Beatrice “Bea” Benaderet (April 4, 1906 – October 13, 1968) was an American actress born...

Benaderet's father Samuel was a Turkish Jewish emigrant, and her mother, Margaret (née O'Keefe) was...

Benaderet's first job in radio was at KFRC in San Francisco, California. Her responsibilities there included acting,...

When Lucille Ball and husband Desi Arnaz decided to develop a program for CBS television called I Love Lucy, Benaderet, who had worked with Ball on My Favorite...

Benaderet voiced numerous female characters in the Warner Bros. animated shorts of the 1940s, including "Granny" (the sometimes dimwitted, sometimes assertive owner...

Benaderet was busy during the last decade of her life, starting with a voice role as Betty Rubble in the animated series The Flintstones, which debuted in 1960. The Flintstones reunited Benaderet with her 1940s co-workers Alan Reed...

Benaderet was considered for the role of Granny in The Beverly Hillbillies by producer Paul Henning, who felt she was too buxom and feminine for the character he envisioned as a frail but...

Petticoat Junction proved an enormous hit in its first season, and remained a top-25 program for several...

Benaderet was diagnosed with cancer in 1967, which led to her departure from Petticoat Junction in what was hoped would be a temporary...


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