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Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft Shared Love and Laughs

Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft Shared Love and Laughs

On the surface it seemed one of the stranger matches of the 20th century: the serious, award-winning dramatic actress Anna Maria Louisa Italiano, and the man whose fertile imagination introduced both flatulence around an Old West campfire and a singing-dancing Adolf Hitler to the silver screen, Melvin Kaminsky. Or, as the world knew them, Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks. Asked about the couple's marriage, which lasted from 1964 until her death from uterine cancer in 2005, an introspective Brooks says in the new PBS American Masters documentary Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, "You know, it took because Anne and I both grew up during the marriage,

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