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Encyclopedia > Bea Benaderet

Bea Benaderet (IPA: /ˌbεn.ə.ˈdɛɹ.εt/) (April 4, 1906October 13, 1968) was an American actress, born in New York City and raised in San Francisco, California. She is best remembered for starring in the hit 1960's television series Petticoat Junction. Through the program, Benaderet reached stardom in her late fifties after over twenty years of an active career on radio and early television, as well as a career doing voices for 1940's Warner Bros. cartoons (notably originating the role of Granny, later played by June Foray). The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is a system of phonetic notation devised by linguists to accurately and uniquely represent each of the wide variety of sounds (phones or phonemes) used in spoken human language. ... April 4 is the 94th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (95th in leap years). ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... October 13 is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Nickname: The Big Apple Motto: Official website: City of New York Location [[Image:|250px|250px|Location of City of New York, New York]] Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R... Nickname: The City by the Bay Official website: http://www. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Petticoat Junction was an American situation comedy that was produced by Filmways, Inc. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... The WB Shield used from 2003 to present day Warner Bros. ... Just one of the zany characters inhabiting the Looney Tunes world, Granny (created by Friz Freleng and first voiced by Bea Benaderet for ten years then June Foray) was a co-star of many Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird animated shorts throughout the 1950s and 60s. ... June Foray (born September 18, 1917) is an extremely versatile voice actor who has worked for most of the studios which produced animated films since the 1940s. ...

Benaderet first received notice for her radio work in the 1940's playing Millicent Carstairs on Fibber McGee & Molly, telephone operator Gertrude Gearshift on The Jack Benny Program, and appeared on several Amos 'n Andy radio shows, usually as a store clerk trying to assist Andy and Kingfish in a purchase. Benaderet also played Blanche Morton, next door neighbor to George Burns and Gracie Allen, on both radio and television. Jim and Marian Jordan, aka Fibber McGee and Molly Fibber McGee and Molly was a long-running comedy program on United States radio which played a major role in determining the form of what is now called old-time radio, and also a major role in defining American culture of... Jack Benny Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky, February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974), an American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor, was arguably the biggest star in classic American radio and was also a major television attraction. ... Amos & Andy (also rendered as Amos n Andy) was a situation comedy popular in the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s. ... George Burns---in the 1950s, at the height of Burns & Allens fame---the greatest straight man in American comedy. ... Grace Allen, wife of comic legend George Burns, who started show business in vaudeville, became famous when teamed with him. ...

She played Lucille Ball's best friend Iris Atterbury on the 1940's radio series My Favorite Husband. When Ball and husband Desi Arnaz decided to create a very similar television series called I Love Lucy, Benaderet was first choice to fill the role of Ethel Mertz but was unavailable to take the role since she had already signed for Burns and Allen's television adaption of the radio program. Vivian Vance, an almost unknown character actress and singer, was eventually cast in the part. Benaderet did get to guest on I Love Lucy in a very amusing appearance as "Miss Loomis," a love-starved spinster neighbor. Lucille Ball Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian and star of I Love Lucy. ... My Favorite Husband was a radio program on CBS Radio. ... Desi Arnaz Desi Arnaz (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986) was a Cuban-American musician, actor, comedian and television producer. ... I Love Lucy is a classic and the most popular American sitcom from the 1950s, starring comedian Lucille Ball, her husband Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley. ... Ethel Mertz is a fictional television character played by Vivian Vance in the American sitcom I Love Lucy. She was married to Fred Mertz, whose character was played by William Frawley. ... Vivian Vance publicity photo. ...

