Sad news this morning as Lucille Bliss, the actress who voiced Smurfette in the 1980s animated series The Smurfs has passed away at 96 years old.
Bliss, who had a 60-year career, died more than a week ago at an assisted living center in Costa Mesa, California.
Bliss had continued working up until her death. Her career started in 1950, when she was cast in Disney's Cinderella as the voice of stepsister Anastasia. Her big break was as the title role in Crusader Rabbit, which was the first animated series developed specifically for the small screen. The show ran from 1950-1952.
Later on, Bliss voiced Elroy on The Jetsons, until she reportedly was removed from that position when she refused to work under a stage name. She also did characters in animated Star Wars spinoffs and The Flintstones.
Recently she voiced roles in the feature film Robots and the TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Her most famous role was the aforementioned Smurfette. She voiced the character in the series, as well as several TV movies and specials. Katy Perry took over the character for the 2011 feature film.
She was unmarried and left no immediate survivors.
Rest in peace, ma’am.