Anne Bancroft

"The Producers" (Musical) Los Angeles Opening Night - Red Carpet Arrivals

Bancroft in 2003, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Anna Maria Louisa Italiano

Date of Birth: September 17, 1931

Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: June 6, 2005

Place of Death: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Italian

Anne Bancroft was an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Miracle Worker (1962).

Her parents, Carmella “Mildred” (Di Napoli) and Michael Italiano, were born in New York, and all of their own parents were Italian immigrants. Anne was married to director/writer/actor Mel Brooks, until her death. Their son is author and screenwriter Max Brooks.

Anne’s paternal grandparents were Luigi/Louis Italiano (the son of Michael Italiano) and Guana/Julia.

Anne’s maternal grandfather was Antonio Di Napoli. Antonio was born in Muro Lucano, Province of Potenza, Basilicata, Italy.

Anne’s maternal grandmother was Anna Maria Lopilato (the daughter of Donantonio/Donato Lopilato and Anna Maria Urbano Scaringi). Anne’s grandmother Anna was born in Muro Lucano. Donantonio was the son of Michelangelo Lopilato and Anna Maria Zanniello. Anne’s great-grandmother Anna was the daughter of Giovanni/John Urbano and Maria Scaringi.

Sources: Anne’s parents on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Anne’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Passenger record of Anne’s maternal grandfather, Antonio Di Napoli –

Genealogy of Anne’s maternal grandmother, Anna Maria Lopilato –


Curious about ethnicity

7 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Antonio Di Napoli was also from Muro Lucano:

  2. andrew says:

    she looks like Italian movie stars from 50s in that pic

  3. anen87 says:

    Italiano very fitting as her surname too bad she didn’t use it as her Star name. Prejudice in Hollywood?

    • neiltennant says:

      yes i totally agree

      but mind that it was in the 50s when she first played in movies

      and that name would have been very ethnic

      Italiens had been a ethnic minority at that time haha

  4. levangelista36 says:

    Absolutely gorgeous in The Graduate.

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