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

[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 De Vil: [Trying to write a check for the puppies] Oh blast this pen!
[Shakes it]
Cruella De Vil: Blast this wretched, wretched pen! EH!
[Splatters ink over Pongo and Roger]

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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.

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.

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.

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