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"Where have you been? I've beamed and beamed."

- as Altaira Morbius from Forbidden Planet (1956)

ANNE FRANCIS

Her signature trademarks were her blonde hair, smouldering good-looks, and a small beauty mark just to the right of her lower lip and in 2005, TV Guide ranked Francis # 18 on its "50 Sexiest Stars of All Time" list.

Anne Francis entered show business at a young age to help her family during the Great Depression She was born Ann Marvak on September 16th, 1930 in Ossining, New York (which is near Sing Sing prison), the only child of Phillip Marvak, a businessman/salesman, and the former Edith Francis.

Francis became a John Robert Powers model at age 6 and swiftly moved into radio soap work and television in New York.

By age 11, Francis was making her stage debut on Broadway playing the child version of Gertrude Lawrence in the star's 1941 hit vehicle "Lady in the Dark". During this productive time, she attended New York's Professional Children's School.

Francis was signed by 20th Century-Fox's Darryl F. Zanuck after playing a seductive, child-bearing juvenile delinquent in the low budget film So Young So Bad (1950).

Anne soon starred in a number of promising ingénue roles, including Elopement (1951), Lydia Bailey (1952) and Dreamboat (1952) but she still could not seem to rise above the starlet typecast.

At MGM, she found promising leading lady work in a few noteworthy 1950s classics: Bad Day at Black Rock (1955); Blackboard Jungle (1955); and the science fiction cult classic Forbidden Planet (1956 below).

Francis found success in television and was a frequent guest star in 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s made-for-TV movies and series programs. She guest starred twice on The Untouchables as a gangster's girlfriend and appeared twice in The Twilight Zone, including the title character in "Jess-Belle" and as Marsha White in "The After Hours". Francis appeared in two episodes of the western series The Virginian and in the episode "Incident of the Shambling Man" on the CBS western, Rawhide. She was cast in an episode of Gene Kelly's ABC drama series, Going My Way, based on a 1944 film of the same name. During 1964, she guest starred in two episodes, "Hideout" and "Rachel's Mother", of the short-lived CBS drama, The Reporter, and two successive appearances the same year in NBC's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. series.

    Selected Anne Francis TVography

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
- The Trap (1965)
- Blood Bargain, 1963
- What Really Happened (1963)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents
- Keep Me Company (1961)
- Hooked (1960)

Banacek
- Horse of a Slightly Different Color (1974)

Barnaby Jones
- Theater of Fear (1975)
- Murder in the Doll's House (1973)

Ben Casey
- A Bird in the Solitude Singing (1964)
- With the Rich and Mighty, Always a Little Patience (1963)

Burke's Law
- Who Killed Wade Walker? (1963)
- Who Killed the Jackpot? as Honey West (1965)

Burke's Law
- Who Killed Nick Hazard? (1994)
Anne Francis who plays a character named Honey Best in this episode, starred in the series Honey West (1965), the pilot of which was in an episode of the original Burke's Law.

Cannon
- Murder by Proxy (1973)

Charlie's Angels
- Angels of the Deep (1980)
- Pom Pom Angels (1978)

CHiPs
- In the Best of Families (1982)

Columbo
- A Stitch in Crime (1973)
-Short Fuse (1972)

Dallas
(1981)

Dan August
- Murder by Proxy (1970)

Death Valley Days
- The Last Stagecoach Robbery (1964)

Dr. Kildare
- A Million Dollar Property (1961)

The Drew Carey Show
- Nicki's Wedding (1998)
- Nicki's Parents (1998)

Ellery Queen
- The Adventure of the Lover's Leap (1975)

The F.B.I.
- Ransom (1973)
- Deadfall (1970)

Fantasy Island
- Man-Beast/Ole Island Oprey (1981)
- The Swinger/Terrors of the Mind (1980)
- The War Games/Queen of the Boston Bruisers (1978)

Fantasy Island
- Heroes (1999)
This was a revival of the popular 1970s television series with Malcolm McDowell as Mr. Roarke.

