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Bea Benaderet

Born: 1906 AD
Died: 1968 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Actresses, Comedians, Voice Actress

1906 – Born – April 4th, in  New York, New York, and raised in San Francisco, California



1940s-1950s – a supporting player on radio and early television, as well as a career doing voice work for Warner Bros. cartoons.



1947 – Benaderet began voicing the character of Granny-the sometimes dimwitted, sometimes assertive owner of Tweety Bird-in the Warner Bros. cartoon series, and was one of the few female voice artists associated with the studio in the early days. Benaderet continued to play the voice of Granny into the 1950s, before June Foray took over the role.



1950-58 – The Burns and Allen Show, she was Blanche Morton.



1960-1964 – She was the voice of Betty Rubble on The Flintstones. Benaderet resigned from the animated series in 1964 due to the workload on Petticoat Junction, Betty would be voiced by Gerry Johnson for the remainder of the series’ run 1965-1966.



1962-1968 – She is probably best remembered for starring in the hit television series Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies as Jed Clampett’s cousin Pearl Bodine (Jethro’s mother).



1967-1968 – Benaderet became ill which led to her leaving Petticoat Junction in what was hoped would be a temporary retirement. In her absence Rosemary DeCamp was brought in to play Aunt Helen in scripts obviously written for Benaderet’s character Kate. Benaderet, however, was well enough to make a few additional appearances on the show. After it became clear that she could not continue in the series, June Lockhart was brought in to play a female doctor who set up practice at the Shady Rest hotel and thus became the show’s surrogate mother figure.



1970s – Her son, Jack Bannon (whose father was Bea’s first husband, Jim Bannon, they had another child also.), later became a regular on Lou Grant.