Bea Benaderet

as Lola Beverly in the movie A Hare Grows in Manhattan

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Was born at 4 April 1906 in New York City, New York, USA . Died at 13 October 1968, Los Angeles, California, USA (left lung carcinoma)

Bea Benaderet had a remarkable career in radio and television. In theearlier days of radio, before television, she provided the voice fornumerous names of characters on the radio, on shows like "Fibber McGeeand Molly," "My Favorite Husband" with 'Lucille Ball' & the'Jack Benny' Show. She was born in New York City but raised in SanFrancisco and made her radio debut when she was 12 years young. Afterdoing voice-overs and various roles, 'Orson Welles' gave her aregular role on "Campbell Playhouse.

" Bea made a smooth move from radioto television as she was cast in the role as Blanche Morton in "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" (1950) . It was becauseof her role as Blanche that she could not accept the part of EthelMertz in "I Love Lucy" (1951) , which was offered to her by'Lucille Ball' and 'Desi Arnaz' . She also provided the voicefor several Warner Brothers cartoons, usually for females (those'Mel Blanc' could not do), like Tweety's owner, "Granny". Later,she worked with Blanc again on one of the most famous cartoons, Tweetie Pie (1947) . It was 1947's Academy Award winninganimation short of the year, featuring "Tweety", (the yellow Canary) &"Sylvester, the Siamese Cat".


