April 08, 2020

SATURDAY MORNING MASTERS: JULIE BENNETT


JULIE BENNETT
(January 24, 1932-March 31, 2020)

Notable Roles: Cindy Bear, Lois Lane, Wonder Girl/Donna Troy, Lady Constance, Queen Anne, Kitty Jo, Chessie, Monica, Boo, May Parker

Bennett was a character actor on stage and radio, and later television as it began to rise in prominence; appearing in such shows as The Adventures of Superman, Dragnet, Leave It to Beaver and Love American Style, among many others. During the 1950s, her resume expanded to include voice work for UPA’s Mr. Magoo franchise, Warner Bros.Looney Tunes franchise, and the Fractured Fairytales segment of The Bullwinkle Show for Jay Ward Productions. In 1961, she became the voice of Cindy Bear for Hanna-Barbera, which she reprised over several Yogi Bear films and shows. She also returned to the Superman franchise by becoming the second voice of Lois Lane in Filmation’s The New Adventures of Superman after the departure of original voice Joan Alexander, and took on the role of Wonder Girl in the Teen Titans segments of Aquaman.  From then on, she spent much of her voice career at Hanna-Barbera, moonlighting a few times for guest-roles in DiC’s The Real Ghostbusters and Film Roman’s Garfield and Friends, as well as continuing to appear on TV shows and made-for-TV films. In 1997, she succeeded Linda Gary as the voice of Aunt May Parker in Spider-Man: The Animated Series after Gary’s death in 1995. Her final known role was as an old woman in the 2000 Spider-Man video game. In between her acting gigs, Bennett worked as a realtor and an agent for other actors under the name Marianne Daniels. She died in 2020, one of the victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday Credits:
The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bullwinkle Show
The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour
Cattanooga Cats
The Funky Phantom
Jeannie
These Are the Days
Yogi’s Gang
Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
Fred Flintstone and Friends
The All-New Popeye Hour
Dinky Dog
The Little Rascals
The Mighty Orbots
The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show
Yogi’s Treasure Hunt
The Real Ghostbusters
Garfield and Friends
Spider-Man: The Animated Series

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