Movie legend Mel Brooks was so poor when he first met his actress wife ANNE BANCROFT, she had to pay his way.

The 78-year-old is a multi-millionaire off the back of the movie and theatre success of The Producers and other ventures, but was struggling when he began dating Bancroft, his wife of 40 years.

He says, "I didn't have any money and I moved in with her. She paid the rent and when we went to a Chinese restaurant, she'd slip the money under the table so I could pay the bill.

"And she'd say, 'Don't leave such a big tip; it's my money.'"

03/11/2004 02:30