Anne Francis, star of FORBIDDEN PLANET lost her battle with cancer on Sunday, January 2nd, 2011. Diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007, Francis died of complications due to pancreatic cancer at a retirement home in Santa Barbara, California. The actress was 80 years old.
A New York native, Francis co-starred alongside Leslie Nielsen in the classic science-fiction film, FORBIDDEN PLANET, and was awarded a Golden Globe for her portrayal of βHoney West.β Francis also starred in numerous classic television programs including βThe Twilight Zoneβ where she took on the title role of βJess-Belleβ and played the very frightened and confused Marsha White in the classic episode βThe After-Hours.β
Anne Francis is survived by her daughter, Jane Elizabeth Abeloff.