Yet, despite starring alongside major stars like Paul Newman and Robert Taylor, juicy lead roles eluded Francis. She gravitated to television in the late 1950s and became a popular guest star in series such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Route 66, The Twilight Zone, Dr. Kildare, and many others.
The half-hour TV series Honey West made its debut in 1965 and lasted but one season. Still, it made a lasting impact by showing an independent woman who could best any man--whether it was solving a tough case or beating up a baddie with her judo. Francis's performance earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination. John Ericson, who played Honey's partner Sam, had played Francis's brother ten years earlier in Bad Day at Black Rock.
After Honey West, Francis continued to be in demand as a TV series guest star. She also did occasional films, such as the underrated thriller The Satan Bug and allegedly clashed with Barbra Streisand on the set of Funny Girl.
Anne Francis was treated for lung cancer in 2007. You can read more about her on her web web site: http://www.annefrancis.net/.