Saturday, December 28, 2019

"The Rev" Musician James Owen Sullivan 2009 The Good Shepherd Cemetery

James Owen Sullivan (February 9, 1981 – December 28, 2009),[1] professionally known by his stage name The Rev (shortened version of The Reverend Tholomew Plague), was an American musician, best known as the drummer, songwriter, backing vocalist and founding member of the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. The Rev was widely regarded and critically acclaimed for his work on Avenged Sevenfold albums, and contributed entire songs composed by himself, such as "Afterlife," "A Little Piece of Heaven," and "Almost Easy." He was also the lead vocalist/pianist in Pinkly Smooth, a side project where he was known by the name Rathead, with fellow Avenged Sevenfold member, guitarist Synyster Gates (Brian Elwin Haner Jr.), and he was the drummer for Suburban Legends from 1998 to 1999.


Sullivan was born in Huntington Beach, California, on February 9, 1981, of Irish descent.[2] He received his first pair of drumsticks at the age of five and his own drum set at the age of twelve.[3] In high school, he started playing in bands. Before leaving to join Avenged Sevenfold as one of the band's founding members, Sullivan was the drummer for the third wave ska band Suburban Legends. At the age of twenty he recorded his first album with Avenged Sevenfold titled Sounding the Seventh Trumpet. His early influences included Frank Zappa and King Crimson. The Rev said in a Modern Drummer Magazine interview that "I was raised on that stuff as much as rock and metal."[3]

Later in life he was influenced by drummers Vinnie Paul, Mike Portnoy (who would later be his fill-in with Avenged Sevenfold), Dave Lombardo, Lars Ulrich and Terry Bozzio.[4] "It's funny," says the drummer, "of all my influences, Tommy Lee is a visual influence. I never thought I'd have one of those."[5] Sullivan had a signature ability called "the double-ride thing" or "The Double Octopus," as the Rev called it, "just for lack of a better definition."[6] "The double-ride thing" is a technique that can be heard on tracks such as "Almost Easy," "Critical Acclaim," "Crossroads," and "Dancing Dead" in which Sullivan doubles up at a fast tempo between the double bass and ride cymbals. While playing, Sullivan often twirled his stick and tossed it between hands to show off for the crowd.

The Rev was a drummer, composer, songwriter, vocalist and pianist for Avenged Sevenfold. His vocals are featured in several Avenged Sevenfold songs, including "Strength of the World," "Afterlife," "A Little Piece of Heaven," "Almost Easy," "Scream," "Critical Acclaim," "Lost," "Brompton Cocktail," "Crossroads," "Flash of the Blade (Iron Maiden cover)," and "Fiction." His music composing and songwriting are done in several songs for Avenged Sevenfold like "A Little Piece of Heaven," "Afterlife," "Almost Easy," "Unbound (The Wild Ride)," "Buried Alive," "Fiction," "Brompton Cocktail," and more. Avenged Sevenfold released a demo version of "Nightmare," featuring The Rev on an electronic drumset and some vocals.

At the second annual Revolver Golden God Awards, The Rev won the award for Best Drummer. His family members, and Avenged Sevenfold, received the posthumous honor on his behalf.[7]

In an Ultimate Guitar online readers' poll of the "Top Ten Greatest Drummers of All Time," The Rev appeared at #8, placing higher than Bill Ward of Black Sabbath, and lower than Keith Moon of The Who. In 2017, he once again appeared in Ultimate Guitar's list of Top 25 Greatest Singing Drummers, at #5.[8]

Pinkly Smooth

Pinkly Smooth was an American heavy metal/avant-garde metal band. The band was formed in the summer of 2001 in Huntington Beach, California, as a side project for Avenged Sevenfold's drummer/composer/songwriter Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, and originally featured The Rev (under the name "Rathead") on vocals, along with fellow Avenged Sevenfold member Synyster Gates on guitar and former Ballistico band members Buck Silverspur (under the name "El Diablo") on bass and Derek Eglit (under the name "Super Loop") on drums. They released only one album–Unfortunate Snort—which featured former Avenged Sevenfold bassist Justin Meacham (under his stage name "Justin Sane") as a keyboard player.


