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 Voice Actor Billie Mae Richards, Voice of Rudolph, Dies
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:11 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Voice actor Billy Mae Richards passed away on Friday, September 10th, at the age of 88.

Born Billy Mae Dinsmore in 1921 in Ontario, Canada, she held a career that spanned nearly 40 years, centered mainly around voice-over work.

Her most notable voice role was that of Rudolph in the Rankin-Bass series of stop-motion holiday specials during the 1960s and 70s, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Rudolph's Shiny New Year, and Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July. She also provided voices in the Rankin-Bass feature films Willy McBean and His Magic Machine and The Daydreamer.

Richards was the voice of Tenderheart Bear in the original Care Bears television series and films produced in the 1980s, and guest-starred in several episodes of the 1967 Spider-Man series as Billy Connors.

She also was well-known for her radio work with the Canadian Broadcasting Company, and starred in the 1950s program, Jake and the Kid.

Source: CBC News
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