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The actress responsible for bringing the beloved character of Smurfette to life on the 1980s cartoon The Smurfs, Lucille Bliss, passed away November 8 at the age of 96.
E! News reports that the actress died at an assisted living center in Costa Mesa, California of natural causes.
Bliss’ career spanned an impressive six-decades in the realms of both television and film, as she lent her voice to many of the animated characters we still love today.
Her first role was in Disney’s 1950 classic Cinderella, where she played the voice of Anastasia Tremaine, the ditzy redheaded stepsister who tries to win the heart of Prince Charming.
That same year, Bliss created the character of Crusader Rabbit, the very first TV cartoon made for NBC. Years later it was recreated by Jay Ward, who originated the hit animated show’s Rocky and Bullwinkle and Dudley Do-Right.
According to Entertainment Wise, Bliss went on to snag a variety of voice roles over the next several decades, including The Jetsons and The Flintstones.
“She was a pioneer in television animation,” Charles Solomon said, an animation historian. “[Crusader Rabbit] really set a pattern for a lot of future shows – the smart little character and the big dumb sidekick.”
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