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Voice Actress Janet Waldo Dead at 96

Remembered As the Voice of Judy Jetson on 'The Jetsons'

Janet Waldo, who is remembered as the voice behind Judy Jetson on animated classic “The Jetsons,” died Sunday at her home in Encino, California from an inoperable brain tumor. She was 96.

Born Janet Marie Waldo Feb. 4, 1920 in Yakima, Washington, Waldo began her career with bit roles in theatricals like “Cocoanut Grove,” “Hunted Men,” “Sing, You Sinners” and “The Star Maker” in the late 1930s. Waldo was heard on radio on comedy “Meet Corliss Archer,” amongst many other series, and guest-starred in an early episode of “I Love Lucy.” But she made her mark as a voice actress in numerous animated series including Josie on “Josie and the Pussycats,” Penelope Pitstop on “Wacky Races” and Fred’s overbearing mother-in-law on “The Flintstones.”

She is survived by a sister; a son, Jonathan; a daughter, Lucy Lee; and two grandchildren.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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