RIP 'Forbidden Planet' & 'Honey West' Star Anne Francis
Anne Francis, who costarred with Leslie Nielsen in the 1950s, sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet," played a mannequin with memory loss in an episode of the Twilight Zone, and later starred as a sexy L.A. detective with a pet ocelot in the the 60s TV series "Honey West," died Sunday at a retirement home in Santa Barbara rom complications related to pancreatic cancer. She was 80.
Francis started her career as a child model and radio actress, reached cult status for her long-legged role as Alta, won a Golden Globe (and earned an Emmy nomination) for her glamourous-wardrobe-wearing, lipstick-radio-using, exploding-earring-throwing, large-cat-owning portrayal of a Bond-esque private eye in the Aaron Spelling produced series Honey West, and had leading or supporting roles in more than 30 films.
The twice-divorced Francis is survived by two daughters and a grandson, reports the LA Times.