A voice-over actress whose character, like many baby boomers, was a teenager in the 1960s has died. The AP reports that Janet Waldo, best known as the voice of Judy Jetson on “The Jetsons,” died Sunday at her home in Encino, Calif.
Waldo, 96, had been battling a brain tumor.
Waldo played teenagers throughout much of her career, which included roles on radio in the 1940s and spanned film and television well into the 21st century. She was a live-action actress in film going back to the 1930s, and had a number of roles on early TV comedies including “I Love Lucy” and “The Andy Griffith Show.”
She had a recurring role on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” playing Janet.
Her most high-profile work was in animation. Along with Judy Jetson, she played Josie in “Josie and the Pussycats,” Penelope Pitstop in “Wacky Races” and the spinoff “The Perils of Penelope Pitstop,” and Nancy in “Shazzan.” She was also Fred Flintstone’s mother-in-law on “The Flintstones.”
On radio she was best-known for her eight-year run as another teenager, Corliss Archer, on CBS’s “Meet Corliss Archer.” Waldo’s likeness was used for Fox Feature Syndicate’s comic book adaptation, which launched in 1948.
Here’s a reel of Janet Waldo highlights posted on YouTube that includes voice work along with her guest appearance as a star-struck teen on “I Love Lucy” …