Sunday, February 14, 2016

Anne Francis, Robby the Robot's pal, dies at 80.

The screen siren of the 1950s and '60s passes away just a few weeks after her "Forbidden Planet" co-star, Leslie Nielsen.

Anne Francis, Robby the Robot's pal, dies at 80.

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Anne Francis, the Hollywood siren whose leading men included James Cagney, George Raft, Glenn Ford and, most famously, Robby the Robot in the 1956 sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet, died yesterday, January 2nd. She was 80. Here’s a publicity shot from the film. (Leslie Nielsen, who died in late November, was also Francis’ co-star in Forbidden Planet.)

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