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Birth date: April 4, 1906, United States of America
Death date: October 13, 1968, Los Angeles, California, United States
Birth place: New York City, New York, USA
Profession:Actress, Soundtrack
Spouse:Eugene Twombly (m. 1957–1968), Jim Bannon (m. 1938–1950)
Children:Jack Bannon, Maggie Bannon

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Beatrice “Bea” Benaderet (April 4, 1906 – October 13, 1968) was an American actress born in New York City and reared in San Francisco, California. Her major breaks in radio came on The Jack Benny Program and as a member of Orson Welles's Mercury Theatre repertory company. She appeared in a wide variety of television work, which included a starring role in the 1960s television series Petticoat Junction and Green Acres as Shady Rest Hotel owner Kate Bradley, supporting roles as Blanche Morton in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and as the original voice of Betty Rubble during the first four seasons of The Flintstones, and in The Beverly Hillbillies as Pearl Bodine. She did a great deal of voice work in Warner Bros. animated cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s, most famously as Granny. Wikipedia

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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
First Family of the Stone Age2005VideoBetty Rubble (voice)
Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny and Friends1990TV SeriesAdditional Voices (voice)
Petticoat Junction1963-1968TV SeriesKate Bradley
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour1968TV SeriesAdditional Voices (voice)
The Beverly Hillbillies1962-1967TV SeriesCousin Pearl Bodine
The Road Runner Show1966TV SeriesAdditional Voices (voice)
Green Acres1965-1966TV SeriesKate Bradley
The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo1964TV Series voice
The Flintstones1960-1964TV SeriesBetty Rubble / Nurse / Switch Board Operator / ...
Vacation Playhouse1963TV SeriesSybil Murdock
The Jetsons1962TV SeriesEmily Scopes / Celeste Skyler
Pete and Gladys1962TV SeriesMrs. Springer
The New Breed1962TV SeriesMiss Horne
Top Cat1961-1962TV SeriesReceptionist / Girl Cat / Fifi The Maid / ...
Tender Is the Night1962Mrs. McKisco
The Yogi Bear Show1961TV SeriesBelle / Lady on Riverboat
Peter Loves Mary1960-1961TV SeriesWilma
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis1961TV SeriesTelephone Operator
The Chevy Show1961TV SeriesEleanor Hewitt
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1961TV SeriesEleanor Hewitt, Kathy's mother
O'Conner's Ocean1960TV Movie
The Bugs Bunny Show1960TV SeriesAdditional Voices (voice)
77 Sunset Strip1960TV SeriesMary Field
Mister Magoo1960TV SeriesMother Magoo / Leading Lady
Tweet Dreams1959ShortVarious (voice, uncredited)
General Electric Theater1959TV SeriesMarie
The Restless Gun1959TV SeriesMadame Brimstone
The George Burns Show1958-1959TV SeriesBlanche Morton / Sybil Wentworth
Plunderers of Painted Flats1959Ella Heather
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show1950-1958TV SeriesBlanche Morton / Natalie Baker
The Bob Cummings Show1956-1957TV SeriesBlanche Morton / Dixie Yates
Matinee Theatre1956TV SeriesEdna
Screen Directors Playhouse1955TV SeriesWoman
The Jack Benny Program1952-1955TV SeriesGertrude, switchboard operator / Peggy / Gertrude Gearshift - switchboard operator / ...
The Hole Idea1955ShortGertrude - Henry's Wife (voice, uncredited)
The Lineup1955TV Series
Feather Dusted1955ShortWidow Hen (voice, uncredited)
Black Widow1954Mrs. Franklin Walsh (uncredited)
Goo Goo Goliath1954ShortEthel (voice, uncredited)
Yankee Doodle Bugs1954ShortVarious (voice, uncredited)
Bewitched Bunny1954ShortWitch Hazel / Gretel / Pretty Rabbit (voice, uncredited)
Muzzle Tough1954ShortGranny (voice, uncredited)
The Cats Bah1954ShortPenelope's Mistress (voice, uncredited)
Wild Wife1954ShortMarsha, Daughter, Old Women with pennies, Beautician (voice, uncredited)
Sandy Claws1954ShortGranny (voice, uncredited)