Benaderet was also seriously considered for the role of Granny Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies, created by her producer from the Burns & Allen show, Paul Henning, who ultimately felt she was too buxom and womanly for the role he envisioned as a frail but caustic little spitfire. Irene Ryan was eventually cast. Henning did cast Benaderet as "cousin" Pearl Bodine in the series and Benaderet appeared on the series' pilot and virtually every episode during the show's first season. Cousin Pearl and her daughter Jethrine moved into the Clampett mansion with the rest of the Clampett kin late in the first season, but Henning decided to cast Benaderet in the lead in his next series, Petticoat Junction, debuting in September 1963 (the female Bodines mysteriously disappearing from the Clampett estate for the show's second season.) Petticoat Junction proved an enormous hit and was a top ten program for several years. Oddly, Benaderet had done a radio variation of Green Acres with Gale Gordon beginning in 1950 called Granby's Green Acres, and the series later became a television spinoff of Petticoat Junction, with Eva Gabor playing the counterpart of Benaderet's part in the TV series and Benaderet herself showing up occasionally as her Petticoat Junction character. Main cast of The Beverly Hillbillies: Donna Douglas (Elly May), Irene Ryan (Granny), Max Baer, Jr. ... Paul Henning (September 16, 1911 – March 25, 2005) was an American producer and writer, most famous for the successful sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, but was crucial in the development of several rural comedies for CBS. Henning was born on a farm and grew up in Independence, Missouri. ... Irene Ryan (born Irene Noblette) was one of the few entertainers who found success in vaudeville, radio, film, television, and Broadway. ... Petticoat Junction was an American situation comedy that was produced by Filmways, Inc. ... Petticoat Junction was an American situation comedy that was produced by Filmways, Inc. ... Aerial photo featured in the opening sequence of Green Acres There is also the US town of Green Acres, Washington. ... Gale Gordon at his home in Borrego Springs, California (he was honourary mayor of the town) Gale Gordon (b. ... Petticoat Junction was an American situation comedy that was produced by Filmways, Inc. ... Éva Gábor Eva Gabor (February 11, 1919–July 4, 1995) was a Hungarian born actress. ...

Benaderet also played a part in another iconic television series of the 1960's, cast as the voice of Betty Rubble on the cartoon series The Flintstones which debuted in 1960. Benaderet resigned from the animated series in 1964 due to her work load on her own program and Betty would be voiced by Gerry Johnson for the remainder of the series' run. Betty Rubble and Wilma Flintstone. ... The Flintstones, an American animated series created by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, is one of the most successful animated television series of all time, originally running in American prime time for six seasons, from 1960 to 1966, on the ABC network. ...

Benaderet became ill in 1967 which led to her leaving "Petticoat Junction" in what was hoped would be a temporary retirement. Rosemary DeCamp was brought in to play "Aunt Helen" in scripts obviously written for Benaderet's character Kate. Benaderet, however, was well enough only to make two additional appearances on the show. After her death, 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. Rosemary DeCamp (November 14, 1910-February 20, 2001) was a television and movie actress. ... June Lockhart (born June 25, 1925 in New York City) is an American television and film actress best known for her roles as the mothers on Lassie and Lost in Space. ...

Bea Benaderet died from lung cancer at the age of 62, and her body was interred in the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, next to her second husband, Eugene Twombley, who died of a heart attack only a week after the death of his wife. Mr. Twombley was a sound effects man for many radio and television shows, including The Jack Benny Program, on which Bea Benaderet was a regular. Lung cancer is a cancer of the lungs characterised by the presence of malignant tumours. ... The Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 10621 Victory Boulevard in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Valley Village, Los Angeles, California. ... Sound effects man Eugene Twombley was the second husband of American actress Bea Benaderet. ...

Her son, Jack Bannon (whose father was Bea's first husband, Jim Bannon), later became a regular on Lou Grant. Jack Bannon is an actor from Los Angeles, California. ... Jim Bannon was the first husband of American actress and comedienne Bea Benaderet. ... Linda Kelsey and Edward Asner as Billie Newman and Lou Grant in MTMs Lou Grant Lou Grant was a popular and critically acclaimed television drama series starring Ed Asner as a newspaper editor. ...

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Granby's Green Acres (434 words)
Cast: Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet as John and Martha Granby, ex-bank teller and wife who moved to the country to become farmers.
Gale Gordon, Bea Benaderet, Parley Baer, Opie Cates (composer, conductor), Louise Erickson, Horace Murphy, Rye Billsbury, Jay Summers (writer, director), Jack Harvey (writer), Dave Swift (writer), Johnny Jacobs (announcer).
Gale Gordon, Bea Benaderet, Parley Baer, Louise Erickson, Horace Murphy, Rye Billsbury, Jay Sommers (writer, director), Jack Harvey (writer), Dave Swift (writer), Opie Cates (composer, conductor), Johnny Jacobs (announcer).
Benaderet (203 words)
Benaderet's Inc. was California's oldest pipe and tobacco store when it went out of business in March 1980.
Sam Benaderet was a tobacconist from New York City who came to San Francisco to work at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition.
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