'Forbidden Planet' Actress Anne Francis Dies at 80

January 3, 2011

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Not one to waste any time, 2011 has sadly claimed another victim: film and television star Anne Francis. According to the LA Times, she died Sunday at a Santa Barbara retirement home due to complications of pancreatic cancer. She was 80 years old.

The actress appeared in over 30 films throughout her career--most notably, the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet--and starred as the empowered, pet-ocelot-owning, slinky-outfit-wearing private detective Honey West in the Aaron Spelling series of the same name, earning her a Golden Globe and paving the way for future generations of women to realize they too could be private detectives, and own pet ocelots. Despite the praise she received, the series was soon canceled. Francis's television career, however, continued, with the actress making consistent one-off appearances in a variety of series until 2004.

As her death comes so soon after co-star Leslie Nielsen's passing, it's probably times like this Robby the Robot is glad he can't truly understand human sorrow.

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