Rathead (The Rev) – vocals, piano, drums (2001–2002)
Synyster Gates – guitar (2001–2002)
El Diablo (Buck Silverspur) – bass (2001–2002)
Super Loop (Derek Eglit) – drums (2001–2002)
Justin Sane (Justin Meacham) – keyboards (2001)


On December 28, 2009, The Rev was found unresponsive in his Huntington Beach home, and was later pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital.[9] Police ruled out foul play and noted that his death appeared to be from natural causes. An autopsy performed on December 30, 2009, was inconclusive, but toxicology results revealed to the public in June that he died from an overdose of oxycodone (Percocet), oxymorphone (a metabolite of oxycodone), diazepam (Valium), nordiazepam (a metabolite of diazepam), and alcohol.[10] The coroner noted cardiomegaly as a "significant condition" that may have played a role in Sullivan's death.

On January 6, 2010, a private funeral was held for Sullivan, who was then buried in The Good Shepherd Cemetery, in Huntington Beach, California.[11] Shortly after his death, Avenged Sevenfold dedicated their fifth studio album Nightmare (released that same year) to him, as well as several songs, including "So Far Away," which had been written by bandmate (and childhood friend) Synyster Gates; and "Fiction," which The Rev had written three days before his death.[12][13] M. Shadows and Synyster Gates stated in an interview to Hard Drive Radio:

[...]The eeriest thing about it is there is a song on the album called "Fiction" (a nickname The Rev gave himself) which started out with the title "Death." And it was the last song The Rev wrote for the album, and when he handed it in, he said, 'That's it, that's the last song for this record.' And then, three days later, he died.[12]


His triple bass drum kit from the 2008 Taste of Chaos tour was donated for display at a Hard Rock Cafe in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.[14]


With Suburban Legends

Origin Edition (1999)

With Pinkly Smooth

Unfortunate Snort (2001)

With Brian Haner

Cougar Bait (2008)

With Avenged Sevenfold

Sounding the Seventh Trumpet (2001)
Waking the Fallen (2003)
City of Evil (2005)
Avenged Sevenfold (2007)
Live in the LBC and Diamonds in the Rough (2008)
Nightmare (2010) (posthumous; some vocals, lyrics, and composing featured; vocals and drums on demo tracks; main part on record was on the song "Fiction")


1. "MTV Newsroom". 2009-12-29. 
2. "Huntington Beach Independent". 2010-02-17. 
3. "''Modern Drummer Magazine Interview Oct. 2006''". 
4. "January 5, 2010". 
5. "James "The Rev" Sullivan | Modern Drummer Magazine". 
6. "DRUM! Magazine Interview Nov. 2007". 
7. "Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2010: The Winners | Latest News". Metal Injection. 2010-04-09. 
8. "Friday Top: 25 Greatest Singing Drummers". 
9. Lewis, Randy. "James 'The Rev' Sullivan dies at 28; drummer for heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold". 
10. "Avenged Sevenfold Drummer Died of Accidental Overdose". 
11. "The Good Shepherd Cemetery". Find A Grave. 
12. "Has The New Avenged Sevenfold Album Been Given A Title?". Metal Hammer. May 14, 2010. 
13. "Avenged Sevenfold: The Rev's Passing Steered Album's Lyrical Direction | Interviews @". 
14. "Memorabilia". Hard Rock Cafe.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

"The Angry Red Planet" Actor Les Tremayne 2003 Westwood Village Cemetery

Lester "Les" Tremayne (April 16, 1913 – December 19, 2003) was a radio, film and television actor.