There is some small facts about Bea Benaderet:
  • Though rarely credited, Bea Benaderet was the voice of several female characters in many Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.
  • Bea Benaderet was 'Lucille Ball' 's original choice for the role of Ethel Mertz on the "I Love Lucy" (1951) show.
  • Has 2 children. Daughter Maggie Bannon and a son, the actor 'Jack Bannon (I)' .
  • Was originally considered for the role of Granny in "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962) , but got the part of Cousin Pearl Bodine instead.
  • Her second husband, 'Gene Twombly' , a sound-effects technician (both worked on "The Jack Benny Program" (1950) ), died of a heart attack just four days after she died of cancer.
  • She was one of producer/creator 'Paul Henning (I)' 's favorite character actresses. When developing "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962) , he kept Bea in mind, and, although she was interested in the role of Granny, Henning felt she was too "busty" for the role. During auditions for the role of Granny, it was Benaderet who pointed to 'Irene Ryan (I)' and told Henning, "There's your 'Granny'!".
  • She died during the run of her TV series "Petticoat Junction" (1963) , and a stand-in, seen only from the back, and with no dialogue to speak, was used for the last episode in which she supposedly appeared.
  • You'd never guess it from her wholesome TV and radio appearances, but Bea could outcuss a navy boatswain. She would crack up her cast members on "The Jack Benny Program" (1950) by betting on which lines announcer 'Don Wilson (I)' would screw up on each show.
  • After her death of emphysema at age 62, Bea was buried at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood, California. Her second husband, 'Gene Twombly' , died four days later (October 17, 1968) of a heart attack and was buried next to her.
  • While attending the Reginald Travis School of Acting in San Francisco, she appeared with stock companies and little theaters, finding occasional employment as an actress, singer, writer, producer and announcer on radio.
  • Her father, Samuel Benaderet, was a Turkish immigrant; her mother's name was Margaret O'Keefe Benaderet. Bea went on to have two children, Jack and Maggie, from her first marriage to actor 'Jim Bannon (I)' .
  • In 1936, she joined 'Orson Welles' on radio's "The Campbell Playhouse" and received her first big break when she became a regular on 'Jack Benny' 's big radio show, where she created memorable characters such as Gertrude Gearshift. A major radio staple at the time, her numerous appearances included the comedies "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," "The Great Gildersleeve" and "Fibber McGee and Molly." She also played 'Lucille Ball' 's best friend on radio's "My Favorite Husband," which was the precursor to TV's "I Love Lucy" (1951) .
  • Attended St. Rose Academy High School and began her acting studies at the Reginald Travis School of Acting in San Francisco.
  • Born in New York City and raised in San Francisco, Bea was discovered by the manager of radio station KGO, who spotted her singing in a children's production of The Beggar's Opera, and put her on the radio as a singer.
  • Benaderet became ill with cancer in 1967, which led to her leaving "Petticoat Junction" (1963) in what it was hoped would be a temporary retirement. 'Rosemary DeCamp' was brought in to play the Bradley girls' Aunt Helen in the scripts that were obviously written for Benaderet's character, Kate Bradley. Benaderet only managed to return twice on the show after her departure. Following her death, 'June Lockhart' was brought in as a surrogate mother figure and lady M.D. who sets up practice at the Shady Rest Hotel. Benaderet's anchoring presence was missed by the public, however, and the show lasted only two more seasons (1968-1970).
  • A prolific dialectician, she was one of the few female voice artists associated with Warner Bros. studio in its early days (as 'Mel Blanc' provided the majority of character voices at the time, even for the female characters). She never received screen credit due to Blanc's WB contract. She went on to play the "Granny" character from 1937 into the 1950s when 'June Foray' took over the vocal part. She reunited with Blanc in the 1960s when he voiced Barney Rubble to her Betty.
  • Was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame February 8, 1960, as a star of television. Her star is at 1611 Vine Street.
  • Worked with 'Jean Vander Pyl' in "The Flintstones" (1960) and in "Top Cat" (1961) .
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There is the list of movies, where Bea Benaderet was taked part:
1 A Hare Grows in Manhattan movie A Hare Grows in Manhattan 1947 as Lola Beverly
2 Book Revue movie Book Revue 1946 as Bobby-Soxer/Lady on 'Freckles' Cover/Screams
3 Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears movie Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears 1944 as Mama Bear
4 Bugs Bunnys Valentine movie Bugs Bunnys Valentine 1979 as Additional Voices
5 Cross Country Detours movie Cross Country Detours 1940 as Deer/Little Girl/Phone Operator
6 Feed the Kitty movie Feed the Kitty 1952 as Marc Anthony's Mistress
7 Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny movie Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny 1995 as Peggy
8 Kiddin the Kitten movie Kiddin the Kitten 1952 as Dodsworth's Mistress
9 Lovelorn Leghorn movie Lovelorn Leghorn 1951 as Miss Prissy/Hazel/Hens
10 Of Rice and Hen movie Of Rice and Hen 1953 as Miss Prissy/Various Hens
11 Paul Henning & The Hillbillies movie Paul Henning & The Hillbillies 2005 as Pearl Bodine/Kate Bradley
12 Plunderers of Painted Flats movie Plunderers of Painted Flats 1959 as Ella Heather
13 Room and Bird movie Room and Bird 1951 as Granny/Sylvester's Owner
14 The Hole Idea movie The Hole Idea 1955 as Gertrude - Henry's Wife
15 There Auto Be a Law movie There Auto Be a Law 1953 as Lady with Lipstick
16 The Bugs Bunny Show movie The Bugs Bunny Show 1960 as Additional Voices
17 The Flintstones movie The Flintstones 1960 as Betty Rubble/Marylou Jim
18 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show movie The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 1950 as Blanche Morton
19 The Jack Benny Program movie The Jack Benny Program 1950 as Gertrude, switchboard operator
20 The Jetsons movie The Jetsons 1962 as Emily Scopes/Celeste Skyler
21 The Road Runner Show movie The Road Runner Show 1966 as Additional Voices
22 A Bear for Punishment movie A Bear for Punishment 1951 as Ma Bear
23 A Corny Concerto movie A Corny Concerto 1943 as Screams
24 A Gruesome Twosome movie A Gruesome Twosome 1945 as Girl Cat
25 A Hick a Slick and a Chick movie A Hick a Slick and a Chick 1948 as Daisy Lou
26 A Mouse Divided movie A Mouse Divided 1953 as Mrs. Sylvester/Female Mouse
27 A Street Cat Named Sylvester movie A Street Cat Named Sylvester 1953 as Granny
28 Aint She Tweet movie Aint She Tweet 1952 as Granny
29 All a Bir-r-r-d movie All a Bir-r-r-d 1950 as Granny
30 An Egg Scramble movie An Egg Scramble 1950 as Hens/Housewife
31 Baseball Bugs movie Baseball Bugs 1946 as The Statue of Liberty
32 Bear Feat movie Bear Feat 1949 as Ma Bear
33 Bewitched Bunny movie Bewitched Bunny 1954 as Witch Hazel/Gretel/Pretty Rabbit
34 Black Widow movie Black Widow 1954 as Mrs. Franklin Walsh
35 Brother Brat movie Brother Brat 1944 as Baby Butch's Mom
36 Bugs & Daffy: The Wartime Cartoons movie Bugs & Daffy: The Wartime Cartoons 1989 as Little Red Riding Hood, Additional Voices
37 Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips movie Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips 1944 as Various
38 Canary Row movie Canary Row 1950 as Granny
39 CBS: The Stars Address movie CBS: The Stars Address 1963 as Kate Bradley
40 Censored movie Censored 1944 as Sally Lou
There is the list of interview of Bea Benaderet:
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 8 February 1964, by: Leslie Raddatz, "'Gertrude Gearshift' is now a star ... and she still doesn't quite believe it"
The image of was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 8 February 1964
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