Barbara Luddy

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Barbara Luddy
Born (1908-05-25)May 25, 1908
Great Falls, Montana, U.S.
Died April 1, 1979(1979-04-01) (aged 70)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Lung Cancer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1925-1977
Known for Original voice of Kanga from the 1960s Winnie The Pooh film series
Original voice of Lady in Lady and the Tramp
Merryweather in Sleeping Beauty

Barbara Luddy (May 25, 1908 — April 1, 1979) was an American actress from Great Falls, Montana. Her film career began with silent pictures in the 1920s, during which time she was also a prolific radio performer.

Early years[edit]

Luddy was the daughter of Will[1] and Molly Luddy[2] of Helena, Montana.[1] She sang in vaudeville as a child.[3] She attended Ursuline Convent in Great Falls, Montana.[4]

Stage[edit]

In 1929, Luddy toured with Leo Carrillo in Australia as part of a touring company that presented the play Lombardi, Ltd. A review in the Sydney Morning Herald cited Luddy's work portraying a mannequin as "a role in which Miss Barbara Luddy made a great hit by her pert audacity and vivaciousness."[5]

Radio[edit]

Luddy was a member of the dramatic cast of the Chicago Theater of the Air.[6] One of Luddy's better known roles on radio was being a regular performer on The First Nighter Program from 1936 until the series ended in 1953.[6]:118 In 1937, she and fellow First Nighter actor Les Tremayne set what a contemporary newspaper article called "a precedent ... when these signed long term contracts calling for their exclusive services" on the program."[7]

She also played Veronica Gunn in the comedy Great Gunns.[6]:138 In soap operas, she played Judith Clark in Lonely Women[6]:205-206 Carol Evans Martin in The Road of Life,[6]:285 and Janet Munson in Woman in White.[4]

Film[edit]

Luddy is perhaps best remembered for her voice work in Disney animated films such as Lady and the Tramp (in which she played the titular Lady), Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Robin Hood and the Winnie-the-Pooh featurettes including Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too,[8] all of which were edited into the composite feature The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Her other film credits include Terrified (1962) and the TV film Lost Flight (1969).

Television[edit]

Luddy guest starred in episodes of such television programs as Hazel, Dragnet, Adam-12, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

Personal life[edit]

On September 18, 1942, Luddy married R. Ned LeFevre, an actor and announcer, in Winnetka, Illinois.[9]

Death[edit]

Luddy died in Los Angeles, California, in 1979 age 70 from lung cancer.

Filmography[edit]

Year Movie Role Other notes
1955 Lady and the Tramp Lady Voice role
1959 Sleeping Beauty Merryweather Voice role
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians Rover Voice role
1962 Terrified Mrs. Hawley
1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Kanga Voice role
1968 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Kanga Voice role
1973 Robin Hood Mother Sexton (church mouse), Mother Rabbit Voice roles
1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! Kanga Voice role
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Kanga Voice role

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Helena Girl Gains Success on Stage". The Independent Record (Montana, Helena). January 6, 1930. p. 2. Retrieved July 17, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  2. ^ "Barbara Luddy Vacations in Filmdom". Long Beach Independent (California, Long Beach). October 7, 1943. p. 12. Retrieved July 17, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. P. 170.
  4. ^ a b "Joins "Woman in White"". Harrisburg Telegraph (Pennsylvania, Harrisburg). May 31, 1941. p. 24. Retrieved July 17, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ ""Lombardi, Ltd."". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia, Sydney). September 2, 1929. p. 8. Retrieved July 17, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  6. ^ a b c d e Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. P. 74.
  7. ^ "Signed for Fifty-Two Weeks". Pennsylvania, Harrisburg (The Evening News). June 1, 1937. p. 16. Retrieved July 17, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ Mazurki, Jeannette (January 5, 1972). "Barbara Luddy voice of Disney cartoon characters". The Lowell Sun (Massachusetts, Lowell). Copley News Service. p. 50. Retrieved July 17, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ "Co-Star with Tremayne in "First Nighter"". The Ironwood Times (Michigan, Ironwood). October 14, 1942. p. 11. Retrieved July 17, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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