Stories about Anne Bancroft have tended to focus on her role as Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate." But as a docent at the National Cathedral for the past year and a half, I have been struck by how many schoolchildren of all ages ask, during cathedral tours, where Helen Keller is buried.

None seem to have heard of Woodrow Wilson (who also is buried at the cathedral), and 20th-century wars are a muddle to them. But they know about Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan. They tell me that their schools still show "The Miracle Worker."

Adults may remember "The Graduate," but Ms. Bancroft's greatest contribution may have been to show today's children the anguish of trying to learn with a disability and the doors that teachers can open for children.




The headline on the June 8 Style appreciation of Anne Bancroft called her "The Actress Who Had a Leg Up on Stardom," and an accompanying photo caption said that "she is best known as Mrs. Robinson." It might be worth noting that the leg in the photo (a scene from "The Graduate") did not belong to Ms. Bancroft, but to a model named Linda Gray, who later became Sue Ellen Ewing on "Dallas."