Job Actress/Voice actress
Years active 1935-1966; 1997
Top Roles Old Crone, Narrator, Cruella De Vil / Miss Birdwell, Mrs. Lord, Cruella De Vil / Miss Birdwell
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 .



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: 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...
Cruella: Roger's songs!
[laughs again]

[first lines]
Narrator: Once upon a time in a faraway land, there was a tiny kingdom, peaceful, prosperous, and rich in romance and tradition. Here in a stately chateau, there lived a widowed gentleman and his little daughter, Cinderella. Although he was a kind and devoted father, and gave his beloved child every luxury and comfort, still he felt she needed a mother's care. And so he married again, choosing for his second wife a woman of good family with two daughters just Cinderella's age, by name, Anastasia and Drizella. It was upon the untimely death of this good man, however, that the stepmother's true nature was revealed. Cold, cruel, and bitterly jealous of Cinderella's charm and beauty, she was grimly determined to forward the interests of her own two awkward daughters. Thus, as time went by, the chateau fell into disrepair, for the family fortunes were squandered upon the vain and selfish stepsisters while Cinderella was abused, humiliated, and finally forced to become a servant in her own house. And yet, through it all, Cinderella remained ever gentle and kind, for with each dawn she found new hope that someday her dreams of happiness would come true.

Cruella De Vil: Anita dahling!
Anita: Oh hello Cruella, how are you?
Cruella De Vil: Miserable dahling, as usual, perfectly wretched.

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Betty Lou Gerson Facts
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.

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.

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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