Betty Rubble

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Betty Rubble
The Flintstones character
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First appearanceThe Flagstones (1959)
Created byHanna-Barbera
Portrayed byRosie O'Donnell (1994 film)
Jane Krakowski (2000 film)
Voiced byJune Foray (Pilot, 1959)
Bea Benaderet (1960–1964)
Gerry Johnson (1964–1966)
Gay Autterson (1971–1981)
B.J. Ward (1986–2000)
Julie McWhirter Dees (1987)
Grey DeLisle (2001–present)
In-universe information
SpeciesCavewoman
GenderFemale
OccupationHousewife
Newspaper reporter[1]
Caterer[2]
FamilyBradley "Brad" McBricker (father)
Jean McBricker (mother)
Brick McBricker (brother)[3]
Sissy [McBricker] Sandstone (sister)
SpouseBarney Rubble (husband)
ChildrenBamm-Bamm Rubble (adopted son)
RelativesMarblehead Sandstone Sr. (brother-in-law)
Marblehead Sandstone Jr. (nephew)[4]
Pebbles Flintstone (goddaughter/adoptive daughter-in-law)
Roxy Rubble (adoptive granddaughter)[5]
Chip Rubble (adoptive grandson)[5]

Betty Rubble is a fictional character in the television animated series The Flintstones and its spin-offs and live-action motion pictures. She is the black-haired wife of caveman Barney Rubble and the adoptive mother of Bamm-Bamm Rubble. Her best friend is her next-door neighbor Wilma Flintstone.

Betty lives in the fictional prehistoric town of Bedrock, a world where dinosaurs coexist with cavepeople and the cavepeople enjoy primitive versions of modern conveniences such as telephones, automobiles and washing machines. She speaks with an Midwestern accent.

Betty's personality was based on the stock character of the lead character's best friend's wife, commonly seen in 1950s television (other prominent examples including Trixie Norton of The Honeymooners, which by conflicting accounts was a major inspiration for The Flintstones, and Ethel Mertz of I Love Lucy). Much like Trixie or Ethel, Betty spent a lot of her time socializing with Wilma, and the two would often end up working together to bail their husbands out of whatever scheme of Fred's had landed them in trouble, sometimes scheming with each other.

Character[edit]

Betty is rarely seen failing to follow the lead of Barney or Wilma, so may appear to be the least developed character in the show. In spite of this, Betty is portrayed as having a distinctly emotional marriage with Barney, which often includes pet names and more obvious affection than the dynamic and energetic interaction between Fred and Wilma. Occasions when Betty leads the action are extremely scarce: one episode centers around her working undercover as a gentle old lady to earn money for a present for Barney; in another, the plot focuses on her and Wilma's suspicions of Barney being involved with another woman (who turns out to be Fred in a disguise in order to attend a ball game free of charge). This lack of protagonism (her continuous presence almost becoming a backdrop for supporting characters Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm and Dino) makes Betty less of the lead than the show's general concept might imply.

Biography[edit]

Betty is a friend of Wilma since their childhood. As a child, she lived with her parents who ran a convenience store and her older brother Brad. She also has a married sister with a baby son named Marblehead Standstone[6]

As young adults, Betty and Wilma were employed as cigarette girls/waitresses at a resort. There, they first met and fell in love with their future husbands, Fred and Barney. Eventually, Betty and Barney were married, presumably not long after Fred and Wilma.[7]

Betty became a homemaker, keeping house with such prehistoric aids as a baby mammoth vacuum cleaner, pelican washing machine, and so forth. Betty, much like Wilma, also enjoyed volunteering for various charitable/women's organizations in Bedrock, shopping, and (occasionally) meeting the celebrities of their world, including "Stony Curtis", "Cary Granite", and "Ann-Margrock". Betty at one time also had a job working for an 'old lady' who turned out to be a young lady in disguise and who was using Betty to pass counterfeit money; this was the only episode centered principally around Betty.[8] Despite her cheerful nature she has occasions to be angry at Barney [9] and once knocked out crooks with her stone purse who tried to kill Barney[10]

In the fourth season of the original series, Betty and Barney found an abandoned infant on their doorstep, by the name of "Bamm-Bamm." After a court battle for possession of Bamm-Bamm (in which the Rubbles faced the opposition's noted prehistoric lawyer "Perry Masonry"), the couple were allowed to adopt Bamm-Bamm.[11] The Rubbles never had biological children.

