4 Jan 2011

Death of US actress Anne Francis

4:30 pm on 4 January 2011

Actress Anne Francis, who played a female private detective in a hit series on television in the 1960s, died in California on Sunday.

Francis, 80, was best known for her role in the 1956 science-fiction classic Forbidden Planet opposite Leslie Nielsen and Walter Pidgeon.

She also had the title role as a female private detective in the mid-1960s television series, Honey West, which earned her a Golden Globe.

She also appeared in Blackboard Jungle, Funny Girl and Hook, Line and Sinker.

Francis died of complications of pancreatic cancer at a retirement home in Santa Barbara, California.