne meets soldier John Lupton (right) on a ferryboat; he falls in love not realizing she is a V-girl. ” In a performance that contains many good moments, two, in particular, stand out as exceptional.
Anne Francis: The Life and Career by Laura Wagner