From A to Z-Z-Z-Z1953ShortTeacher (voice, uncredited)
Punch Trunk1953ShortMarsha / Delores (voice, uncredited)
Of Rice and Hen1953ShortMiss Prissy / Various Hens (voice, uncredited)
Easy Peckin's1953ShortClara the Hen (voice, uncredited)
A Street Cat Named Sylvester1953ShortGranny (voice, uncredited)
Tom Tom Tomcat1953ShortGranny (voice, uncredited)
Hare Trimmed1953ShortGranny (voice, uncredited)
There Auto Be a Law1953ShortLady with Lipstick (voice, uncredited)
Fowl Weather1953ShortGranny (voice, uncredited)
Kiss Me Cat1953ShortVi (voice, uncredited)
A Mouse Divided1953ShortMrs. Sylvester / Female Mouse (voice, uncredited)
Snow Business1953ShortGranny (voice, uncredited)
Terrier-Stricken1952ShortFrisky's Mistress (voice, uncredited)
Oily Hare1952ShortVarious (voice, uncredited)
Ain't She Tweet1952ShortGranny (voice, uncredited)
Orange Blossoms for Violet1952ShortViolet (voice, uncredited)
Little Red Rodent Hood1952ShortGranny Mouse (voice, uncredited)
Kiddin' the Kitten1952ShortDodsworth's Mistress (voice, uncredited)
Gift Wrapped1952ShortGranny (voice, uncredited)
Feed the Kitty1952ShortMarc Anthony's Mistress (voice, uncredited)
The First Time1952Mrs. Potter (uncredited)
I Love Lucy1952TV SeriesMiss Lewis
A Bear for Punishment1951ShortMa Bear (voice, uncredited)
Tweety's S.O.S.1951ShortGranny (voice, uncredited)
Lovelorn Leghorn1951ShortMiss Prissy / Hazel / Hens (voice, uncredited)
Chow Hound1951ShortM. Hinkle (voice, uncredited)
Room and Bird1951ShortGranny / Sylvester's Owner (voice, uncredited)
Putty Tat Trouble1951ShortLadies letting cats out (voice, uncredited)
Hare We Go1951ShortVarious (voice, uncredited)
Two's a Crowd1950ShortJohn's Wife (voice, uncredited)
Canary Row1950ShortGranny (voice, uncredited)
All a Bir-r-r-d1950ShortGranny (voice, uncredited)
An Egg Scramble1950ShortPrissy, Hens, Housewife (voice, uncredited)
The Scarlet Pumpernickel1950ShortThe Fair Melissa (voice, uncredited)
Home, Tweet Home1950ShortGranny (voice, uncredited)
Bear Feat1949ShortMa Bear (voice, uncredited)
On the Town1949Brooklyn Girl on Subway (uncredited)
Oboler Comedy Theatre1949TV Series
The Windblown Hare1949ShortGranny (voice, uncredited)
Doggone Tired1949ShortOperator (voice)
The Bee-Deviled Bruin1949ShortMa Bear (voice, uncredited)
A Hick a Slick and a Chick1948ShortDaisy Lou (voice, uncredited)
Kit for Cat1948ShortBeatrice (voice, uncredited)
I Taw a Putty Tat1948ShortWoman (voice, uncredited)
Doggone Cats1947ShortDog's Owner (voice, uncredited)
A Hare Grows in Manhattan1947ShortLola Beverly (voice, uncredited)
Tweetie Pie1947ShortEmma Webster AKA Granny (voice, uncredited)
Scent-imental Over You1947ShortNarrator / Chihuahua (voice, uncredited)
Notorious1946File Clerk (uncredited)
Hollywood Daffy1946ShortBette Davis (voice, uncredited)
Hollywood Canine Canteen1946ShortVarious (voice, uncredited)
Quentin Quail1946ShortBaby Toots (voice, uncredited)
Baseball Bugs1946ShortThe Statue of Liberty (voice, uncredited)
Book Revue1946ShortBobby-Soxer / Lady on 'Freckles' Cover / Screams (voice, uncredited)
A Gruesome Twosome1945ShortGirl Cat (voice, uncredited)
It's Murder She Says...1945ShortAnopheles Annie's Pal (voice, uncredited)
The Shooting of Dan McGoo1945ShortLou (voice, uncredited)
Hare Force1944ShortGranny (voice, uncredited)
Brother Brat1944ShortBaby Butch's Mom (voice, uncredited)
Censored1944ShortSally Lou (voice, uncredited)
Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips1944ShortVarious (voice, uncredited)
The Weakly Reporter1944ShortLady Buying Steak / Saleslady / Narrator / ... (voice, uncredited)
Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears1944ShortMama Bear (voice, uncredited)
Little Red Riding Rabbit1944ShortLittle Red Riding Hood (voice, uncredited)
Puss n' Booty1943ShortWoman (voice, uncredited)
Hiss and Make Up1943ShortGranny (voice, uncredited)
Pigs in a Polka1943ShortSecond Little Pig (voice, uncredited)
The Hep Cat1942ShortBird (voice, uncredited)
The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall1942ShortDora Standpipe (uncredited)
