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Bea Benaderet
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Actress
    (April 4, 1906-October 13, 1968)
    Portrayed Cousin Pearl Bodine on the TV series 'The Beverly Hillbillies' (1962-63) and Kate Bradley on 'Petticoat Junction' (1963-68)
    Acted in 'Black Widow (1954),' 'Plunders Of Painted Flats (1959)' and 'Tender Is The Night (1962)'
    Voice actress for several Loony Toons and Merrie Melodies cartoons
    Voice of Betty Rubble on 'The Flintstones' (1960-64)
    Died of lung cancer at age 62
    Lucille Ball wanted her for the role of Ethel on I Love Lucy but she had to turn her down as she was signed for a TV show with Burns and Allen (she made one guest appearance).
    She was considered for the role of Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies but considered too 'bosomy' for the part.
    She was too ill for her last appearance on 'Petticoat Junction' and a look-alike was called to 'stand around in the background, without dialogue.'
    Her second husband died of a heart attack just one week after she died.
    She had steady work in radio on such programs as 'The Jack Benny Program,' 'The Burns & Allen Show,' 'Fibber McGee and Molly' and 'Amos 'n Andy.'
    She was hired to do not just the voice of Betty Rubble but other female voices cartoon legend Mel Blanc couldn't tackle.
    Her son, actor Jack Bannon, married actress Ellen Travolta, sister of John.
    She has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

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