Anne Francis dies at 80

Anne Francis dies at 80; costarred in the 1950s science-fiction classic ‘Forbidden Planet’

Anne Francis died yesterday at age 80.  Every obituary will inevitably begin with mention of “Forbidden Planet.”  But to those who knew her personally — I didn’t — but  to those who did,  she was more than a hot dame in a tight silver suit with a Robbie Robot BFF.  

Anne had roles in such aclaimed films as Funny Girl and Blackboard Jungle.  And she was perfectly cast as the hot blonde detective Honey West in the 1960s TV show of the same name.

I have not seen any of these films.  For one, I am not a fan of Babs as an actress and watching Glenn Ford and  Sidney Poitier’s work would only further undermine my affection for the campy performanes of Jim Belushi and Lou Gossett in The Principal.  And who wants that?

I was introudced to Ms. Francis in a more roundabout fashion — The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Before you head to imdb to see what part she played because you can’t remember — you didn’t because she wasn’t.   [BTW — what the hell ever happened to Jim Sharman anyway?]  I have never been much of a fan of the film.   Not as a late night cult classic, where attendees hurl borderline witty commentary and puns along with pieces of toast at the screen, nor as a 50’s horror/sci-fi parody.

But the soundtrack.  Hot patootie, bless my soul.   I really love that rock and roll…and the Rocky Horror soundtrack.

Although many of my generation can hum along to the Time Warp (Do the pelvic thrust!!), sandwiched among the ballads extolling crossdressing and man-loving was a sweet acoustic guitar diddy celebrating the sci-fi classics of yore —  Science Fiction/Double Feature.

“Science fiction — double feature
Dr. X will build a creature
See Androids fighting Brad and Janet
Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet
Oh — at the late night double feature
Picture show.”

Farewell Ms. Francis.  You will be missed.

And you looked great in a shiny silver suit as well.

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