Lucille Bliss

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Lucille Bliss
Annie Awards Lucille Bliss.jpg
Born Lucille Theresa Bliss[1]
(1916-03-31)March 31, 1916[1]
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died November 8, 2012(2012-11-08) (aged 96)
Costa Mesa, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Natural causes[2]
Resting place
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Occupation actress, voice artist
Years active 1935–2012

Lucille Theresa Bliss (March 31, 1916 – November 8, 2012) was an American actress and voice artist,[3] known in the Bay Area and in Hollywood as the Girl With a Thousand Voices.[4]

A New York City native, Bliss lent her voice to numerous television characters, including the title character of the very first made-for-television cartoon, Crusader Rabbit, Smurfette on the popular 1980s cartoon The Smurfs and Ms. Bitters on the Nickelodeon animated series Invader ZIM. In addition to her television roles, she was known for her work as a voice actor in feature films.

Life and career[edit]

Family[edit]

Bliss' parents were James Francis Bliss and Frieda Simmons Bliss, "a classically trained pianist who wanted Bliss to train as an opera singer."[5] Her father's death in 1928 prompted Mrs. Bliss and Lucille to move to San Francisco.[5]

Radio[edit]

Bliss was active in old-time radio, having roles in Pat Novak, for Hire, Candy Matson, and The Charlie McCarthy Show.[6]

Film[edit]

Bliss' first voice work was the role of the wicked stepsister Anastasia Tremaine in Walt Disney's 1950 feature film Cinderella,[7] for which she was honored 50 years later by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award in March 2000.[8]

Television[edit]

In the early years of television, Bliss acted in Harbor Command and The Lineup.[4] From 1950 to 1957, Bliss was "Auntie Lou" on San Francisco, California's KRON-TV's The Happy Birthday To You Show, also known as Birthday Party Show, which had guests from adults, to children, to animals. The program included use of Disney cartoon characters, as Bliss "picked up exclusive rights in northern California for the right to use Disney clips on her new show."[9] At the same time, she did voices for Hanna-Barbera while they were working for MGM – as Tuffy in Robin Hoodwinked, as Leprechaun in Droopy Leprechaun and later was Hugo on an episode of The Flintstones. She was also the narrator on three stories from the Disney album "Peter Cottontail and Other Funny Bunnies": "Story of Thumper", :Story of the White Rabbit", and "Story of Grandpa Bunny". Bliss was also a voice-over performer for Airborne radio spots in 2004.[citation needed]

Volunteer efforts[edit]

Bliss produced and directed talent shows for the Embarcadero Armed Services YMCA in San Francisco. Some service personnel launched professional careers from those shows.[4]

Death[edit]

Bliss died from natural causes on November 8, 2012 at the age of 96.[2][10] She had no immediate survivors[5] and is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ a b "Lucille Bliss Interview". Archive of American Television. August 26, 2005. 
  2. ^ a b Lucille Bliss dies at 96; voice of Crusader Rabbit and Smurfette Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "Lucille Bliss Dies". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  4. ^ a b c "Lucille Bliss To Guide Y Talent Show". Daily Independent Journal. November 14, 1958. p. 29. Retrieved May 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ a b c "Lucille Bliss, Voice of Smurfette, Dies at 96". The Hollywood Reporter. November 15, 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Necrology for 2012". Nostalgia Digest 39 (2): 24–31. Spring 2013. 
  7. ^ "How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Magic Every Day of Your Life" Pat Williams, James Denney, and Jim Denney. (HCI, 2004)
  8. ^ "21st Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  9. ^ "Disney to Local TV". The Times. February 20, 1954. p. 6. Retrieved May 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ "Lucille Bliss: 1916-2012". Behind The Voice Actors. 1916-03-31. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 

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