‘Jetsons’ Voice Actress Janet Waldo Dies at 96

Actress played teen daughter Judy Jetson on animated classic, as well as Penelope Pitstop and Josie from “Josie and the Pussycats”

Janet Waldo, who provided the voice of teenage daughter Judy Jetson on the classic animated series “The Jetsons,” has died, her daughter Lucy Lee told ABC News. She was 96.

According to Lee, Waldo was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor that couldn’t be operated on five years ago.

Born in Yakima, Washington, in 1920, Waldo had a vast career providing voices for animated series, with roles that included Josie on “Josie and the Pussycats” and the title role on “The Perils of Penelope Pitstop.”

Waldo first voiced Judy Jetson during “The Jetsons'” first primetime run, from 1962-1963, and revived the role for the show’s revival, from 1985 to 1987.

Other credits included “Battle of the Planets,” “Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels,” “Alvin & the Chipmunks” and “The Smurfs.”

After bit roles in dozens of films, Waldo’s big break came in radio, via a part on Cecil B. DeMille‘s :”Lux Radio Theater.” Roles on “The Eddie Bracken Show,” Edward G. Robinson’s “Big Town” and “Sears Radio Theater” followed.

In addition to her voice work, Waldo had recurring roles on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” and “The Red Skelton Show,” and starred for eight years on CBS’s “Meet Corliss Archer.”

According to IMDb, Waldo’s last television role was a voice part on a 1998 episode of Mike Judge‘s animated comedy “King of the Hill.”