The Fugitive
- The One That Got Away (1967 below left)

The Golden Girls
- Till Death Do We Volley (1989 below right)

Gunsmoke
- Sarah (1972)

Hardcastle and McCormick
- The Long Ago Girl (1985)

Hawaii Five-O
- When Does a War End? (1978)

Home Improvement
- A Funny Valentine (1997)

Honey West
- series star (1965)

The Invaders
- The Saucer (1967)

Ironside
- Class of '40 (1974)
- A Man Named Arno (1972)

Jake and the Fatman
- Fatal Attraction (1987)

Kung Fu
- Night of the Owls, Day of the Doves (1974)

The Littlest Hobo
- Romiet and Julio (1980)

Love, American Style
- Love and the Elopement/Love and the Visitor (1970)

The Love Boat
- Santa, Santa, Santa/Another Dog Gone Christmas/Noel's Christmas Carol (1984)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
- The Giuoco Piano Affair (1964)

Matlock
- The Starlet (1989)

Mission: Impossible
- Double Circle (1969)

Murder, She Wrote
- The Big Show of 1965 (1990)
- Keep the Home Fries Burning, The Murder of Sherlock Holmes (1984)

My Three Sons
(1971)

The Name of the Game
- Incident in Berlin (1968)
- The Garden (1970)

Quincy M.E.
- Physician, Heal Thyself (1979)

Police Woman
- Murder with Pretty People (1978)
- Broken Angels (1976)

Riptide
(1984)

S.W.A.T.
- Silent Night, Deadly Night (1975)

Simon & Simon
- Shadow of Sam Penny (1983)

Trapper John, M.D.
- Fat Chance (1983)
- Slim Chance (1980)

Twilight Zone
- The After Hours (1960 above left)
- Jess-Belle (1963 above right)

Vega$
- Mother Mishkin (1978)

The Virginian
- Gun Quest (1970)
- All Nice and Legal (1964)

Wings
- The Lady Vanishes (1996)

Without a Trace
- Shadows (2004)

Wonder Woman
- Beauty on Parade (1976)

In 1965, Francis was cast as Honey West, a sexy private detective with a pet ocelot; the character was initially introduced on the ABC series, Burke's Law, and then spun-off in her own series Honey West (1965–1966) which was the first TV series with a female detective character's name in the title. She won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award for the role.

Anne Francis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1611 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on January 6, 2011.

In 1968, she played the role of Georgia James in the feature film Funny Girl and one year later played Nancy Ingersoll, the wife of Jerry Lewis' character in the comedy Hook, Line and Sinker. She also co-starred in Impasse, an adventure film starring Burt Reynolds.

At the start of the final season in 1971 of CBS's My Three Sons, Francis played bowling alley waitress Terri Dowling, who marries character Laird Fergus McBain Douglas of Sithian Bridge, Scotland, and returned to his homeland as royalty. (Fred MacMurray played the dual character roles of Steve Douglas and Fergus McBain Douglas in this four-part story arc). She was also a murder victim in the Columbo episode "A Stitch in Crime", with guest star Leonard Nimoy. In 1977, she appeared as Lt. Cmdr. Gladys Hope, the head nurse in two episodes of Robert Conrad's World War II series Baa Baa Black Sheep.

During the 1980–1981 season of CBS's Dallas, Francis had a recurring role as Arliss Cooper, the mother of Mitch and Afton Cooper. She later played "Mama Jo" in the 1984 TV-detective series Riptide. She made an appearance in Matlock, another popular detective series and in The Golden Girls as Trudy McMann, Dorothy's friend from high school.

In 1989 and 1990, she guest-starred in several episodes of Angela Lansbury's Murder, She Wrote, returning to her full name of Anne Lloyd Francis in the show's credits. She guest starred in 1998 as Kate Walsh's mom in a two-part episode of The Drew Carey Show. Francis' final television acting role came in a 2004 episode of the CBS series, Without a Trace.

Francis was married to Bamlet Lawrence Price, Jr., from May 1952 through April 1955 and to Robert Abeloff from 1960 through 1964; she never remarried after divorcing Abeloff. She and Abeloff had one daughter together, Jane Elizabeth Abeloff (Uemura), born on March 21, 1962, in Los Angeles. Francis later adopted Margaret "Maggie" West in 1970, one of the first adoptions granted to a single person in California. Anne Francis was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007; she kept her fans informed of her progress on her official website. She died on January 2nd, 2011, from complications due to pancreatic cancer at a retirement home in Santa Barbara, California, a little more than a month after the death of her Forbidden Planet co-star Leslie Nielsen. She is survived by her two daughters and one grandchild.

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