Early years

Born in England, he moved with his family at the age four to Chicago, Illinois, United States, where he began in community theatre. His mother was Dolly Tremayne, a British actress.[1] He danced as a vaudeville performer and worked as amusement park barker. He began working in radio when he was 17 years old.[2]

Tremayne studied Greek drama at Northwestern University and studied anthropology at Columbia University and UCLA.[3]


In 1974, Tremayne commented, "I've been in more than 30 motion pictures, but it's from radio ... that most people remember me."[1]

His radio career began in 1931,[1] and during the 1930s and 1940s, Tremayne was often heard in more than one show per week. Replacing Don Ameche, he starred in The First Nighter Program from 1936 to 1942. 

He starred in The Adventures of the Thin Man and The Romance of Helen Trent during the 1940s. He also starred in the title role in The Falcon,[4] and played detective Pat Abbott in The Abbott Mysteries in 1946–47. Tremayne was once named one of the three most distinctive voices on American radio. The other two were Bing Crosby and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.[5]

In his later years, Tremayne was active in Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters as the group's historian and archivist. Those roles included interviewing people who were active in early radio to provide source material for researchers.[1]


His film credits include A Man Called Peter, The Racket, The Angry Red Planet, The War of The Worlds, Say One for Me, North by Northwest, The Monolith Monsters, The Monster of Piedras Blancas, and The Fortune Cookie.


Tremayne's Broadway credits include Detective Story (1949-1950), and Heads or Tails (1947).[6]


Tremayne portrayed Billy Herbert in the television version of One Man's Family (1949-1955)[7]:791 and Inspector Richard Queen in The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen on NBC (1958-1959).[7]

In 1963 Tremayne appeared in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of Constant Doyle," along with special guest attorney Bette Davis. He appeared in seven other episodes as various characters, such as Deputy District Attorney Stewart Linn in the 1960 episode, "The Case of the Madcap Modiste." In 1961 he played the title role of murder victim Willard Nesbitt in "The Case of the Angry Dead Man." In 1966 he played murderer Harry Lannon in "The Case of the Unwelcome Well." In 1964 he played Ed Pierce in "The Case of the Ruinous Road."

In 1962 Tremayne portrayed the part of C.J. Hasler, a known thief in The Andy Griffith Show episode entitled, "Andy and Barney in the Big City" aired on 26 March 1962. In that show, he played the part of a cunning opportunist who happens onto off-duty Barney Fife who himself believes that he is stalking a jewel thief (Allan Melvin) who is in fact the house detective of the hotel where the story takes place.

In 1965 Tremayne played Mr. Clary in My Favorite Martian, season 2, episode 30, titled "006 3/4."

In 1969 he lent his vocal talents to the Walt Kelly/Chuck Jones animated television special The Pogo Special Birthday Special. Other voice contributors were June Foray and both Chuck Jones and Walt Kelly themselves.

Between 1974 and 1977, Tremayne appeared on the Saturday morning Shazam! television series based on the DC Comics superhero Captain Marvel. In the role of Mentor, Tremayne served as the literal mentor of the program's protagonist, young Billy Batson.[7]:956

In 1987, Tremayne appeared on General Hospital as Edward Quartermaine for six months, the oldest character in that series, as a temporary replacement for David Lewis. He played the deceased Victor Lord for one month on One Life to Live during the 1987 Heaven storyline in which daughter Vicki Lord Buchanan (Erika Slezak) was reunited with most every character that had died on the show after a heart attack left her in purgatory.


Tremayne was elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.[8]

Personal life

Tremayne was married four times. He did a morning talk show, The Tremaynes,[9] with his second wife, Alice Reinhart, whom he married December 11, 1945.[10] When Tremayne died in 2003, he was married to his fourth wife, Joan.[2]


In 2003, Tremayne died of heart failure at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California at the age of 90.[2]

He was entombed in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.

