Bliss at the 34th Annie Awards, 2007
Lucille Theresa Bliss
March 31, 1916
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||November 8, 2012 (aged 96)|
Costa Mesa, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Hollywood Forever Cemetery|
A New York City native, Bliss lent her voice to numerous television characters, including the title character of the very first made-for-television cartoon, Crusader Rabbit, Smurfette on the popular 1980s cartoon The Smurfs and Ms. Bitters on the Nickelodeon animated series Invader ZIM. In addition to her television roles, she was known for her work as a voice actress in feature films.
Life and career
Bliss' parents were James Francis and Frieda (née Simmons) Bliss. Her mother was "a classically trained pianist who wanted Bliss to train as an opera singer". Her father's death in 1928 prompted Mrs. Bliss and Lucille to move to San Francisco.
Bliss' first voice work was the role of the wicked stepsister Anastasia Tremaine in Walt Disney's 1950 feature film Cinderella, for which she was honored 50 years later by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award in March 2000.
In the early years of television, Bliss acted in Harbor Command and The Lineup. From 1950 to 1957, Bliss was "Auntie Lou" on San Francisco, California's KRON-TV's The Happy Birthday To You Show, also known as Birthday Party Show, which had guests from adults, to children, to animals. The program included use of Disney cartoon characters, as Bliss "picked up exclusive rights in northern California for the right to use Disney clips on her new show." At the same time, she did voices for Hanna-Barbera while they were working for MGM – as Tuffy in Robin Hoodwinked, as Leprechaun in Droopy Leprechaun and later was Hugo on an episode of The Flintstones. She was also the narrator on three stories from the Disney album "Peter Cottontail and Other Funny Bunnies": "Story of Thumper", :Story of the White Rabbit", and "Story of Grandpa Bunny". Bliss was also a voice-over performer for Airborne radio spots in 2004.
- Cinderella (1950) – Anastasia Tremaine
- Crusader Rabbit (1950–1952) – Crusader Rabbit
- Alice in Wonderland (1951) – Sunflower and Tulip
- A Kiddies Kitty (1955) – Suzanne
- The Waggily Tale (1958) – Little Girl/Mama
- Robin Hoodwinked (1958) – Tuffy
- Droopy Leprechaun (1958) – Leprechaun
- The Flintstones (1960) – Hugo (episode "The Good Scout")
- 101 Dalmatians (1961) – TV Commercial Singer
- DoDo, The Kid from Outer Space (1965-1970) - DoDo
- Space Kidettes (1966) – Snoopy
- Funnyman (1967) – Girl of 1000 voices
- The Tiny Tree (1975)
- The Flintstones' Christmas (1977) – Bamm-Bamm Rubble
- The Flintstones: Little Big League (1978) – Dusty
- Casper the Friendly Ghost: He Ain't Scary, He's Our Brother (1979)
- Hug Me (1981)
- The Smurfs (1981–1989) – Smurfette
- The Secret of NIMH (1982) – Mrs. Beth Fitzgibbons
- The Great Bear Scare (1983) – Miss Witch
- Chuck E Cheese - The Christmas That Almost Wasn't (1983) - Mrs. Claus
- Strong Kids, Safe Kids (1984) – Smurfette
- Rainbow Brite: San Diego Zoo Adventure (1986) – Narrator
- Assassination (1987) – Crone
- The Night Before (1988) – Gal Baby
- Miracle Mile (1988) – Old Woman in Diner
- Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery (1989)
- Asterix and the Big Fight (1989) – Impedimenta (aka Bonnemine)
- Tales of the City (1993) – Cable Car Lady
- Space Quest VI: The Spinal Frontier (1995) – Sharpei/Waitron (video game)
- Wacked (1997) – Jane Katz
- Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (2002) – Rozatta (video game)
- Battlestar Galactica (2003) – Shaden (video game)
- Blue Harvest Days (2005) – Bear Brat
- Robots (2005) – Pigeon Lady
- Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) – Yugoda
- Invader ZIM (2001–2002 & 2006) – Ms. Bitters
- Up-In-Down Town (2007) – Quinby
- I'm Just a Pill (2010) – Young Honey
- Unwrap An Expletive (2012) – Santa's Elf
- "Lucille Bliss Interview". Archive of American Television. August 26, 2005.
- "Lucille Bliss Dies". Contactmusic.com. 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
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- "Lucille Bliss, Voice of Smurfette, Dies at 96". The Hollywood Reporter. November 15, 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
- "Necrology for 2012". Nostalgia Digest. 39 (2): 24–31. Spring 2013.
- "How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Magic Every Day of Your Life" Pat Williams, James Denney, and Jim Denney. (HCI, 2004)
- "21st Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
- "Disney to Local TV". The Times. February 20, 1954. p. 6. Retrieved May 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Lucille Bliss dies at 96; voice of Crusader Rabbit and Smurfette", Los Angeles Times; retrieved November 15, 2012. She never married and left no survivors.
- "Lucille Bliss: 1916–2012". Behind The Voice Actors. 1916-03-31. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lucille Bliss.|
- Lucille Bliss on IMDb
- Lucille Bliss at AllMovie
- Lucille Bliss at The Interviews: An Oral History of Television
- Lucille Bliss at Find a Grave