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Anne Francis, Star Of "Honey West" And "Forbidden Planet", Dead At Age 80

 

Anne Francis, the sultry blonde actress who pioneered the image of women as action heroes in Honey West, has died at age 80 after battling cancer for several years. Francis entered show business at an early age, modeling as a child. She later performed on radio before landing roles in some high profile films such as Bad Day at Black Rock and the 1950s sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet. In the mid-60s, Francis broke new ground by starring as Honey West, the sexy private eye who solved cases while toting around a pet ocelot. The show only lasted a single season, but quickly developed a cult following that endures to this day. Francis was among the first actresses to portray a woman as credible hero in an era where most females were consigned to playing demure housewives. Francis also appeared in a classic episode of The Twilight Zone as a woman

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