Voice actress Lucille Bliss died 8 November 2012 of natural causes. Born 31 March 1916 in New York City, she may be best remembered as the voice of The Smurfs’ Smurfette, or the original voice of The Jetsons‘ Elroy Jetson. In 2000, she won ASIFA-Hollywood’s Winsor McCay Award.
After her father’s death in 1928, Lucille and her mother moved to San Francisco to be near relatives. Her mother wanted her to study to be an opera singer, but Lucille pursued acting instead, and became a radio actor early. She soon realized, however, that to really make it big meant moving to Los Angeles. She borrowed $50 to travel to LA, for a Walt Disney audition for the movie Cinderella. According to her Los Angeles Times obituary, “Six months later I got a phone call” and was offered a role, she recalled years later. “I almost dropped the phone. I was delirious. That is the way it all began.”
At one point, she lost her job as Elroy Jetson when she refused to use a stage name to disguise the fact that a little boy was being voiced by an adult woman. She noted, “Life as a voice actress is tough. It’s not an easy career.” But she kept working and studying.
Her first Hollywood role was the uncredited voice of evil stepsister Anastasia in Cinderella, and then she was the starring voice of Crusader Rabbit (1950-52). Other genre film/television roles include: fourteen episodes of Invader ZIM (2001-06), Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005), Duck Dodgers (2005), Robots (2005), Miracle Mile (1988), Ewoks (1985), The Secret of NIMH (1982), The Space Kidettes (1966), and The Flintstones (1961).
She also did a lot of video game work, including appearances in: Battlestar Galactica (2003), Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (2002), and Space Quest 6: The Spinal Frontier (1995).
Bliss leaves no immediate survivors.