Anne Francis, "Forbidden Planet" Star, Dies at 80

Muscle man Lou Ferrigno flexes his muscles with actress Anne Francis at the Hollywood Collectors and Celebrity Show held at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn January 20, 2001 in North Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers) Newsmakers

Muscle man Lou Ferrigno flexes his muscles with actress Anne Francis at the Hollywood Collectors and Celebrity Show on Jan. 20, 2001, in North Hollywood, Calif.
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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) Anne Francis, the actress who played the love interest in the 1950s science-fiction classic "Forbidden Planet" and later portrayed a sexy private eye in TV's "Honey West" has died at age 80 in California.

Francis died Sunday of natural causes at a local nursing home, funeral director Bill Guntle said.

The actress was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007 and underwent surgery and chemotherapy. She died of complications of pancreatic cancer at a retirement home in Santa Barbara, Calif., her daughter Jane Uemura told the Los Angeles Times.

Friends and family members were with her, a family spokeswoman, Melissa Fitch, told the paper.

Francis had a childhood career in radio and TV and on Broadway before she moved into the movie industry. In later years, she returned to television, appearing in dozens of series.

In "Honey West," which aired from 1965 to 1966, she played a female James Bond who kept a pet ocelot.

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