January 12, 1912
Albany, New York, U.S.
|Died||December 19, 1969
Van Nuys, California, U.S.
|Years active||1936 – 1969|
Sara Berner (January 12, 1912 – December 19, 1969) was an American film, television and radio actress. Her supporting roles included two for Alfred Hitchcock. She played the upstairs neighbor in the 1954 feature Rear Window. Her final film role as the uncredited voice of a telephone operator in the 1959 film, North by Northwest.
Born Lillian Herdan in Albany, New York, the first of the five children of Sam Herdan and Sarah Herdan (née Berner) .
Berner was also active as a radio and cartoon voice talent, working primarily with the Warner Bros. animation department but receiving no screen credit; all on-screen voice credits were given to Mel Blanc at that time. Examples include the uncredited voice of Mama Buzzard in The Bashful Buzzard and Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid, the singing voice of one-time character A. Flea in the 1943 short, An Itch in Time and an uncredited role as the female voices in 1947's Book Revue. In the 1943 propaganda short Tokyo Woes, she voiced the titular character, modeled after Japanese radio announcer "Tokyo Rose".
She worked for the Walter Lantz studios as the title character in a number of Andy Panda shorts, as well as voicing Chilly Willy in his first film appearance. For MGM she voiced Jerry Mouse a few times, most notably in the fantasy dance sequence with Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh.
Berner died in 1969. She was buried at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.
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