Mini Tribute: Verna Felton

 

Born July 20, 1890 Verna Felton!

Verna Felton was a veteran character actress on stage, radio, film and TV!

On the big screen, Felton is probably best remembered for her voiceover work on some of Walt Disney’s most beloved animated feature films: Dumbo (as Dumbo’s mother, Mrs. Jumbo), Cinderella (as the Fairy Godmother who sings “Bibbidy Bobbidy Boo”), Alice in Wonderland (as the Queen of Hearts who insists “off with their heads”), Sleeping Beauty (as both the good fairy Flora and Queen Leah who is the mother of Princess Aurora), Lady and the Tramp (as Aunt Sarah), and The Jungle Book (as Winifred the Elephant).

Verna Felton Montage: Alice in Wonderland's The Queen of Hearts, Sleeping Beauty's Flora, Dumbo's Mrs. Jumbo, The Jungle Book's Winifred the Elephant, Lady and the Tramp's Aunt Sarah, Cinderella's Fairy Godmother

Verna Felton as (clockwise from right upper corner): The Queen of Hearts, Flora, Mrs. Jumbo, Winifred the Elephant, Aunt Sarah, Fairy Godmother

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Verna Felton as Fred Flintstone's mother-in-law Pearl Slaghoople

TV cartoon fans however will remember her best as Fred Flintstone’s nagging mother-in-law, Pearl Slaghoople (1962-1963)!

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December Bride TV sitcom

Felton also had quite a successful run on TV sitcoms, most notably as ‘Hilda Crocker’ (reprising her radio role) on December Bride (1954-1959) and its spin-off Pete and Gladys (1960-1961). She again reprised a radio role appearing as Dennis Day’s domineering mother on TV’s The Jack Benny Program (1955-1962).

Other film appearances include The Fuller Brush Man (1948), Belles on Their Toes (1952), Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) and Picnic (1955).

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 –Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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