The Voice of Smurfette Has Died; Her Long Career Included Everything From Being the Original Crusader Rabbit to Working on the 'Avatar' TV Series THR
The voice of Smurfette from the animated 1980s show "The Smurfs" has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lucille Bliss was 96 and died of natural causes.
Bliss had a 60-year career, voicing animated characters from the 1950s up until the time of her death, the story says. She got her start as the stepsister Anastasia in Disney's classic animated film "Cinderella," and then was cast in the title role in the original "Crusader Rabbit," the first animated show specifically made for TV.
"Crusader Rabbit" aired on NBC from 1950-52 and was co-created by Jay Ward, who created Rocky and Bullwinkle.
She later lost a job on the 1960s series "The Jetsons," on which she originally voiced Elroy, when she refused to work under a stage name to hide the fact she was a woman voicing a little boy, the story notes.
Her recent roles included the movie "Robots" and the television series "Avatar: The Last Airbender."