Television icon Lucille Bliss died at the age of 96.
You may not know her face or even her name, but Bliss had a career in movies and television that spanned 60 years. Her achievements included voicing a slew of cartoon characters in movies and on television, including the star of the first animated program produced specifically for TV, “Crusader Rabbit.”
However, a new generation of fans became familiar with Bliss when she became the voice of Smurfette in the 1980s cartoon hit “The Smurfs.”
Other roles included the voice of stepsister Anastasia in Disney’s classic “Cinderella,” as well as the original Elroy in the 1960s television staple “The Jetsons.”
The Los Angeles Times reports that Bliss died a week ago from natural causes at an assisted living center in Costa Mesa, according to the Orange County coroner.