Job Actress/Voice actress
Years active 1935-1966; 1997
Top Roles Old Crone, Narrator, Cruella De Vil / Miss Birdwell, Mrs. Lord, Nurse Andersone
Top GenresFamily, Animation, Film Adaptation, Drama, Adventure, Fantasy
Top TopicsBook-Based, Disney, Animals
Top Collaborators , (Producer), ,
Shares birthday with Nina Foch, Harold Lloyd, Gregory Ratoff  see more..

Betty Lou Gerson Overview:

Actress, Betty Lou Gerson, was born on Apr 20, 1914 in Chattanooga, TN. Lou Gerson died at the age of 84 on Jan 12, 1999 in Los Angeles, CA .

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On October 16, 1996, Lou Gerson received the Disney Legends Award for living up to the Disney principals of imagination, skill, discipline, craftsmanship and magic.

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Betty Lou Gerson Quotes:

[Cruella is reading the newspapers headlining the capture of the Dalmatian puppies]
Cruella De Vil: [reads one headline] "Dognapping!" Tsk, tsk, tsk. Can you imagine such a thing?
[reads another headline]
Cruella De Vil: "Fifteen Puppies Stolen". They are darling little things.
[she looks at the photos in the papers of the Radcliffs and their Dalmatians]
Cruella De Vil: Anita.
[Cruella laughs]
Cruella De Vil: And her bashful Beethoven, pipe and all! Oh, Roger, you are a fool!


Cruella: When can the puppies leave their mother? Two weeks? Three weeks?
Roger: Never.
Cruella: What?
Roger: W-W-We're n-not s-selling t-the puppies. N-N-Not a sing... a single one. Do you understand?
Cruella: Anita, is he serious? I really don't know Roger.
Anita: Well, Cruella, he seems...
Cruella: Surely he must be joking!
Roger: No, no, no. I-I-I mean it. You're-You're not getting one. N-N-Not one. And that's... that's final!
Cruella: Why, you horrid man! You... you... all right, keep the little beasts for all I care.
[she rips up the cheque]
Cruella: Do as you like with them. Drown them.
[she walks up to Anita]
Cruella: But I warn you, Anita, we're through. I'm through with all of you! I'll get even. Just wait. You'll be sorry! You fools! You... you IDIOTS!


Cruella: Fifteen. Fifteen puppies! How marvelous! How marvelous! How perfectly... Ugh! Oh, the devil take it, they're mongrels. No spots! No spots at all! What a horrid little white rat!
Nanny: They're not mongrels! They'll get their spots. Just wait and see.
Anita: That's right, Cruella. They'll have their spots in a few weeks.
Cruella: Oh, well, in that case I'll take them all. The whole litter. Just name your price, dear.
Anita: I'm afraid we can't give them up. Poor Perdita, she'd be heartbroken.
Cruella: Anita, don't be ridiculous. You can't possibly afford to keep them. You can scarcely afford to feed yourselves.
Anita: Well, I'm sure we'll get along.
Cruella: [laughing] Yes, I know! I know! Roger's...
[laughing]
Cruella: Roger's songs!
[laughs again]


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Betty Lou Gerson Facts
Her wicked voice lending to Cruella De Vil in 101 Dalmatians (1961) was ranked #39 on the American Film Institute's villains list of the 100 years of The Greatest Heroes and Villains.

She retired from films and television after marrying her second husband, Lou Lauria, who operated a telephone answering service in Los Angeles. She was survived by a brother and three stepchildren.

Southern-born and bred, she started working in radio in Chicago in the 1930s, soon moving east to New York City where she appeared in several radio shows and soap operas including "Mr. First Nighter" where she appeared with Don Ameche and met and married her first husband, Joe Ainley.

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