Lucille Theresa Bliss (March 31, 1916 – November 8, 2012) was an American actress and voice artist, known in the Bay Area and in Hollywood as the Girl With a Thousand Voices.
Life and career
Bliss' parents were James Francis Bliss and Frieda Simmons Bliss, "a classically trained pianist who wanted Bliss to train as an opera singer." Her father's death in 1928 prompted Mrs. Bliss and Lucille to move to San Francisco.
Bliss was active in old-time radio, having roles in Pat Novak, for Hire, Candy Matson, and The Charlie McCarthy Show.
Bliss' first voice work was the role of the wicked stepsister Anastasia Tremaine in Walt Disney's 1950 feature film Cinderella, for which she was honored 50 years later by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award in March 2000.
In the early years of television, Bliss acted in Harbor Command and The Lineup. From 1950 to 1957, Bliss was "Auntie Lou" on San Francisco, California's KRON-TV's The Happy Birthday To You Show, also known as Birthday Party Show, which had guests from adults, to children, to animals. The program included use of Disney cartoon characters, as Bliss "picked up exclusive rights in northern California for the right to use Disney clips on her new show." At the same time, she did voices for Hanna-Barbera while they were working for MGM – as Tuffy in Robin Hoodwinked, as Leprechaun in Droopy Leprechaun and later was Hugo on an episode of The Flintstones. She was also the narrator on three stories from the Disney album "Peter Cottontail and Other Funny Bunnies," "Story of Thumper," Story of the White Rabbit," and "Story of Grandpa Bunny." Bliss was also a voice-over performer for Airborne radio spots in 2004.
Bliss produced and directed talent shows for the Embarcadero Armed Services YMCA in San Francisco. Some service personnel launched professional careers from those shows.
Bliss died from natural causes on November 8, 2012 at the age of 96. She had no immediate survivors and is interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Cinderella (1950) - Anastasia Tremaine
Crusader Rabbit (1950–1952) - Crusader Rabbit
Alice in Wonderland (1951) - Sunflower and Tulip
A Kiddies Kitty (1955) - Suzanne
The Waggily Tale (1958) - Little Girl/Mama
Robin Hoodwinked (1958) - Tuffy
Droopy Leprechaun (1958) - Leprechaun
The Flintstones (1960) - Hugo (episode "The Good Scout")
101 Dalmatians (1961) - TV Commercial Singer
Space Kidettes (1966) - Snoopy
Funnyman (1967) - Girl of 1000 voices
The Tiny Tree (1975)
The Flintstones' Christmas (1977) - Bamm-Bamm Rubble
The Flintstones: Little Big League (1978) - Dusty
Casper the Friendly Ghost: He Ain't Scary, He's Our Brother (1979)
Hug Me (1981)
The Smurfs (1981–1989) - Smurfette
The Secret of NIMH (1982) - Mrs. Beth Fitzgibbons
The Great Bear Scare (1983) - Miss Witch
Rainbow Brite: San Diego Zoo Adventure (1983) - Narrator
Strong Kids, Safe Kids (1984) - Smurfette
Star Wars: Ewoks (1986)
Assassination (1987) - Crone
The Night Before (1988) - Gal Baby
Miracle Mile (1988) - Old Woman in Diner
Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery (1989)
Asterix and the Big Fight (1989) - Impedimenta (aka Bonnemine)
Tales of the City (1993) - Cable Car Lady
Space Quest VI: The Spinal Frontier (1995) - Sharpei/Waitron (video game)
Wacked (1997) - Jane Katz
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (2002) - Rozatta (video game)
Battlestar Galactica (2003) - Shaden Blue
Harvest Days (2005) - Bear Brat
Robots (2005) - Pigeon Lady
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2004) - Yugoda Invader
ZIM (2001–2002 and 2006) - Ms. Bitters
Up-In-Down Town (2007) - Quinby
I'm Just a Pill (2010) - Young Honey
Unwrap An Expletive (2012) - Santa's Elf
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7. "How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Magic Every Day of Your Life" Pat Williams, James Denney, and Jim Denney. (HCI, 2004)
8. "21st Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org.
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