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Anne Bancroft, 1931-2005.

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Anne Bancroft and Dustin HoffmanArthur Penn, who directed Anne Bancroft in her Academy Award-winning role of Annie Sullivan in 1962’s "The Miracle Worker," said of her: "More happens in her face in ten seconds than happens in most women’s faces in ten years." She was only 36 when she played the bored, predatory Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate," made up to look older and dissolute, and neatly stealing the film from beneath the young Dustin Hoffman‘s (himself already 30) nose. Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson proved so iconic the role still overshadows her other, very worthy, work. She said in 2003:

I am quite surprised that with all my work, and some of it is very, very good, that nobody talks about "The Miracle Worker." We’re talking about Mrs. Robinson. I understand the world, I’m just a little dismayed that people aren’t beyond it yet.

Revisiting the film, to which he originally gave four stars, for it’s thirty-year anniversary re-release, Roger Ebert found that Mrs. Robinson was the only character who endured in what was becoming a dated relic of an era:

Mrs. Robinson is the only person in the movie who is not playing old tapes. She is bored by a drone of a husband, she drinks too much, she seduces Benjamin not out of lust but out of kindness or desperation…She is also sardonic, satirical and articulate — the only person in the movie you would want to have a conversation with.

+ Actress Anne Bancroft Dies at Age 73 (AP)
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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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