"Forbidden Planet" actress Anne Francis dies at 80

Mon Jan 3, 2011 12:31pm EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actress Anne Francis, who appeared in dozens of television shows and movies including "Forbidden Planet," died in California on Sunday, her daughter told The Los Angeles Times. She was 80.

Francis died of complications of pancreatic cancer at a retirement home in Santa Barbara, California, after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007, her daughter, Jane Uemura, told the Times.

The New York-born blond beauty was best known for her roles in the 1956 science-fiction classic "Forbidden Planet" opposite Leslie Nielsen and Walter Pidgeon, as well as her title role playing a female private detective in the mid-1960s television series, "Honey West," which earned her a Golden Globe.

Without becoming a major film star, she also had starring or supporting roles in movies including "Blackboard Jungle," "Funny Girl," and "Hook, Line and Sinker," but later more frequently appeared in guest star roles on television.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Jill Serjeant)