Janet Waldo

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Janet Waldo
Janet-Waldo 2013-11-16.jpg
Janet Waldo (in 2013)
BornJeanette Marie Waldo
(1920-02-04) February 4, 1920 (age 94)
Yakima, Washington, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1938–present
Spouse(s)Robert Edwin Lee
(1948–1994, his death)
Children2
 
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Janet Waldo
Janet-Waldo 2013-11-16.jpg
Janet Waldo (in 2013)
BornJeanette Marie Waldo
(1920-02-04) February 4, 1920 (age 94)
Yakima, Washington, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1938–present
Spouse(s)Robert Edwin Lee
(1948–1994, his death)
Children2

Jeanette Marie Waldo (born February 4, 1920, Yakima, Washington),[1] best known as Janet Waldo, is an American radio, television, animation and live-action film actress.[2] She is best known in animation for voicing Judy Jetson, Nancy in Shazzan, Penelope Pitstop and Josie McCoy in Josie and the Pussycats. She was equally famed for radio's Meet Corliss Archer, a title role with which she was so identified that she was drawn into the comic book adaptation.

Early life[edit]

Waldo's mother, Jane Althea Blodgett, was a singer trained at the Boston Conservatory of Music, and her father, Benjamin Franklin Waldo, was a descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Her sister, Elisabeth Waldo (born June 18, 1918), is a leading authority on pre-Columbian music and an award-winning composer-violinist who appeared in the film Song of Mexico (1945).[3]

Janet attended the University of Washington, where her performance in a student theatrical garnered her an award and brought her to the attention of Bing Crosby. A Paramount Pictures talent scout, who was with Crosby at the time, signed Waldo for a screen test, which led to a contract with the studio.[4]

Radio, films and TV[edit]

Al Feldstein, later the editor of Mad, was a writer-illustrator of the Meet Corliss Archer comic book. Waldo was depicted on the front cover twice, as herself and as Corliss.

Waldo appeared in several dozen films in uncredited bit parts and small roles, although she was the leading lady in three Westerns, two of them starring Tim Holt.

Her big break came in radio with a part on Cecil B. DeMille's Lux Radio Theater. In her radio career, she lent her voice to many programs, including Edward G. Robinson's Big Town, The Eddie Bracken Show, Favorite Story, Four Star Playhouse, The Gallant Heart, One Man's Family, Sears Radio Theater and Stars over Hollywood. She co-starred with Jimmy Lydon in the CBS situation comedy Young Love (1949–50), and she had recurring roles on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (as teenager Emmy Lou), The Red Skelton Show and People Are Funny. However, it was her eight-year run starring as teenager Corliss Archer on CBS's Meet Corliss Archer that left a lasting impression, even though Shirley Temple starred in the film adaptations, Kiss and Tell and A Kiss for Corliss. The radio program was the CBS answer to NBC's popular A Date with Judy. Despite the long run of Meet Corliss Archer, less than 24 episodes are known to exist. Waldo later turned down the offer to portray Corliss in a television adaptation.[4]

In 1948, the Meet Corliss Archer comic book, using Waldo's likeness, published by Fox Feature Syndicate, appeared for a run of three issues from March to July 1948, using the original scripts.[5] The same year, Waldo married playwright Robert Edwin Lee, the writing partner of Jerome Lawrence. The couple had two children, and remained married until his death in 1994.[citation needed]

Waldo made a rare on-screen television appearance when she appeared as Peggy, a teen smitten with Ricky Ricardo on a 1952 episode of I Love Lucy titled "The Young Fans" with Richard Crenna. Ten years later, Waldo again worked with Lucille Ball, this time playing Lucy Carmichael's sister, Marge, on The Lucy Show. That episode was titled "Lucy's Sister Pays A Visit". She also appeared on an episode of The Andy Griffith Show as Amanda. Waldo also reprised the role of Emmy Lou for some early TV episodes of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Later, she was the female lead opposite Anthony Franciosa in the short-lived sitcom Valentine's Day (1964).[6]

Animation[edit]

In television animation, she played Judy Jetson in all versions of the Hanna-Barbera television series The Jetsons. Waldo is the last surviving main cast member of the original The Jetsons series. In 1964-66, she took over the role of Pearl Slaghoople on The Flintstones, which was originally played by Verna Felton. Waldo reprised Mrs. Slaghoople on the Flintstones TV films I Yabba-Dabba Do! and Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby in the 1990s.

