American actress Anne Francis died on January 2, 2011 in a retirement home in Santa Barbara, California as a result of complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 80. Francis was born Anne Lloyd Francis on September 16, 1930 in Ossining, New York and was featured in the film “Forbidden Planet” (1956) along with the recently deceased Leslie Nielsen. Anne would go on to gain fame in the TV series “Honey West” as one of TV’s first female detectives and her character was similar to James Bond and ran from 1965-1966. Francis began her career as a child model and progressed to radio and TV. Anne appeared in one Euro-western as Flo in 1972's “Pancho Villa” starring Telly Savalas.
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.