Gloria Blondell

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Gloria Blondell
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Blondell as Honeybee Willis (The Life of Riley)
Born (1910-08-16)August 16, 1910
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Died March 25, 1986(1986-03-25) (aged 75)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1938–1962
Spouse(s) Albert Broccoli (1940–1945; divorced)
Victor Hunter (1962–1980; his death)

Gloria Blondell (August 16, 1910 – March 25, 1986) was an actress and voice actor between 1938 and 1962, and was the younger sister of Joan Blondell.[1]

In 1935 she appeared in the Broadway production of Three Men on a Horse at the Playhouse in New York City. She is probably best remembered for her role as Honeybee Gillis in the 1950s era sitcom, The Life of Riley. She appeared as enviably curvaceous Grace Foster in the I Love Lucy episode, "The Anniversary Present" (1952).[2]

Blondell portrayed an aging prostitute who rescues a town from a trio of criminals in "The Looters", an episode of Wanted Dead or Alive. For Daisy Duck's second appearance as a Disney cartoon character, she took over, marking the debut of Daisy's "normal" voice. Blondell would voice Daisy for six of her nine speaking appearances during the classic shorts era.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She was married twice, first to film producer Albert Broccoli (1940–1945) and, second, to Victor Hunter (1962–1980).[2]


She died at age 75 in Santa Monica, California from cancer and was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California.[1]


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