She later provided the voices for Nancy in Shazzan, Granny Sweet in The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show, Josie in Josie and the Pussycats and Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, Penelope Pitstop in both Wacky Races and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. She later guest starred in Thundarr the Barbarian as Circe in the episode "Island of The Body Snatchers".[6]

Further guest starring roles include Beth Crane, a descendant of Ichabod Crane, in the episode "The Headless Horseman of Halloween" from the The Scooby-Doo Show in 1976. She voiced Morticia Addams in the short-lived 1973 cartoon series adaptation of The Addams Family. Waldo was the voice of Princess and Susan in the English language version of Battle of the Planets and Hogatha in The Smurfs.[6]

Later life[edit]

In 1990, shortly after completing her role as Judy Jetson in Jetsons: The Movie, she was abruptly replaced with pop star Tiffany. The executive decision by Universal/RCA Victor caused casting director Andrea Romano (who called it "a huge mistake on so many levels") ask that her name be removed from the credits. Romano received volumes of "hate mail" despite her stance on the casting change. Voice director Gordon Hunt reportedly asked Tiffany to sound more like Waldo.[citation needed]

According to Iwao Takamoto by the time of the film's release, Tiffany's fame had waned. He quipped, "The punch line, of course, is that fifteen years after the fact, Janet Waldo is still working while for most people, saying the name "Tiffany" automatically brings to mind a lamp".[7] Ultimately, the actress did patch things up with Hanna-Barbera and continued acting on their television series. The movie version of The Jetsons was a box-office flop and a critical failure with most of the negative reviews directed at Tiffany's acting and the replacement of the original voice of Judy Jetson.[4][8]

In 1998, Waldo guest starred as Mrs. Tobbis on an episode of King of the Hill, and later reprised her role as Penelope Pitstop on the 2000 Wacky Races video game.[6] She currently provides the voice for the character Joanne Allen in Focus on the Family's weekly Adventures in Odyssey, a radio drama series heard on more than 1,600 radio stations throughout North America.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Radio[edit]

Original Air DateProgramRoleEpisode
1941Big TownVarious
1941–43The Lux Radio TheatreVariousMultiple radio adaptations
1941–45One Man's FamilyIrene Franklin
1942, 1946Dr. ChristianNurse Judy Price2 episodes
March 3, 1943
March 31, 1943
Mayor of the TownAdditional voices
1943The Charlotte Greenwood ShowBarbara Barton
1943–45Cavalcade of AmericaAdditional voices
June 29, 1944The Dinah Shore ProgramVarious
1944The Gallant HeartJennifer LakeSeries Regular
1944–45Lady Of The Press – Sandra MartinSandra MartinSeries Regular
1944–54The Adventures of Ozzie and HarrietEmmy LouSeries Regular
1945Major Bowes' Shower Of StarsJanet
1945–47The Eddie Bracken ShowEddie's girlfriendSeries Regular
1945–52People are FunnyRaleigh Cigarette GirlSeries Regular
1946Request PerformanceJanet"Abbott/Costello"
1946–48Favorite StoryVarious
1946–56Meet Corliss ArcherCorliss ArcherSeries Regular
1947The Fabulous Dr. TweedyMary PottsSeries Regular
The Camel Screen Guild TheatreGirl"The Secret Heart"
The Great GildersleeveJoanne Piper8 episodes
1948The Mel Torme ShowMel's girlfriendSeries Regular
Family TheatreVarious2 episodes
1949Screen Directors PlayhouseKatie and Peggy Stephenson"The Exile" and "The Best Years Of Our Lives"
Errand Of MercyGirl"Help For A Fighter"
Philco Radio TimeDennis Day's Date
Four Star PlayhouseA number of characters"Corey"
1949–50Young LoveJanet Shaw-LewisSeries Regular
1950The Halls of IvyAdditional voices
1951My Favorite HusbandGirl
1951–53The Railroad HourVarious
1954Stars Over HollywoodLovely woman"Miss Nettie"
1958–64Heartbeat TheatreVariousMultiple characters
1961Whispering StreetsNarrator
1973The Hollywood Radio TheaterVariousMultiple episodes
1975CBS Radio Mystery TheaterVariousMultiple episodes
1979Alien WorldsVarious"The Keeper Of Eight"
1979–80Sears Radio TheaterVariousMultiple episodes
1992–2012Adventures in OdysseyJoanne Allen
Maureen Hodges

