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Verna Felton

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Cause of death  Stroke
Role  Character actress
Occupation  Actress
Spouse  Lee Millar (m. 1923–1941)
Years active  1917–1966
Children  Lee Millar
Name  Verna Felton

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Full Name  Verna Arline Felton
Born  July 20, 1890 (1890-07-20) Salinas, California, U.S.
Resting place  Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California, U.S.
Died  December 14, 1966, North Hollywood, California, United States
Parents  Clara Lawrence Felton, Horace W. Felton
Movies  Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book
Similar People  Eleanor Audley, Barbara Luddy, Ilene Woods, Clyde Geronimi, Sterling Holloway

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Verna Felton (July 20, 1890 – December 14, 1966) was an American actress who was best known for providing many voices in numerous Disney animated films, as well as voicing Fred Flintstone's mother-in-law Pearl Slaghoople in Hanna-Barbera's The Flintstones (1962 - 1963).


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She also had roles in live-action films, however, she was most active in radio programs. She was known for her husky voice and no-nonsense attitude. Two of her most famous roles were as Mrs. Day, the protective, domineering, and authoritative mother, who was always looking after her son Dennis Day and trying to boss around Jack Benny on The Jack Benny Program (1939 - 1962) and as Hilda Crocker on the CBS sitcom December Bride (1952 - 1959).

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Early years

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Felton was born in Salinas, California on July 20, 1890. Her father, a doctor, died when she was seven years old. When going over his accounts after his death, Felton's mother discovered that though her husband had a large medical practice in San Jose, there were no records of his patients' payments for treatment and no cash in the office. Shortly before her father's death, Felton had performed in a local benefit for victims of the Galveston Flood. Her singing and dancing attracted the attention of a manager of a road show company that was playing in San Jose at the time. The manager spoke to Felton's mother, offering to give Felton a job with his company. Since the family was experiencing difficult financial times with the loss of Felton's father, her mother contacted the road show manager. Felton quickly joined the cast of the show, growing up in the theater.

Radio and television

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Felton worked extensively in the 1930s and '50s in Hollywood radio, notably playing The Mom in The Cinnamon Bear, Junior the Mean Widdle Kid's grandmother on Red Skelton's radio series, Hattie Hirsch on Point Sublime, and Dennis Day's mother on The Jack Benny Program. In addition, she performed on radio as a regular on The Abbott and Costello Show and The Great Gildersleeve.

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Felton appeared in a recurring role as the mother of Ruth Farley, a young woman played by Gloria Winters in the 1953–55 ABC sitcom with a variety show theme, Where's Raymond?, renamed The Ray Bolger Show. The series starred Ray Bolger as Raymond Wallace, a song-and-dance man who was repeatedly barely on time for his performances.

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Though some sitcom aficionados might assume that her guest appearances on I Love Lucy led to a regular supporting role as Hilda Crocker on the CBS sitcom December Bride, Felton had played that same character on the radio version two years prior to the television production. December Bride also starred Spring Byington, Dean Miller, Frances Rafferty, and Harry Morgan. Felton continued her Hilda Crocker role on the December Bride spin-off, Pete and Gladys, with Harry Morgan and Cara Williams. For her performance on December Bride, Felton was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1958 and in 1959.

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Felton was the original voice of Wilma Flintstone's mother, Pearl Slaghoople, voicing the character as a semi-regular on Hanna-Barbera's The Flintstones from 1962–63. In 1963, in the series finale of CBS's Dennis the Menace sitcom, Felton played John Wilson's aunt in the episode entitled "Aunt Emma Visits the Wilsons". In the story line, Mr. Wilson (Gale Gordon) tries to convince Aunt Emma to leave her estate to him and his wife, Eloise (Sara Seegar). Wilson becomes suspicious when Emma begins spending time with Dennis Mitchell (Jay North).

Film and animation

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During the 1940s and the early 1950s, she was in demand as a character actress on films, with roles in If I Had My Way (1940), Girls of the Big House (1945), The Fuller Brush Man (1948), Buccaneer's Girl (1950), Belles on Their Toes (1952), Don't Bother to Knock (1952) and her memorable role as Mrs. Dennise Potts in the film adaptation of William Inge's stage play Picnic (1955).

Felton was a popular actress at the Walt Disney Studios and MGM Studios, lending her voice to several animated features, including:

  • Dumbo (1941) as the Elephant Matriarch and Mrs. Jumbo, Dumbo's Mother
  • Cinderella (1950) as The Fairy Godmother (a role Felton reprised in re-imaginings of the Cinderella story on the radio programs Screen Directors Playhouse (1950) and The Hallmark Playhouse (1951))
  • Alice in Wonderland (1951) as the Queen of Hearts
  • Lady and the Tramp (1955) as Aunt Sarah, Jim Dear's aunt (Felton's son voiced Jim Dear and the dogcatcher)
  • Sleeping Beauty (1959) as Flora, the Red Fairy and Queen Leah, Princess Aurora's mother
  • Goliath II (1960) as Eloise
  • The Man from Button Willow (1965) as Mrs. Pomeroy, Mother and Lady on Trolley
  • The Jungle Book (1967) as Winifred the Elephant (her final role, animated or live-action)
  • Personal life and death

    Felton was married to radio actor Lee Millar (1888–41), who also did animation voices (notably for Disney's Pluto). Their son, Lee Carson Millar, Jr. (1924–80), appeared as an actor on a variety of television series between 1952 and 1967.

    Felton died at the age of 76 from a stroke in North Hollywood, California on the evening of December 14, 1966, the day before Walt Disney died. She is interred at Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.


  • Walt Disney's Cinderella (1954, RCA/Camden) - The Fairy Godmother
  • Disney Songs and Story: Sleeping Beauty (2012, Walt Disney Records) - Flora / Queen Leah
  • References

    Verna Felton Wikipedia