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Anne Francis Dead at 80

‘Forbidden Planet’ Star Anne Francis Dies at Age 80

The actress, who had roles in more than 30 movies, achieved cult status as Altaira in cult classic

Anne Francis, who played the first female detective to be featured in a weekly TV series in 1965's Honey West, died Sunday of complications of pancreatic cancer at a retirement home in Santa Barbara, the Los Angeles Times reported, She was 80.

Francis also starred in the 1956 science-fiction classic Forbidden Planet and had roles in more than 30 movies, including Bad Day at Black Rock; Battle Cry; Blackboard Jungle; The Hired Gun; Don't Go Near the Water; Brainstorm; Funny Girl; and Hook, Line and Sinker.

Honey West was introduced to ABC viewers in an episode of Burke's Law in spring 1965. It served as the pilot for the half-hour series, which was executive produced by Aaron Spelling. In the show, Francis' character inherited a Los Angeles detective agency from her father and had a partner (played by John Ericson) and a pet ocelot. She won a Golden Glove for her role in the show, which ran for 30 episodes.

Francis also appeared in many other TV series, including an episode of The Twilight Zone in which she played a department store mannequin that comes to life at night.

A native of Ossining, N.Y., the former child actress came to Hollywood and signed contracts with Fox and then MGM. She achieved cult status as one of the stars of MGM's Forbidden Planet as Altaira, the daughter of the scientist played by Walter Pidgeon.

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A very gifted and sexy actress - she was great in the Twilight Zone episodes in which she appeared as well as her other film and television roles.
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Anne Francis starred in ...Forbidden Planet
At the late night double feature picture show.
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what a beauty.
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Who's next, Robbie the Robot?!
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Devastating. I've always liked her, since first watching "Honey West" as a kid and then seeing her in tons of movies and TV shows, esp. her 1950s movies. She was incredibly hot, as well as being a good actress.
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Just caught up with Forbidden Planet and she was pretty smokin'. RIP.
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RIP. First we lost Leslie Nielsen a few weeks back and now Anne Francis. Robbie the Robot better indeed watch out.
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Originally Posted by hollywoodreporter.com
Anne Francis starred in ...Forbidden Planet
Originally Posted by Eddie W View Post
At the late night double feature picture show.
For those of you who might not be familiar with the reference, Francis's name was in the lyrics of the song Science Fiction/Double Feature, the opening song from the stage play and movie The Rocky Horror (Picture) Show.

See androids fighting Brad and Janet
Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet
Wuh uh uh oh o-o-oh
At the late night, double feature, picture show.
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RIP.

A current movie-watching project is seeing all the movies referenced in that song. Now, Janet Scott is the only person named in the song who's left alive.

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