Selected filmography

The Racket (1951) as Harry Craig (Crime Commission chief investigator)
The Blue Veil (1951) as Joplin

Francis Goes to West Point (1952) as Col. Daniels

It Grows on Trees (1952) as Finlay Murchison
I Love Melvin (1953) as Mr. Henneman
Dream Wife (1953) as Ken Landwell
Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953) as Opening Off-Screen Narrator (voice, uncredited)

The War of the Worlds (1953) as Maj. Gen. Mann

Susan Slept Here (1954) as Harvey Butterworth, Mark's Lawyer

A Man Called Peter (1955) as Sen. Willis K. Harvey

The Lieutenant Wore Skirts (1956) as Henry 'Hank' Gaxton

Forbidden Planet (1956) as Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Bhowani Junction (1956) as Trailer Narrator (uncredited)
The Iron Petticoat (1956) as Trailer Narrator (voice, uncredited)
The Unguarded Moment (1956) as Mr. Pendleton
Everything but the Truth (1956) as Lawrence 'Larry' Everett

The Monolith Monsters (1957) as Martin Cochrane

The Perfect Furlough (1958) as Col. Leland

From the Earth to the Moon (1958) as Countdown Announcer (uncredited)

The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959) as Dr. Sam Jorgenson

Count Your Blessings (1959) as Trailer Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Say One for Me (1959) as Harry LaMaise
North by Northwest (1959) as Auctioneer

The Angry Red Planet (1959) as Prof. Theodore Gettell

The Gallant Hours (1960) as Capt. Frank Enright
The Story of Ruth (1960) as Elimelech

Shoot Out at Big Sag (1962) as Chan Bartholomew

King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) as Commander Roberts / General Shinzo / Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) as Trailer Narrator (voice, uncredited)
The Slime People (1963) as Norman Tolliver
Goldfinger (1964) as Radio Newsman (voice, uncredited)
Strange Bedfellows (1965) as Opening Off-Screen Narrator (uncredited)
Girl Happy (1965) as Opening Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Harum Scarum (1965) as Trailer Co-Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Il pianeta errante (1966) as Gen. Norton (English version, voice, uncredited)
The Fortune Cookie (1966) as Thompson

Creatures of Destruction (1967) as Dr. John Basso

The Phantom Tollbooth (1970) as Humbug (voice)

Strawberries Need Rain (1970) as The Reaper

Oliver Twist (1974) as Fagin (voice)
Snakes (1974) as Snakey Bender
Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island (1983) as The Well (voice)
Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985) as Arthur (voice)
The Naked Monster (2005) as General Mann (final film role)


1. "Tremayne Recalls Old Radio Shows". The Naples Daily News. 10 November 1974. p. 56. 
2. McLellan, Dennis (23 December 2003). "Les Tremayne, 90; Radio Icon’s Acting Career Ran 6 Decades", Los Angeles Times. 
3. Sterling, Christopher H.; Keith, Michael (2004). The Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Radio (PDF) (1st ed.). New York [etc.]: Fitzroy Dearborn. p. 1415. ISBN 1-57958-249-4. 
4. Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland and Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 13.
5. Sterling, Christopher H. (2011). The Biographical Encyclopedia of American Radio. Routledge. p. 393. ISBN 978-0-415-99549-8.
6. "Les Tremayne". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. 
7. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 373. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
8. "Les Tremayne". National Radio Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 21 November 2017. 
9. Morse, Leon (7 May 1949). "Program Reviews: The Tremaynes" (PDF). Billboard. p. 10. 
10. "From the Production Centres: In New York City ..." Variety. 5 December 1945. p. 34. 

Saturday, December 14, 2019

"Picnic" Actress Verna Felton 1966 Grand View Cemetery

Verna Felton (July 20, 1890 – December 14, 1966) was an American actress who was best known for providing many voices in numerous Disney animated films, as well as voicing Fred Flintstone's mother-in-law Pearl Slaghoople in Hanna-Barbera's The Flintstones (1962–1963).

