Billie Hayes (née Brosch), identified for enjoying Witchiepoo within the beloved 1969 youngsters’s present H.R. Pufnstuf, has died. She was 96.
The veteran actress died Thursday of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Heart in Los Angeles, in accordance with Deadline. Her household introduced the information of her loss of life.
She was greatest identified for her efficiency on H.R. Pufnstuf, which ran for 17 episodes on NBC in 1969, in addition to the 1970 characteristic adaptation, Pufnstuf.
Hayes entertained audiences with a slapstick, vaudeville fashion efficiency of Witchiepoo, the villainous witch who was always attempting to steal the magical Freddy the Flute.
Hayes revived the position of Witchiepoo in Sid and Marty Krofft’s different exhibits, The Banana Splits Journey Hour and Lidsville, and once more on The Paul Lynde Halloween Particular in 1976.
She additionally gave a memorable efficiency as Mammy Yokum within the 1956 Broadway musical adaptation of the caricature Li’l Abner. She additionally performed the position within the 1959 film and a 1971 TV particular.
The Illinois native’s different credit embrace appearances in The Monkees, Bewitched, Donny and Marie and Homicide, She Wrote.
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She additionally had plenty of voiceover roles in animated collection together with The Flinstones Comedy Present, The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, The Black Cauldron, The Actual Ghostbusters, The Evening Earlier than Christmas, Rugrats and The Powerpuff Women.
Born April 11, 1925 in Du Quoin, Illinois, to an assistant aid administrator to the underprivileged and a coal miner union chief, she began performing at age 9, when she danced at native nightclubs. Hayes carried out a solo act in Chicago throughout her teenagers, touring across the Midwest, earlier than touchdown in New York Metropolis.
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She made her Broadway debut in Leonard Sillman’s New Faces of 1956, alongside Maggie Smith, after showing within the revue What’s New with Paul Lynde.
After her flip in Li’l Abner, she performed Minnie Fay, touring with the nationwide manufacturing of Hi there Dolly! starring Betty Grable.
An animal lover and vegetarian, she based the animal rescue non-profit Pet Hope in 1984. She served because the group’s president till her loss of life.