Billie Mae Richards

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Billie Mae Richards
Billie Mae Richards.jpg
Born Billy Mae Dinsmore
(1921-11-21)November 21, 1921
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died September 10, 2010(2010-09-10) (aged 88)
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Cause of death
Stroke
Resting place
Cremation
Other names Billy Richards
Years active 1964–2010
Children Judi Richards

Billie Mae Richards (November 21, 1921 – September 10, 2010) was a Canadian voice actress, who also appeared onstage and on television.

Career[edit]

Born as Billy Mae Dinsmore in Toronto, she was best known for voicing Rankin/Bass' version of the character Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from 1964 to 1979. She also voiced Tenderheart Bear in the first two Care Bears movies, as well as the DIC-produced television series (credited as "Billie Mae Richard"), and Brightheart Raccoon in the Nelvana-produced Care Bears television series.[1]

Richards' four other appearances in Rankin-Bass productions were in Willie McBean and his Magic Machine, The King Kong Show, The Smokey Bear Show and The Daydreamer (both from the mid-1960s) and Rudolph in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and its sequels. About that same time, she appeared in the original Spider-Man television series. She also voiced all the female characters in The Undersea Adventures of Captain Nemo and The Toothbrush Family with Len Carlson, who voiced all the male ones.[citation needed]

She also made a guest appearances on the television shows Maniac Mansion, My Secret Identity, War of the Worlds and The Hidden Room. She also had a bit part in the 1998 horror film Bram Stoker's Shadow Builder, in which her character was attacked with an axe by Paul Soles (who had played Hermey the elf in the original Rudolph special), and the 2001 short Bluehair.

Billie Mae Richards also did the voice of Floyd in 2004.

Richards retired to Toronto. She was at one time married to musician Bill Richards and their daughter Judi Richards is a successful pop singer and songwriter.[2]

Death[edit]

Richards died on September 10, 2010, from a stroke.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schaefer, William M. "Billie Mae Richards: The Voice of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", Filmfax #105, January 2005. Archived on billiemaerichards.com. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
  2. ^ Betty Nygaard King. "Judi Richards". The Canadian Encyclopedia. 
  3. ^ Young, John (September 14, 2010). "Billie Mae Richards, voice of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, dies at 88". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 

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