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]

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]

Bliss' first voice work was the role of the wicked stepsister Anastasia Tremaine in Walt Disney's 1950 feature film Cinderella,[4] for which she was honored 50 years later by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award in March 2000.[5]

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. 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]


Bliss died from natural causes on November 8, 2012 at the age of 96.[2][6] She is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.




  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". Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  4. ^ "How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Magic Every Day of Your Life" Pat Williams, James Denney, and Jim Denney. (HCI, 2004)
  5. ^ "21st Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  6. ^ "Lucille Bliss: 1916-2012". Behind The Voice Actors. 1916-03-31. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 

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