Mel is best known for his comedies, such as Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstien, and he worked with other comedy greats such as Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner. As well as writing, he also directed, produced and did stand-up routines.
Anne Bancroft was born in 1931 in the Bronx. Her acting career resulted in an Academy Award, Tony Awards, Emmies and Golden Globes. One of her best known roles was as Helen Keller in the Miracle Worker. And of course she was Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate.
They met in 1961 at a taping of a Perry Como show in which Anne was singing. According to one story Mel was waiting for her backstage when she finished and said, "I'm Mel Brooks and I'm going to marry you," He apparently bribed someone to find out where Anne was having dinner next night so he could "accidentally" bump into her. The attraction went both ways, Anne said "Mel had a lethal weapon: He made me laugh to death. I fell instantly in love with him."
Three years later they were.married. The wedding was definitely not a Hollywood affair. They were married at the New York Municipal Building and used a passer-by, Andrew Boone, as a witness
Mel said of his wife; "From that day, until her death on June 5, 2005, we were glued together" and another time "I'm married to a beautiful and talented woman who can lift your spirits just by looking at you."
They had one son Max, who became an author and was also the recipient of an Emmy.
Talking about what made the marriage work, Mel said, "You know, it took because Anne and I both grew up during the marriage, we both grew up, we both knew what was really important, and what love meant, and ... what doing for each other meant."
James Parish quoted him in The Seriously Funny Side of Mel Brooks as saying "I really like her, you know? As well as love her ... I think that that's really what a good relationship is based on -- liking each other."
Anne died of uterine cancer in 2005. The services were private but the lights of Broadway were dimmed in her honour.