She also had roles in live-action films; however, she was most active in radio programs. She was known for her husky voice and no-nonsense attitude. Two of her most famous roles were as Dennis Day's mother Mrs. Day on The Jack Benny Program (1939–1962) and as Hilda Crocker on the CBS sitcom December Bride (1952–1959).

Early years

Felton was born in Salinas, California, on July 20, 1890. Her father, a doctor, died when she was seven years old. When going over his accounts after his death, Felton's mother discovered that although her husband had a large medical practice in San Jose, there were no records of his patients' payments for treatment and no cash in the office. Shortly before her father's death, Felton had performed in a local benefit for victims of the Galveston Flood. Her singing and dancing attracted the attention of a manager of a road show company that was playing in San Jose at the time. The manager spoke to Felton's mother, offering to give Felton a job with his company. Since the family was experiencing difficult financial times with the loss of Felton's father, her mother contacted the road show manager. Felton quickly joined the cast of the show, growing up in the theater.[1]

Early career

An August 19, 1900, newspaper advertisement for Fischer's Concert House in San Francisco listed among the performers "Little Verna Felton, the Child Wonder."[2] By 1903, she was acting with the Allen Stock Company,[3] which that year toured the west coast of the United States and performed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[4] By 1907, she was still with the Allen troupe, but she had progressed from child performer to leading lady.[5] Herbert Bashford wrote a play, The Defiance of Doris, specifically for Felton, and the Allen company included it among the group's productions in 1910.[6]

She acted in stage plays at the Empress Theatre in Vancouver in the late 1920s, playing the lead role in Goldfish, Stella Dallas, and The Second Mrs. Tanqueray.[7] Future husband Lee Millar directed the band for these plays.

Radio and television

Felton worked extensively in the 1930s and '50s in Hollywood radio, notably playing The Mom in The Cinnamon Bear, Junior the Mean Widdle Kid's grandmother on Red Skelton's radio series, Hattie Hirsch on Point Sublime, and Dennis Day's protective, domineering, and authoritative mother, Mrs Day, who was always looking out for him while trying to boss around Jack Benny on The Jack Benny Program. In addition, she performed on radio as a regular on The Abbott and Costello Show and The Great Gildersleeve.

Felton appeared in a recurring role as the mother of Ruth Farley, a young woman played by Gloria Winters in the 1953–55 ABC sitcom with a variety show theme, Where's Raymond?, renamed The Ray Bolger Show. The series starred Ray Bolger as Raymond Wallace, a song-and-dance man who was repeatedly barely on time for his performances.[8]

Though some sitcom aficionados might assume that her guest appearances on I Love Lucy led to a regular supporting role as Hilda Crocker on the CBS sitcom December Bride, Felton had played that same character on the radio version two years prior to the television production. December Bride also starred Spring Byington, Dean Miller, Frances Rafferty, and Harry Morgan. 

Felton continued her Hilda Crocker role on the December Bride spin-off, Pete and Gladys, with Harry Morgan and Cara Williams. For her performance on December Bride, Felton was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1958 and in 1959.[9]

Felton was the original voice of Wilma Flintstone's mother, Pearl Slaghoople, voicing the character as a semi-regular on Hanna-Barbera's The Flintstones from 1962–63. In 1963, in the series finale of CBS's Dennis the Menace sitcom, Felton played John Wilson's aunt in the episode entitled "Aunt Emma Visits the Wilsons." In the story line, Mr. Wilson (Gale Gordon) tries to convince Aunt Emma to leave her estate to him and his wife, Eloise (Sara Seegar). Wilson becomes suspicious when Emma begins spending time with Dennis Mitchell (Jay North).[10]

Film and animation

During the 1940s and the early 1950s, she was in demand as a character actress on films, with roles in If I Had My Way (1940), Girls of the Big House (1945), The Fuller Brush Man (1948), Buccaneer's Girl (1950), Belles on Their Toes (1952), Don't Bother to Knock (1952), and her memorable role as Mrs. Potts in the film adaptation of William Inge's stage play Picnic (1955).

