Blondell as Honeybee Willis (The Life of Riley)
August 16, 1910|
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
|Died||March 25, 1986
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Albert Broccoli (1940–1945; divorced)
Victor Hunter (1962–1980; his death)
Blondell came from a family of entertainers. She once said, "[S]ome member of my family has been in the theater ever since the time of Richard the Lionhearted." Her father, Ed Blondell, was an actor for 80 years.
Blondell said that she first went on stage when she was 9 months old, and she was described as "a trouper at three [years of age]." Her family comprised a vaudeville troupe, the "Bouncing Blondells", whose members were her parents, her sister and her brother.
She may be 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).
She 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.
She married film producer on Albert Broccoli July 26, 1940; they divorced August 7, 1945. She married, secondly, to advertising man Vic Hunter on September 14, 1946, in Monterey, California. She married, thirdly, to Victor Hunter from 1962 to 1980.
She died at age 75 in 1986 in Santa Monica, California from cancer and was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California.
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