The voice of Smurfette on the animated show the “Smurfs,” Lucille Bliss, has died of natural causes. She was 96.
Bliss had an entertainment career that spanned six decades, including lending her voice for Smurfette, Elroy Jetson on “The Jetsons,” and Crusader Rabbit on the eponymous animated show that was the first designed for television.
"Actors from her generation who came up in live radio, you'd do one or two takes with Lucille and she'd just nail it," David Scheve, owner of TDA Animation who worked with Bliss, told the Los Angeles Times. “She could do three or four characters in one [scene] and you'd never know they were all her. She was terrific."
Bliss was the original voice of Elroy Jetson, but lost the job because she wouldn’t work under a stage name so audiences wouldn’t know she was an adult woman, according to the Times.
"Life as a voice actress is tough," she once said, according to the paper. "It's not an easy career."
Her 60-year career expanded beyond television, as Bliss was the voice of Anastasia in Disney’s “Cinderella.”
She borrowed $50 to make the trip to Los Angeles to audition for the role.
"Six months later I got a phone call" and was offered a role,” she said. "I almost dropped the phone. I was delirious. That is the way it all began."
Bliss dismissed others who think voice actors aren’t as talented as their live action colleagues.
"I'm an actress specializing in voices," Bliss said in another interview. "I don't like the term 'voice-over.' … You have to be an actor first, and then the voice .… You have to take acting lessons to learn how to act before you can speak."
Born on March 31, 1916, in New York City, Bliss has no immediate survivors, according to the Times. Funeral arrangements for the voice actress were pending.