When Bamm-Bamm was a teenager, Betty gained employment as a reporter for one of Bedrock's newspapers, the Daily Granite (presumably a parody of the Daily Planet of Superman fame), under the editorial guidance of Lou Granite (presumably a parody of Lou Grant of the contemporaneous eponymous series, and formerly of The Mary Tyler Moore Show). While employed there, she shared various adventures with prehistoric superhero Captain Caveman, who (in a secret identity) also works for the newspaper.[1]

Later still, after Bamm-Bamm grew up and left home, Betty started a successful catering business with her neighbor and friend Wilma, before becoming a grandmother to Bamm-Bamm's twin children, Chip and Roxy.[5]

Portrayal[edit]

June Foray voiced Betty in a 1959 Flintstones pilot titled The Flagstones, but Bea Benaderet was cast for the series and voiced Betty for the first 4 seasons before stepping down in 1964 (due to her scheduling conflicts with Petticoat Junction). Gerry Johnson took over the role for the last 2 seasons. B.J. Ward has since performed the role in later Flintstones media since 1986–2000. Grey DeLisle started voicing Betty in The Flintstones: On the Rocks and voiced her in The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown!.

In the 1994 film, Betty was portrayed by Rosie O'Donnell,[12][13] who reportedly won the role because she captured the high pitch laugh at her audition. Jane Krakowski replaced O'Donnell in the 2000 prequel The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, in which Betty's maiden name is "O'Shale".

Animated media[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Films and specials[edit]

Crossovers[edit]

  • Betty has been seen in the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Dad is Disturbed" talking to Dexter's Mom, but was tied up by Dexter's Dad.
  • Betty has been seen in the I Am Weasel episode "I Am My Lifetime", where she is placed in the Retirement Home for Sidekicks, which is actually Baboon's trailer.
  • In the Comedy Central animated film The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!, Betty can be seen attempting to kill Toot Braunstein with a rocket launcher for having an affair with and getting impregnated by her husband Barney, only for the missile to hurtle towards a dinosaur. The baby Toot is pregnant with is shown to be Bamm-Bamm.
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy episode "A Grim Prophecy", Grim is shown as a child in the Stone Age, just starting his job as the Grim Reaper. He has a list of living things to reap, and visible on the list is "B. Rubble", which could be either Barney or Betty. During the credits sequence of the episode "Modern Primitives", Betty is seen in the kitchen as Barney answers the doorbell. The visitor is Billy, who makes unintelligible noises before Barney clubs him on the head. Betty asked who was at the door, to which Barney replies "Proof against evolution", laughing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Flintstone Comedy Show, 1980-82, NBC
  2. ^ I Yabba Dabba Do, 1993, ABC
  3. ^ "Day of the Villains", The Flintstone Kids, 1987
  4. ^ "The Surprise", The Flintstones, season 3
  5. ^ a b c Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby, 1993, ABC
  6. ^ "The Surprise"
  7. ^ "Bachelor Daze", The Flintstones, season 4
  8. ^ "Old Lady Betty", The Flintstones, season 4
  9. ^ "The Flintstone Flyer"; "The Diner"; "Peek a Boo camera"
  10. ^ The Soft Untouchables
  11. ^ "Little Bamm-Bamm", The Flintstones, season 4
  12. ^ Page, Janice (1994-03-24). "ROSIE: She Cuts Through the Rubble and Tells It Straight Up: The Comic-Turned-Actress Is a Real-Life Rizzo Who Says What's on Her Mind". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-10.
  13. ^ Page, Janice (1994-03-29). "A New Stage in Her Career: O'Donnell's Made It in Movies, but Broadway Was Her Dream". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-10.