Laverne Harding

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Laverne Harding
Born Emily La Verne Harding[1]
(1905-10-10)October 10, 1905
United States
Died September 25, 1984(1984-09-25) (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California
Years active 1934–1984

Emily Laverne Harding (October 10, 1905 – September 25, 1984) was an American animator.


Harding, who worked for the Walter Lantz studio for much of her half-century career in animation, is among the earliest woman animators.[2] She is also one of the few women to receive a Windsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the most prestigious awards in animation (only nine women have been recognized out of 161 awards given). She won this award in 1980.[3]

By 1932, Harding had settled in Los Angeles and was a student at the Chouinard Art Institute. Working for the Lantz studio from 1934 until 1960,[2] Harding was particularly noted for her work on Woody Woodpecker cartoons; she designed the version of the character that was in use from 1950 to 1999. After leaving Lantz, she animated for Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as Yogi Bear.[2] She later worked for DePatie-Freleng Enterprises on Pink Panther cartoons, and was briefly employed at Warner Bros. and Filmation as well.[2] Harding was a native of the state of Louisiana.


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  2. ^ a b c d Laverne Harding at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 12, 2007
  3. ^ "Windor McCay Awards Website". Windor McCay Awards Website. Archived from the original on 12 July 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 

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