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Like A Beacon In The Galaxy

January 3rd, 2011

Actress Anne Francis died yesterday at the age of 80, five weeks to the day after the death of her Forbidden Planet costar, Leslie Nielsen. I had intended to write something about Nielsen after his passing, but to be honest, I don’t know what more I could add about either him or Anne Francis other than to say that to this day Forbidden Planet remains one of my very favorite films and they were both terrific in it. Francis was perhaps better known for her roles as private detective Honey West or the living mannequin in the Twilight Zone episode “The After Hours,” and Nielsen of course enjoyed a prolific second career as filmdom’s spoofster-in-residence, but for me they’ll always be the stalwart Commander Adams and the beautiful Altaira, cruising between the stars.

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