Film[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1938Cocoanut GroveGirlUncredited
Hunted ManBit PartUncredited
Sing You SinnersBit PartUncredited
The Arkansas TravelerTownsgirlUncredited
Tom Sawyer, DetectiveRuth Phelps
ZazaSimone
1939DisbarredBit PartUncredited
Paris HoneymoonVillage girlUncredited
Person in HidingRuth Waldron
Cafe SocietyGirlUncredited
I'm from MissouriHat Check GirlUncredited
UnmarriedSecretaryUncredited
Undercover DoctorBridesmaidUncredited
The Gracie Allen Murder CaseCigarette girlUncredited
Grand Jury SecretsHat Check GirlUncredited
The Star MakerStella
Honeymoon in BaliFortune Girl's CompanionUncredited
What a LifeGwen
All Women Have SecretsDoris
Our Neighbours – The CartersReceptionistUncredited
1940Parole FixerSwitchboard OperatorUncredited
The Farmer's DaughterSwitchboard OperatorUncredited
Adventure in DiamondsTelephone OperatorUncredited
If I Had My WayMiss CourtneyUncredited
Waterloo BridgeElsa
The Way Of All FleshHat Check GirlUncredited
One Man's LawJoyce Logan
Those Were the Days!Miss WillowboughyUncredited
Rhythm on the RiverWestlake's ReceptionistUncredited
1941So Ends Our NightJacquelineUncredited
Silver StallionJanice Walton
The Bandit TrailEllen Grant
1942Land of the Open RangeMary Cook
1966The Man Called FlintstoneRoberta
Nurse #2
Nurse #3
Animated film
1972A Christmas StoryAdditional voicesTelevision film
1978Fantastic PlanetAdditional voicesEnglish dub
1982Heidi's SongTinetteAnimated film
1987The Jetsons Meet the FlintstonesJudy Jetson
Cogswell's Female Computer
Animated film
Alice Through the Looking GlassAliceAnimated film
1990The Jetsons: The MovieRobot secretaryAnimated film
1993Once Upon a ForestEdgar's MomAnimated film
1994The Return of JafarPeasant MotherAnimated film