Felton was a popular actress at the Walt Disney Studios and MGM Studios, lending her voice to several animated features, including:

Dumbo (1941) as the Elephant Matriarch and Mrs. Jumbo, Dumbo's Mother

Cinderella (1950) as The Fairy Godmother 
(a role Felton reprised in re-imaginings of the Cinderella story on the radio programs 
Screen Directors Playhouse (1950) and Hallmark Playhouse (1951))

Alice in Wonderland (1951) as the Queen of Hearts

Lady and the Tramp (1955) as Aunt Sarah, Jim Dear's aunt 
(Felton's son voiced Jim Dear and the dogcatcher)

Sleeping Beauty (1959) as Flora, the Red Fairy 
and Queen Leah, Princess Aurora's mother

Goliath II (1960) as Eloise
The Man from Button Willow (1965) as Mrs. Pomeroy, Mother and Lady on Trolley
The Jungle Book (1967) as Winifred the Elephant (her final role, animated or live-action)

Personal life and death

Felton was married to radio actor Lee Millar (1888–1941), who also did animation voices (notably for Disney's Pluto). Their son, Lee Carson Millar Jr. (1924–1980), appeared as an actor on a variety of television series between 1952 and 1967, including, coincidentally, playing Tommy Anderson's father on several episodes of Dennis the Menace between 1959-63.

Felton died at the age of 76 from a stroke in North Hollywood, California, on the evening of December 14, 1966, the day before Walt Disney died. She is interred at Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.[11]



Original Air Date Program Role Notes

1937 The Cinnamon Bear Mother
1938–1939 Candid Lady Aunt Julia
1939 Fibber McGee and Molly Mrs. Homer Gildersleeve
1939–1942 The Great Gildersleeve Miss Fitch, Mrs. Goddwin
1939–1955 The Jack Benny Program Dennis's Mother Mrs. Day
1947–1948 Point Sublime Hattie Hirsch
1942 Lux Radio Theatre Madame Therese DeFarge "A Tale of Two Cities"
1942–1943 Tommy Riggs and Betty Lou Mrs. MacIntyre
1942–49 The Abbott and Costello Show Multiple characters
1943–1947 The Joan Davis Show Blossom Blimp Also known as The Sealtest Village Store
1944 Command Performance Saleswoman "Christmas"

1944–1952 The Judy Canova Show Aunt Agatha

1945 The Old Gold Comedy Theater Nick's Mother "My Favorite Wife"
Also known as The Harold Lloyd Theater
1946–1951 A Day in the Life of Dennis Day Dennis Day's Mother
1946–1953 The Red Skelton Show Junior's Grandmother
1948 Suspense Ada "The Man Who Thought He Was Edward G. Robinson"
1950 Young Love Janet's Mother Mrs. Shaw "Visit by Janet's Mom and Jimmy's Dad"
1950 Screen Directors Playhouse The Fairy Godmother "Cinderella"
1951 The Hallmark Playhouse The Fairy Godmother '"The Story of Cinderella'"
1952–1953 December Bride Hilda Crocker Radio version
1952–1955 My Little Margie Mrs. Odetts Radio version


Year Film Role Notes

1917 The Chosen Prince, or the Friendship of David and Jonathan Michal
1939 Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President Neighbor Uncredited
1940 Northwest Passage Mrs. Jill Towne Uncredited
1940 If I Had My Way Mrs. Abigail DeLacey Uncredited
1941 Dumbo Elephant Matriarch / Mrs. Jumbo Voice, Uncredited
1945 Girls of the Big House Agnes
1946 She Wrote the Book Mrs. Lauren Kilgour Uncredited
1948 The Fuller Brush Man Junior's Grandmother Uncredited
1950 Cinderella The Fairy Godmother Voice
1950 Buccaneer's Girl Dowager

