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Remembering Actress Anne Francis

Anne Francis died, remembering Anne Francis

Anne Francis with Leslie Nielsen in Forbidden Planet

Actress Anne Francis passed away on Sunday at a Santa Barbara nursing home.

The sad news also comes the same day as we learned of British actor Pete Postlethwaite’s passing.

Francis, best known for her role as the love interest in the 1950s science-fiction classic “Forbidden Planet” and later was sexy private eye in “Honey West” on TV, was 80.

The actress, who had surgery and chemotherapy after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007, died of complications of pancreatic cancer, her daughter, Jane Uemura, told the Los Angeles Times.

Like many actors of that time, Francis arrived in Hollywood when she landed a movie contract at MGM. She later went to 20th Century-Fox, then returned to MGM, and the two big studios afforded her the chance to act opposite the biggest male stars of the day.

Francis co-starred with many actors in some of the most popular films of the 1950s including Spencer Tracy, Paul Newman, Robert Taylor and Leslie Nielsen, with whom she co-starred in Forbidden Planet.

But “Forbidden Planet” and “Honey West” made her reputation.  The beautiful blonde with the beauty mark was hailed in Leonard Maltin’s movie guide as “one of the most ambitious and intelligent films of its genre.”

Francis was nonimated for an Emmy in her role as a sexy and stylish private detective in “Honey West,” which lasted 30 episodes.

Francis is survived by her daughter Jame Uemura, her second husband, Robert Abeloff, daughter Maggie, and a grandson.

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