Actress Anne Francis, 80, passed away Sunday from pancreatic cancer, her daughter told the Los Angeles Times.
Francis – best known for being a sex symbol and her hit science-fiction classic Forbidden Planet – was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007 and placed into a retirement home in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Francis’s career began at a young age as she modeled to assist her family financially and debuted on Broadway at age 11. In the 1950s, she appeared in movies including So Young So Bad, Susan Slept Here, and Blackboard Jungle. She then moved on to television, appearing in shows like Honey West, My Three Sons, and Dallas, to name a few.
Francis told fans of her health issues and that she hoped to improve in order to sign autographs and answer mail – unfortunately that never happened.