Barbara Luddy

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Barbara Luddy
Born(1908-05-25)May 25, 1908
DiedApril 1, 1979(1979-04-01) (aged 70)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1925–1977
Known forOriginal voice of Kanga from the 1960s Winnie The Pooh film series and in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Original voice of Lady in Lady and the Tramp
Merryweather in Sleeping Beauty
R. Ned LeFevre(m. 1942)

Barbara Luddy (May 25, 1908 – April 1, 1979) was an American actress from Great Falls, Montana. Her film career began with silent pictures in the 1920s, during which time she was also a prolific radio performer.

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Luddy was the daughter of Will [1] and Molly Luddy [2] of Helena, Montana. [1] She sang in vaudeville as a child. [3] She attended Ursuline Convent in Great Falls, Montana. [4] On September 18, 1942, Luddy married R. Ned LeFevre, an actor and announcer, in Winnetka, Illinois. [5]

Luddy died in Los Angeles, California, in 1979 age 70 from lung cancer.

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In 1929, Luddy toured with Leo Carrillo in Australia as part of a touring company that presented the play Lombardi, Ltd. A review in the Sydney Morning Herald cited Luddy's work portraying a mannequin as "a role in which Miss Barbara Luddy made a great hit by her pert audacity and vivaciousness." [6]

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Luddy was a member of the dramatic cast of the Chicago Theater of the Air . [7] One of Luddy's better known roles on radio was being a regular performer on The First Nighter Program from 1936 until the series ended in 1953. [7] :118 In 1937, she and fellow First Nighter actor Les Tremayne set what a contemporary newspaper article called "a precedent ... when these signed long term contracts calling for their exclusive services" on the program." [8]

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She also played Veronica Gunn in the comedy Great Gunns. [7] :138 In soap operas, she played Judith Clark in Lonely Women [7] :205-206 Carol Evans Martin in The Road of Life, [7] :285 and Janet Munson in Woman in White. [4]

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Luddy is perhaps best remembered for her voice work in Disney animated films such as Lady and the Tramp (in which she played the titular Lady), Sleeping Beauty , One Hundred and One Dalmatians , Robin Hood and the Winnie-the-Pooh featurettes including Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree , Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day , and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too , [9] all of which were edited into the composite feature The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh . Her other film credits include Terrified (1962) and the TV film Lost Flight (1969).


Luddy guest starred in episodes of such television programs as Hazel , Dragnet , Adam-12 , and Kolchak: The Night Stalker .


1925 An Enemy of Men Janet
1925Sealed LipsAlice Howard
1925 Rose of the World Cecilia Kirby
1927Born to BattleBarbara Barstow
1927Wilful Youth
1928See You Later
1930Headin' NorthMary Jackson
1933Her SecretMae
1955 Lady and the Tramp LadyVoice
1959 Sleeping Beauty Merryweather Voice
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians RoverVoice
1963 Terrified Mrs. Hawley
1964 Dear Heart Miss CarmichaelUncredited
1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Kanga Voice
1968 The Shakiest Gun in the West Screaming WomanUncredited
1968 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Kanga Voice
1973 Robin Hood Mother Sexton (church mouse), Mother RabbitVoice, Uncredited
1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! Kanga Voice
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Kanga Voice, Archive-footage

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