Bea Benaderet was an American actress renowned for her roles on radio and television as well as in voice-acting Warner Bros cartoons from the 1940s and 50s, such as Granny.
She was born April 4, 1906, in New York City and died October 13, 1968; she is interred at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, California.
Early Life and Education
Bea Benaderet was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Initially she pursued theatre and radio acting careers; appearing on popular programs like The Jack Benny Program, Fibber McGee & Molly, The Great Gildersleeve and My Favorite Husband with Lucille Ball.
She moved from radio to television in the 1950s, appearing regularly on several shows such as George Burns & Gracie Allen Show and Petticoat Junction on NBC. Her most iconic roles were Blanche Morton in Burns & Allen Show and Kate Bradley on Petticoat Junction NBC sitcom respectively.
Benaderet also held roles with numerous non-profit organizations. Wearing her leopard-print Flintstones costume, she raised funds for City of Hope and March of Dimes as well as Welcome Wagon. In 1938 she married actor Jim Bannon and had two children: Jack (born 1940 – 2017) and Maggie, born March 4, 1947.
Early in her career, Benaderet found early fame performing on The Jack Benny Program radio show and other variety shows. Here she learned French, Spanish and New York City English dialects before eventually perfecting all three dialects simultaneously.
Petticoat Junction made her famous through her role as Kate Bradley, owner of Shady Rest Hotel. Additionally she appeared as Blanche Morton on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show as well as Pearl Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies sitcoms.
Lucille Ball’s original choice to portray Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy, but due to her commitments on George Burns and Gracie Allen show. Benaderet passed away October 13th 1968 from lung cancer and pneumonia at Good Samaritan Hospital of Los Angeles where she was later laid to rest next to Eugene Twombly at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.
Achievement and Honors
Benaderet had an acting career spanning over two decades. She appeared in numerous movies and TV series and twice received nominations for an Emmy Award nomination.
She became famous for her roles as Blanche Morton on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and Kate Bradley on Petticoat Junction. Additionally, she regularly appeared on The Jack Benny Program as well as numerous stock companies and theater productions before breaking through as a television actress.
She was an accomplished actor and voice actor with an extensive command of many dialects. It is thought she may have been Enneagram type 2, explaining her warm nature and tendencies toward playing motherly roles. Unfortunately she died at only 62 of lung cancer, being laid to rest in Los Angeles.
Bea Benaderet was an acclaimed American actress renowned for her extraordinary abilities as an interpreter of character and dialect. She won many prestigious awards and honors for her performances.
She voiced several characters for Warner Bros’ 1940s and 1950s animated cartoons as the original voice talent, in addition to being a skilled saxophonist and singer.
Benaderet began her career in San Francisco as a stage performer before transitioning to radio and television, eventually earning supporting roles alongside notable figures such as Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen on radio shows such as Fibber McGee and Molly on NBC. She quickly established an impressive resume while on screen including Clara Anderson on Fibber McGee and Molly.
As she aged into her late thirties, she found more prominent roles such as Shady Rest Hotel owner Kate Bradley on Petticoat Junction and Pearl Bodine, one of Jed Clampett’s cousins on The Beverly Hillbillies. Unfortunately she succumbed to lung cancer and pneumonia at age 62 and was interred at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood.
Bea Benaderet was an American TV and radio actress known for her roles on numerous films and series such as George Burns & Gracie Allen Show, Petticoat Junction and Green Acres. She amassed an enormous fan base.
Benaderet was also an esteemed voice actress, appearing on numerous cartoons as Betty Rubble on The Flintstones and playing other parts in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.
She died of lung cancer on October 13, 1968 at 62 years old. At her death she was married to Eugene Twombly and had one child together; she had been born April 4, 1906 of Turkish-American heritage.