Anne Francis the veteran actress, who starred in the incredible sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet before becoming a proto-feminist icon as the titular detective Honey West has passed away. Ms.Francis died as a result of pancreatic cancer at a Santa Barbera, California, retirement home
During her heyday in Hollywood she starred opposite the era’s top leading men, including Spencer Tracy, Paul Newman, Robert Taylor and Glenn Ford in some of the most popular films of the 1950s. Her more than 30 movies included “Bad Day at Black Rock” with Tracy, “Blackboard Jungle” with Ford, “Rogue Cop” with Taylor and “Funny Girl” with Barbara Streisand. But the 1956 film “Forbidden Planet” and “Honey West” was what elevated her to cult icon status.