B. J. Ward (actress)

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B. J. Ward
BornBetty Jean Ward
(1944-09-16) September 16, 1944 (age 74)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
OccupationActress, voice actress, singer
Years active1960–2016
AgentSBV Talent Agency
Spouse(s)Donald Trenner
(m. 1960s; div. 19??)
Gordon Hunt
(m. 1995; died 2016)

Betty Jean Ward (born September 16, 1944), professionally known as B. J. Ward, is an American actress, voice actress and singer. She is the creator and star of Stand-Up Opera, a musical one-woman show, and is a licensed aviator.

Early life[edit]

Betty Jean Ward was born in Wilmington, Delaware, but grew up in New York City.

Personal life[edit]

Ward was first married to Donald Trenner in the mid 1960s, they divorced a couple years later.[1] She later married to director Gordon Hunt from 1995 until his death in 2016. Her stepdaughter is actress Helen Hunt.

Acting career[edit]

Early career[edit]

She made her debut on the stage in 1960, in the original off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, where she was an understudy for the role of Luisa/the Girl. B.J. Ward had gotten the part by calling the producer of the show.[2]

She toured with the Groundlings for a short while before starting her voice over career on Hanna-Barbera's Jana of the Jungle in 1978.

Voice acting career[edit]

Ward is best known as a voice actress. Her animation voice credits include:

Live-action career[edit]

In 1985, she made a rare film appearance in the TV movie Malice in Wonderland alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Alexander.

Ward has also guest-starred on television series such as Frasier, ER, and In-Laws.

Video game career[edit]

She has also done voices for video games, including:

Other acting and singing work[edit]

In addition, she has also done voiceovers for theme parks, including:




Video games[edit]


  1. ^ Don Heckman (March 13, 1987). "B.J. Ward: She Talks A Good Show". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Don Heckman (March 13, 1987). "B.J. Ward: She Talks A Good Show". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  3. ^ Capcom (2004-04-27). Onimusha 3: Demon Siege. Scene: Closing credits, 0:45 in, cast.

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Preceded by
Christina Lange
Voice of Velma Dinkley
Succeeded by
Nicole Jaffe
Preceded by
Constance Cawlfield (1984–1985)
Voice of Wonder Woman
Succeeded by
Mary McDonald-Lewis (1988)