Anne Francis, the American actress and star of the 1950's science fiction movie 'Forbidden Planet', has died at a nursing home in Santa Barbara, California, aged 80, reports the Press Association. Francis, who also appeared as the eponymous 'Honey West' in the US crime drama series, passed away on Sunday (1st January 2011).
Francis' daughter Jane Uemura confirmed that her mother died of complications of pancreatic cancer after being diagnosed with the disease back in 2007. She had undergone surgery and chemotherapy between 2007 and 2008 and kept fans updated on her progress via her official website. Throughout her career, the actress had starred alongside Spencer Tracy, Paul Newman, Glenn Ford, and the recently deceased Leslie Nielsen. In 'Honey West', Francis played a private detective who was regarded as being the 'female James Bond', and her performances over the series' 30 episodes won Francis an EMMY AWARD nomination. During an interview in 1999 the actress recalled, "A lot of people speak to me about Honey West. The character made young women think there was more they could reach for. It encouraged a lot of people."
Francis is survived by her two daughters Jane and Maggie, as well as her one grandson.