Blondell as Honeybee Willis, "The Life of Riley"
August 16, 1910|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||March 25, 1986
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Albert Broccoli (1940–1945; divorced)
Victor Hunter (1962–1980; his death)
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).
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, Blondell 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 died at age 75 in Los Angeles, California from cancer and was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California.
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