Lucille Bliss has passed away at the age of 96, but her voice lives on through iconic cartoon characters like Smurfette of “The Smurfs,” Anastasia from “Cinderella,” and more recently Yagoda from the film “Avatar.”
Born in New York City on March 31, 1916, Bliss had a talent that was appreciated and later pursued by the creators of cartoons. In 1950 she voiced her first cartoon character, Crusader Rabbit.
Her vocal talent nailed her roles in a number of Disney features and Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Bliss also was heard in several Warner Bros. and MGM theatrical cartoons in the 1950s.
Quick to detect her talent, Walt Disney did not hesitate to use her in a leading cartoon motion picture in 1950. The film was “Cinderella.”
Famous for her roles in early animated shorts, Disney films and more recently Smurfette and Yagoda (Avatar The Last Airbender)... but she's been used frequently in things like "Invader Zim". She's credited for her direct work in helping other actors fashion voice and talent in numerous productions beginning with her work in "The Secrets of NIMH".
A legend in animated voice production.