That face, that attitude, that famous mole next to her lips . . . there's never been anybody even remotely like the beautiful Anne Francis, who, believe it or not, has film credits from the late 1940s all the way up to the 1990s. In addition, it seems as if she has made an appearance in every television show ever produced, which is not true of course, but it still seems that way. We can remember her in the Twilight Zone (as that mannequin!), and on Route 66 a couple of times, and on her own show, Honey West in the mid-60s, and later everything from My Three Sons to The F.B.I. to Dallas and even The Golden Girls. Back in 1969 she even turned up in a made-for-TV movie with Ralph Meeker, called Lost Flight.
The Anne Francis film credits are just as interesting. Within a two-year period, from 1955 to 1956, she appeared in Battle Cry, The Blackboard Jungle and Forbidden Planet! Later, in the 60s, she starred with George Maharis in the cult thriller The Satan Bug and the same year appeared with Jeffrey Hunter in another thriller, Brainstorm. A few years after that she turned up with Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl, although her screen time in that film amounted to very little (which is understandable). How many people even remember Anne Francis being in Funny Girl?
We've barely scratched the surface of the Anne Francis film and TV credits here. There are so many more. Maybe if we ever have a year of free time on our hands we'll try to compile all those credits. Mainly what we wanted to mention on this page is the fact that we actually met this lady a few years ago and found her to be utterly charming and as lovely as ever. We were so in awe of her that we just wanted to reach out and fondle that little mole next to her mouth, which we'd seen maybe hundreds of time on big and small screens since, well, the beginning of time. Don't worry, we restrained ourselves, and Miss Francis graciously inscribed an issue of The Meeker Museum Newsletter which happened to contain a mention of her. She also sold us a copy of her 1982 book, Voices from Home: An Inner Journey, an account of her spiritual transformation and involvement with mysticism and psychic phenomena. We're not sure, but we think Miss Francis's book may actually predate all of the similarly-themed Shirley MacLaine books.
So were we stunned at finally getting to meet Anne Francis? Oh yes! In fact, only Lucy Ricardo ever got more excited over seeing a movie star in person.
Hunter Anne Francis
Director: William Conrad
Francis Robby the Robot
Director: Fred M. Wilcox