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 grandfather was named Luigi/Louis Italiano (the son of Michael Italiano).

Anne’s paternal grandmother was named 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 –


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