Jane Elizabeth Abeloff is best known as the daughter of Anne Francis, a renowned American actress celebrated for her groundbreaking role in the movie “Forbidden Planet” and the TV series “Honey West”. Through “Honey West”, Francis transformed how women were perceived onscreen, portraying a sharp-witted blonde detective. In this article, we’ll explore more about Jane Elizabeth, her iconic mother, and their wealth.
Jane Elizabeth’s Background
- Born: 21 March 1962, Los Angeles, California, United States. Currently, she’s 62 years old.
- Parents: Anne Francis and Robert Abeloff.
- Family: She has a half-sister, Margaret Francis West, adopted by her mother post her separation from Robert Abeloff. Grandparents include Philip Francis and Edith Francis.
- Not much is known about Jane Elizabeth’s early life through public records.
A Glimpse into Anne Francis’ Life
Childhood and Beginnings
- Born: 16 September 1930, Ossining, New York.
- Parents: Philip Ward Francis and Edith Francis. Anne was their only child.
- At a tender age of 5, during the Great Depression, Francis began her career in showbiz, modeling to support her family.
- Her Broadway debut was at the age of 11.
- Francis’ cinematic debut was in “This Time for Keeps” in 1974.
- Prior to her prominent role in “Blackboard Jungle”, she had supporting roles in movies like “So Young, So Bad”, “Susan Slept Here”, and “Bad Day at Black Rock”.
- Pinnacle of her career: Portraying Ataira in “Forbidden Planet” (1956), an Oscar-nominated sci-fi classic.
- On the small screen, she had roles in “The Untouchables”, “The Twilight Zone”, and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”. She also featured in “The Reporter” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”
- Her iconic role in “Honey West” as a clever private investigator earned her nominations for both the Golden Globe and Emmy Awards.
- Francis married twice: first to U.S. Air Force pilot Bamlet Lawrence Price, Jr. (1952-1955) and then Robert Abeloff (1960-1964). She didn’t remarry post her divorce from Abeloff.
- She had a daughter with Abeloff and in 1970, adopted Margaret “Maggie” West. This was notable as it was among the initial adoptions in California granted to a single individual.
- Political affiliation: Democrat.
- After being a lifelong smoker, she quit in the mid-1980s. She was diagnosed with nonsmall-cell lung cancer in 2006 and passed away from complications related to pancreatic cancer on 2 January 2011 in Santa Barbara, CA.
While Jane Elizabeth Abeloff’s exact net worth remains undisclosed, Anne Francis left behind a substantial estate, estimated at $14 million, underscoring her successful acting journey.
Anne Francis, with her distinctive mole near her lower lip, made it to T.V. Guide’s 2015 “50 Sexiest Stars of All Time”, ranking 18th. Her legacy in the world of cinema is undeniable, and Jane Elizabeth’s connection to such an icon is intriguing in itself.
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