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Mel Brooks Still Cherishes Late Wife Anne Bancroft's Great Kisses and Spaghetti | "She Was a Gift From God"
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Mel Brooks Still Cherishes Late Wife Anne Bancroft's Great Kisses and Spaghetti | "She Was a Gift From God"

Although Brooks went on to accomplish many things in his long career, he still considers his marriage to Bancroft his greatest accomplishment.

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The Hollywood industry bears witness to a great many memorable romances and iconic couples and Mel Brooks' marriage with Anne Bancroft is one of them. According to PEOPLE, Brooks still cherishes every moment they spent together before Bancroft's death in 2005 from uterine cancer at the age of 73. "There were a lot of great kisses and great spaghetti," he said, adding that "living this life without her is not easy."

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The 96-year-old Oscar winner met Bancroft for the first time on February 5, 1961, at a taping of a Perry Como TV special. According to CBS, Brooks recalls that he was stunned by her beauty the moment he laid eyes on her during one of her rehearsals. "And she's wearing a white gown and she has jet black, shiny hair and the most beautiful eyes, and the most beautiful figure. And it was just like, I said, 'Kismet? Luck? What?' Anyway, I'm in love. I know I'm just struck by her. I'm struck and I'm in love," Brooks confessed.