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Subject: ARCHIVE: October 11, 1919 ~Also born a century ago, voice actress extraordinaire Jean Vander Pyl, whose career spanned many decades, best remembered as the voice of 'Wilma Flintstone' for Hanna-Barbera's TV cartoon "The Flintstones"! ~Happy 100th!

Miss Vander Pyl died of lung cancer at her home in Dana Point, California, at the age of 79.
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Date Posted: Friday, October 11, 04:36:51pm
In reply to: Bio 's message, "Jazz drummer Art Blakey was born 100 years ago today (died 1990)" on Friday, October 11, 11:01:08am

Jean Vander Pyl
[ Jean Thurston Vander Pyl ]
(October 11, 1919 April 10, 1999)

American actress and voice actress. Although her career spanned many decades, she was cast as the voice of Wilma Flintstone for the Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Flintstones. In addition to Wilma Flintstone, she also provided the voices of Pebbles Flintstone, Rosie the robot maid on the animated series The Jetsons, Goldie, Lola Glamour, Nurse LaRue and other characters in Top Cat, Winsome Witch on The Secret Squirrel Show and Ogee on The Magilla Gorilla Show.

Early life and career
Vander Pyl was born in Philadelphia to John Howard and Kathleen Hale Vander Pyl. Her grandfather had come from the Netherlands. Her father was the district manager for Knit Underwear, her mother was a Southerner from Tennessee. The two died within six months of each other in the early 1950s. By 1939, she was already working as a radio actress.

...On radio she was heard on such programs as The Halls of Ivy (195052) and on Father Knows Best during the early 1950s, where she portrayed Margaret Anderson; the role was played on television by Jane Wyatt. He was a graduate of Stanford University who worked as a copywriter at KHJ radio in the mid-1930s and later became an advertising executive.

Vander Pyl made numerous TV appearances as an actress in programs such as Leave It to Beaver, The Donna Reed Show, Father Knows Best, The Beverly Hillbillies, That Girl, and Petticoat Junction. One of her final TV appearances was in the opening scene of the Season Two Murder, She Wrote episode, "One Good Bid Deserves a Murder". Vander Pyl also had a cameo appearance in the 1994 live-action film version of The Flintstones as 'Mrs. Feldspar', an elderly woman in a conga line, with actor John Goodman as Fred, and actress Elizabeth Perkins as 'Wilma'.

Voice work
Vander Pyl was the voice of Wilma Flintstone, her best-known character, in the original Flintstones series. She told an interviewer in 1995 that she received $250 per episode for making The Flintstones, and in 1966, when the series ended, she rushed to accept $15,000 in lieu of residual payments from syndication. The Flintstones ran in syndication across the globe for decades. At the time, Vander Pyl lived in San Clemente, California, and remarked: "If I got residuals, I wouldn't live in San Clemente. I'd own San Clemente."

Most of her other voice acting work was also for the Hanna-Barbera studio, where she played her first voice role in 1958 on an episode of The Huckleberry Hound Show, voicing an actress in The Yogi Bear episode, "Show Biz Bear". She did additional voices, The Narrator And Southern belles and beautiful girls, on The Quick Draw McGraw Show, Snagglepuss and The Yogi Bear Show. In 1961-62, Vander Pyl played Nurse Larue, Charlie the baby, Goldie, Lola Glamour and additional voices on multiple episodes of Top Cat and in 1962, she did another memorable role, as Rosie, the Jetsons' robotic maid, and 23 years later in 1985 she reprised the character on the returning series. ...

...Later, she did the voices of Maw Rugg and her daughter Floral Rugg on a rural cartoon, The Hillbilly Bears and Winsome Witch; both shows were part of The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show (19651967). Jean Vander Pyl was also the voice of Little Ogee on The Magilla Gorilla Show. In 1969, Vander Pyl guest starred on the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "Foul Play in Funland", playing Sarah Jenkins.

...In the 1970s, she was the voice of Marge Huddles, the main character's wife on Where's Huddles?, in which she played a role similar to that of Wilma Flintstone and was reunited with her Flintstones cast members Alan Reed and Mel Blanc. She went on to voice Mrs. Finkerton on Inch High, Private Eye, as well as several female characters on Hong Kong Phooey, The Tom and Jerry Show and Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the talented voice actress did voices on Mister T, Snorks, Yogi's Treasure Hunt and also on The Flintstone Kids as Mrs. Slaghoople. She mostly reprised Wilma Flintstone on spin-off series and films such as The Flintstone Comedy Hour, The New Fred and Barney Show, The Flintstone Comedy Show, The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, I Yabba-Dabba Do!, Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby, and A Flintstones Christmas Carol.

Her last roles were again as Wilma Flintstone on What a Cartoon! episode "Dino: Stay Out!"
in 1995, A Flintstone Family Christmas in 1996 and on The Weird Al Show in 1997.

Personal life
Vander Pyl was married twice. First to Carroll G. O'Meara on March 9, 1939; together they had three children, O'Meara died on February 18, 1962, at the age of 53. She then married her second husband Roger Wells DeWitt in 1963; the couple had one son, they remained married until DeWitt's death in 1992.

On April 10, 1999, Vander Pyl, the last surviving original cast member of The Flintstones, died of lung cancer at her home
in Dana Point, California, at the age of 79. Vander Pyl was interred in Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, California.


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