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Verna Felton

Show Count: 79
Series Count: 5
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: July 20, 1890, Salinas, California, USA
Died: December 14, 1966, North Hollywood, California

Verna Felton (July 20, 1890 – December 14, 1966) was an American character actress who was best known for providing many female voices in numerous Walt Disney Pictures animated films, as well as voicing Fred Flintstone's mother-in-law Pearl Slaghoople for Hanna-Barbera. Her film appearances during the 1940s included If I Had My Way (1940), Girls of the Big House (1945) and The Fuller Brush Man (1948).

During the early 1950s, Felton was in much demand as a movie character actress, with roles in Buccaneer's Girl (1950) Belles on Their Toes(1952) Don't Bother to Knock (1952) and her memorable supporting role of Mrs. Potts in the film of William Inge's Picnic (1955). She was also known for her husky voice and no-nonsense attitude. She was born in Salinas, California.

Radio and television

Photo of 1948 Raleigh Cigarettes Program cast: Standing: Pat McGeehan, The Four Knights, David Rose (orchestra leader). Seated: Verna Felton ("Grandma" to Skelton's "Junior" character), Rod O'Connor (announcer), Lurene Tuttle ("Mother" to Skelton's 'Junior' character). Front: Red Skelton.

She also worked extensively in radio, notably playing the Mean Widdle Kid's grandmother on Red Skelton's radio series and Dennis Day's mother on The Jack Benny Program. In addition, she performed on radio as a regular on The Abbott and Costello Show. Felton was married to radio actor Lee Millar (1888–1941), who also did animation voices (notably for Disney's Pluto, and their son, Lee Carson Millar, Jr. (1924–1980), appeared as an actor on a variety of television series between 1952 and 1967. Felton appeared too in a recurring role as the mother of Ruth Farley, a young woman played by Gloria Winters in the 1953-1955 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. Winters was also known for her role as the well-mannered niece, Penny King, on the Sky King aviation adventure series.

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.

She was the original voice of Pearl Slaghoople (Wilma Flintstone's mother), voicing the character as a semi-regular on The Flintstones from 1960 to 1964.

In 1963, in the series finale of CBS's Dennis the Menace sitcom, Felton played character 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 then becomes suspicious when Emma begins spending time with series protagonist Dennis Mitchell (Jay North).

Disney and MGM

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 / Mrs. Jumbo, Dumbo's Mother
  • Cinderella (1950) as the Fairy Godmother
  • Alice in Wonderland (1951) as the Queen of Hearts
  • Lady and the Tramp (1955) as Aunt Sarah
  • Sleeping Beauty (1959) as Flora
  • Goliath II (1960) as Eloise
  • The Jungle Book (1967) as Winifred the Elephant

Death

Felton died of a stroke on the evening of December 14, 1966. She enjoyed a film career stretching nearly fifty years, and is interred at Grand View Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

Source: Wikipedia

Abbott & Costello ShowAbbott & Costello Show
Show Count: 77
Broadcast History: 3 July 1940 to 26 March 1949
Sponsor: Camel Cigarettes
Cast: Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson, Sid Fields, Iris Adrian, Martha Wentworth, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton
Producer: Martin Gosch
After working as Fred Allen's summer replacement, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater. They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes.
Cinnamon Bear, TheCinnamon Bear, The
Show Count: 28
Broadcast History: 1937 to 1962
Cast: Buddy Duncan, Barbara Jean Wong, Verna Felton, Joseph Kearns, Hanley Stafford, Howard McNear, Slim Pickins, Elvia Allman, Elliott Lewis, Lou Merrill, Frank Nelson, Cy Kendall, Gale Gordon, Ted Osborne, Joe Du Val, Martha Westworth, Dorothy Scott, Ed Max, Rosa Barcelo, Lindsay MacHarrie, Bud Hiestand
Director: Lindsay MacHarrie
A wonderful serial that was enjoyed annually by young children (at adults) in the period leading up to Christmas.
Judy Canova Show, TheJudy Canova Show, The
Show Count: 44
Broadcast History: 6 July 1943 to 27 June 1944, 13 January 1945 to 30 June 1951, and 29 December 1951 to 28 May 1953
Sponsor: Emerson Drug Company, General Motors, Colgate, Smith Brothers
Cast: Gale Gordon, Judy Canova, Mel Blanc, Verna Felton, Sharon Douglas, Hans Conried, Sheldon Leonard, Ruby Dandridge, Ruth Perrott, Joe Kearns, Gerald Mohr, Joseph Kearns, George Niese, Elvia Allman
Director: Joe Rines
Producer: Joe Rines
Broadcast: 23rd February 1942
Added: Mar 09 2013
Broadcast: November 25, 1946
Added: Nov 24 2017
Broadcast: 26th February 1945
Added: Jun 15 2012
Broadcast: November 13, 1945
Added: May 19 2014
Broadcast: 25th December 1941
Added: Dec 25 2010
Broadcast: 9th January 1942
Added: Jan 09 2011
Broadcast: 8th August 1946
Added: Aug 08 2008
Broadcast: 22nd August 1949
Added: Aug 22 2008
Broadcast: 11th July 1951
Added: Jul 24 2011
Broadcast: 13th July 1942
Added: Aug 21 2010
Broadcast: 1st September 1953
Added: Sep 28 2007
Broadcast: 22nd March 1954
Added: Nov 04 2013
Broadcast: March 9, 1948
Added: Apr 09 2016
Broadcast: March 14, 1946
Added: Mar 15 2015
Broadcast: 19th September 1951
Added: Oct 02 2011
Broadcast: 26th November 1951
Added: Dec 03 2012
Broadcast: 17th October 1946
Added: Oct 19 2006
Broadcast: 3rd October 1946
Added: Aug 01 2004
Broadcast: 5th December 1949
Added: Dec 05 2011
Broadcast: 19th May 1941
Added: May 17 2008
Broadcast: May 5, 1949
Added: May 09 2010
Broadcast: 18th September 1949
Added: Sep 20 2009
Broadcast: 14th August 1948
Added: Aug 15 2010
Broadcast: October 27, 1949
Added: Dec 08 2014
Broadcast: 14th February 1949
Added: Feb 14 2010
Broadcast: 22nd October 1951
Added: Oct 22 2012
Broadcast: 6th October 1941
Added: May 23 2009
Broadcast: 28th April 1941
Added: Jan 10 2009
Broadcast: 6th September 1950
Added: Sep 27 2009