1950 The Gunfighter Mrs. August Pennyfeather

1951 New Mexico Mrs. Fenway

1951 Alice in Wonderland Queen of Hearts Voice
1951 Little Egypt Mrs. Samantha Doane

1952 Belles on Their Toes Cousin Leora

1952 Don't Bother To Knock Mrs. Alex Ballew
1955 Lady and the Tramp Aunt Sarah Voice

1955 Picnic Mrs. Helen Potts

1957 The Oklahoman Mrs. Stephanie Waynebrook

1957 Taming Sutton's Gal Aunty Sutton

1959 Sleeping Beauty Flora / Queen Leah Voice
1960 Goliath II Eloise Voice
1960 Guns of the Timberland Aunt Sarah
1965 The Man from Button Willow Mrs. Tiffany Pomeroy, Mother, Lady on Trolley Voice
1967 The Jungle Book Winifred the Elephant Voice, Released Posthumously, (final film role)


Year Program Role Notes

1951 The Amos 'n Andy Show Nurse "Kingfish Has a Baby"


1952 The Ezio Pinza Show Mrs. Day
1952–1953 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Emily Marsh, Mrs. Rodney, Maggie, Mrs. Evans 4 episodes
1952–1954 The Dennis Day Show Dennis' Mother Mrs. Day
1953 I Love Lucy Mrs. Simpson, Mrs. Porter "Sales Resistance"
"Lucy Hires a Maid"
1953–1955 Where's Raymond? Ruth Farley's Mother
1954 Walt Disney's Disneyland Queen of Hearts (voice, archived) "Alice in Wonderland"
1954–1959 December Bride Hilda Crocker 155 episodes
1955 Walt Disney's Disneyland Mrs. Jumbo / Elephant Matriarch (voice, archived) "Dumbo"
1955–1962 The Jack Benny Program Dennis' Mother Mrs. Day 5 episodes
1957 Climax! Nurse "The Disappearance of Amanda Hale"
1959 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Mrs. Lapping "Deck the Halls"
1960 The Real McCoys Naomi Vesper "Cousin Naomi"
1960–1961 Pete and Gladys Hilda Crocker 30 episodes
Spin-off of December Bride
1961 Miami Undercover Aramintha "Cukie Dog"
1962 Wagon Train Gran Jennings "The Lonnie Fallon Story"
1962 Henry Fonda and the Family TV miniseries
1962–1963 The Flintstones Pearl Slaghoople Voice role
4 episodes
1963 Dennis the Menace Aunt Emma "Aunt Emma Visits the Wilsons"
1977 The Wonderful World of Disney Flora / Queen Leah (voice, archived) "Sleeping Beauty"
1983 The Wonderful World of Disney Flora / Queen Leah (voice, archived) "Sleeping Beauty"
1998 The Wonderful World of Disney Flora / Queen Leah (voice, archived) "Sleeping Beauty"


Walt Disney's Cinderella (1954, RCA/Camden) - The Fairy Godmother
Disney Songs and Story: Sleeping Beauty (2012, Walt Disney Records) - Flora / Queen Leah


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5. "At the Stock Theatres". The Oregon Daily Journal. Oregon, Portland. May 7, 1907. p. 5. Retrieved 9 February 2019 – via
6. "'The Defiance of Doris'". The Leader-Post. Canada, Saskatchewan, Regina. December 19, 1910. p. 3. Retrieved 9 February 2019 – via
7. Playford-Beaudet, Laurance (March 25, 2018). "Verna Felton, a brief introduction". grunt gallery, Vancouver BC – via posters from theatre.
8. "Where's Raymond?/ The Ray Bolger Show". Retrieved March 14, 2011.
10. ""Aunt Emma Visits the Wilsons", July 7, 1963". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
11. Wilson, Scott; Mank, Gregory W. (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland and Company. p. 238. ISBN 9780786479924.


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