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1952I Love LucyPeggy Dawson"The Young Fans"
1953–65The Adventures of Ozzie and HarrietJanetSeries Regular
1955The Phil Silvers ShowHazel"The Eating Contest" (uncredited)
1962Saints and SinnersMarion Simmons"Daddy's Girl"
1962–63The JetsonsJudy JetsonSeries Regular
1962–66The FlintstonesPearl Slaghoople
Pebbles Flintstone as an adult
Additional voices
1963The Lucy ShowMarge"Lucy's Sister Pays a Visit"
The Andy Griffith ShowAmanda"A Wife For Andy"
1964The Magilla Gorilla ShowHunnybunPunkin' Puss and Mushmouse segment
"Courtin' Disaster"
Jonny QuestAirport P.A.
Stewardess
"The Riddle of the Gold"
Peter PotamusThe Colonel's Wife
Girl Bruin
Breezly and Sneezly segment
"Mass Masquerade"
1964–65Valentine's DayLibby FreemanSeries Regular
1965Please Don't Eat the DaisiesMiss Reece"It's Lad by a Nose"
The Secret Squirrel ShowAdditional voices
The Hillbilly BearsGoldilocks"Goldilocks and the Four Bears"
1965–67The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel ShowGranny SweetPrecious Pupp segment
1966Get SmartTelephone Operator"All in the Mind"
The F.B.I.Arlene Morgan"The Baby Sitter"
Petticoat JunctionViolet Bentley"Young Love"
Alice in Wonderland (or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?)AliceTV Movie
Laurel and HardyAdditional voices
1966–67The Space KidettesJennySeries Regular
1966–69The Adventures of SuperboyLana LangSeries Regular
1967The Fantastic FourPrincess Pearla"The Micro World of Dr. Doom"
Abbott & Costello CartoonAdditional voices
Space Ghost and Dino BoyNancy"The Final Encounter"
Jack and the BeanstalkPrincess SerenaTV Movie
1967–69ShazzanNancySeries Regular
1968The New Adventures of Huckleberry FinnAnointed Maiden of the Sacrifice2 episodes
Sally SargentSally SargentTV Short
1968–70Wacky RacesPenelope PitstopSeries Regular
1969–70The Perils of Penelope PitstopPenelope PitstopSeries Regular
1969–71Cattanooga CatsJenny Trent
1970JuliaMrs. Appleton"Call Me by My Rightful Number"
1970–71Josie and the PussycatsJosie McCoySeries Regular
1971Help! It's The Hair Bear Bunch!Pipsqueak The Mouse
Woman
"Love Bug Bungle"
Funky PhantomLori Elwood
1972The Amazing Chan and the Chan ClanAdditional voices
Josie and the Pussycats in Outer SpaceJosie McCoySeries Regular
1972–73Around the World in 80 DaysBelinda MazeSeries Regular
1973The New Scooby Doo MoviesGrandmama Addams/Josie McCoy"Wednesday is Missing" and "The Haunted Showboat"
Speed BuggyAdditional voices
The Addams Family (1973 animated series)Morticia Addams
Grandmama
Series Regular
1973–74Inch High, Private EyeAdditional voices
1973–75JeannieMrs. AndersSeries Regular
1974Hong Kong PhooeyThe Mayor's Wife"Patty Cake, Patty Cake, Bakery Man"
1975The Tiny TreeLittle Girl
Lady Bird
TV short
1976JabberjawThe Queen of Atlantis"Atlantis, Get Lost"
1976–78The Scooby-Doo ShowLisa Vanhoff
Beth Crane
Melissa Wilcox
Scooby Dee
4 episodes
1977CB BearsAdditional voices
1977–80Captain Caveman and the Teen AngelsAdditional voices
1978–79Galaxy Goof-UpsAdditional voices
1978–80Battle of the PlanetsPrincess
Susan
Mala
Series Regular
1979Gulliver's TravelsAdditional charactersTV Movie
The New Fred and Barney ShowAdditional voices
The Super GlobetrottersAdditional voices
1979–80Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-DooAdditional voices
1980Yogi's First ChristmasCindy BearTV movie
The Trouble with Miss SwitchMiss SwitchABC Weekend Special episode
1980–83The All-New Popeye HourAdditional voices
1981Thundarr the BarbarianCirce"Island of the Body Snatchers"
Spider-Man and His Amazing FriendsShanna the She-Devil
Zerona
Additional voices
3 episodes
UnicoWest WindEnglish dub
Daniel BooneAdditional voicesTV Movie
1981–89The SmurfsHogatha
1982Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas CaperMurray's Wife
Lady on the Street
Bus Deport PA voice
TV Movie
The Adventures of the Little PrinceDanya
Rose Girl
1982 English dub
1982–83Pac-ManAdditional voices
1983Puppy's Further AdventuresTommy's Mother
Alvin and the ChipmunksStella
Unico Maho No ShimaWest WindEnglish dub
Beauty and The BeastBeauty
Jacqueline
Queen
Additional voices
TV Movie
The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo ShowAdditional voices
1983–84The DukesAdditional voices
Rubik, the Amazing CubeAdditional voices
1983–86Mr. TAdditional voices
1985Yogi's Treasure HuntCindy Bear
Little Red Ridding Hood
Witch
Gretel
2 episodes
1985–87The JetsonsJudy Jetson
Additional voices
Series Regular
1988The Canterville GhostLucrecia OtisTV Movie
Rockin' with Judy JetsonJudy JetsonAlternative title: "Judy Jetson and the Rockers"
1989Dink, the Little DinosaurWoman Dinosaur
1990–91Wake, Rattle and RollAdditional voicesFender Bender 500 segment
1990–94Tom and Jerry KidsAdditional voices
1993I Yabba-Dabba Do!Pearl Slaghoople
Additional voices
TV Film
Hollyrock-a-Bye BabyPearl SlaghoopleTV Film
1993–94Droopy, Master DetectiveAdditional voices
1998King of the HillMrs. Tobbis"Pretty, Pretty Dresses"

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1940 US census; accessed September 19, 2014.
  2. ^ Janet Waldo at AllMovie
  3. ^ Elisabeth Waldo profile, elisabethwaldomusic.com; accessed September 12, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Eder, Bruce Janet Waldo biography, Allmovie.com; accessed September 12, 2014.
  5. ^ Victor S. Fox, Publisher
  6. ^ a b c d e Janet Waldo at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ Iwao Takamoto (2009). Iwao Takamoto: My Life with a Thousand Characters. University Press of Mississippi. p. 172. ISBN 1604731931. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ "For Some Readers, Tiffany Is No Jetson". The Los Angeles Times. July 15, 1990. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 

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