Gloria Wood

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Gloria Wood (September 8, 1923 – March 4, 1995) was a singer and cartoon voice actress. Her rare voice was in the four-octave range. She was able to imitate other voices.

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On May 26, 1958, Time Magazine wrote:

  • "The most pervasive voice in radio or television belongs neither to Bing Crosby nor Perry Como, but to a pretty, twinkly, auburn-haired girl named Gloria Wood. Blessed with a four-octave range and a gift for mimicry, Gloria can sing high or low, squeaky or sweet, on demand and to order. And the demand for such special talents is tremendous. ... One firm planned a commercial featuring an eight-year-old boy, a nine-year-old girl, their mother and grandmother. Gloria did all four characters. ... With her four-octave range, which she claims matches the eerie range of Peruvian Vocal Acrobat Yma Sumac, she can take off from low C below middle C and soar to C above high C. But this endowment also drives Gloria to despair: nobody wants to hear her sing straight... Gloria did solid hitches with Horace Heidt and Kay Kyser... The movies have called on her to provide the voice of many a nonsinging star. She sang for Marilyn Monroe in "River of No Return", for Vera-Ellen in "White Christmas". ..."I like making money", she admits. "But I'd like to be known for all the things I've done." Nobody knows Gloria Wood."[1]


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