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Anne Francis, R.I.P.

By admin Published: January 3, 2011

After a nice, long vacation (punctuated by some moviegoing) the blog is back in business. And one of the first orders is to note the passing of Anne Francis, the screen and TV actress.

The L.A. Times obit linked above devotes most of its space to "Honey West," the ABC series where Francis played a private eye. This somewhat undervalues the rest of her career, which isn't entirely fair, since she did lots of good work elsewhere, including with top performers. (Look at her hold her own with Spencer Tracy and others in "Bad Day at Black Rock.")

At the same time, I probably would not have become a fan were it not for "Honey West." My admiration may have developed in part from being 14 years old when "Honey West" premiered. While the show ran for just one season, on ABC in 1965-66, but there was considerable attention paid to Francis's smart, sexy, tough character. Emma Peel, played by Diana Rigg on "The Avengers," was even cooler -- and had more sustained success -- but on American TV, at least, Honey West preceded her. And, as I said, Francis went on to other good work, and merited all admiration sent her way.

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