Saturday, May 18, 2024

RIP: Anne Francis, Pete Postlethwaite


Two great stars have passed away.

Pete Postlethwaite was an Oscar nominee in 1993 for “In the Name of the Father.” He was 64, and well known to American audiences for being in two Steven Spielberg movies, “Amistad” and “Jurassic Park.”

Postlethwaite was so popular with directors he was in three hits this season: “Inception,” “The Town,” and “Clash of the Titans.” He was one of those rare character actors who “made” a good movie with memorable performances.

Anne Francis–if you are of a certain age, you will remember Anne Francis as “Honey West” on TV circa 1965. She guest starred on every major show of the time, from “The Man from UNCLE” to “Mission: Impossible,” appeared in the movie “Funny Girl,” and literally worked every year right up through 2004. Francis, who was 80, was a cool, bright, blonde who was smart and sexy. She was, also, incidentally, a star of the great B movie “Forbidden Planet.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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