Wacky Blackout1942ShortVarious (voice, uncredited)
Goofy Groceries1941ShortCows / Can Can Dancers / Gorilla's Mother (voice, uncredited)
Gallopin' Gals1940ShortVarious (voice, uncredited)
The Bear's Tale1940ShortMama Bear (voice, uncredited)
Confederate Honey1940ShortCrimson O'Hairoil (voice, uncredited)
Cross Country Detours1940ShortDeer / Little Girl / Phone Operator (voice, uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Petticoat Junction1967TV Series performer - 6 episodes
The Beverly Hillbillies1962TV Series performer - 1 episode
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show1956TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Hiss and Make Up1943Short performer: "Carolina in the Morning" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Password All-Stars1966TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Talent Scouts1966TV SeriesHerself
The Danny Kaye Show1964TV SeriesHerself
Talent Scouts1963TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CMT: The Greatest - 20 Greatest Country Comedy Shows2006TV SpecialKate Bradley
The History of Hooterville2005Video documentaryHerself
Paul Henning & The Hillbillies2005Video documentaryPearl Bodine / Kate Bradley
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryPearl Bodine / Kate Bradley
Toonheads: The Lost Cartoons2000TV Movie documentaryTeacher (uncredited)
Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny1995TV Movie documentaryPeggy
Pioneers of Primetime1995TV Movie documentaryHerself / Blanche Morton
The Flintstones: Wacky Inventions1994Video shortBetty Rubble (I)
The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame1993TV MovieHerself / Blanche Morton
Bugs & Daffy: The Wartime Cartoons1989VideoLittle Red Riding Hood, Additional Voices (uncredited)
The Flintstones' 25th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Movie documentaryBetty Rubble
Bugs Bunny's Valentine1979TV ShortAdditional Voices
CBS: The Stars' Address1963TV MovieKate Bradley

Won awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 1611 Vine Street.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1955Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Regular SeriesThe George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950)
1954Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Series Supporting ActressThe George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950)


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#Fact
1A 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.
2Benaderet 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).
3Born 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.
4Attended St. Rose Academy High School and began her acting studies at the Reginald Travis School of Acting in San Francisco.
5In 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).
6Her 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.
7While 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.
8After 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.
9You'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 would screw up on each show.
10She 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.
11She was one of producer/creator Paul Henning'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 and told Henning, "There's your 'Granny'!".
12Her 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.
13Was originally considered for the role of Granny in The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), but got the part of Cousin Pearl Bodine instead.
14Her son is actor Jack Bannon.
15Bea Benaderet was Lucille Ball's original choice for the role of Ethel Mertz on the I Love Lucy (1951) show.
16Though rarely credited, Bea Benaderet was the voice of several female characters in many Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.


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#Trademark
1The Flintstones (1960) first Betty Rubble voice

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