It is a very sad day in THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS...actress Billie Mae Richards passed away today at age 88 (She would have been 89 in November). I just got off the phone with her daughter, Cyndi Richards-Jamieson, and she said she passed this morning quietly in her sleep. It was peaceful and at home. I did many radio show appearances with my friend Billie Mae over the years and she sounded as youthful as when she did the voice of RUDOLPH in 1964. She always sang a few bars of "We're a couple of misfits." Our last show together was in 2009 and we were planning a possible appearance at a Canadian film festival this Christmas. She was a wonderful person and will always be remembered for the life she breathed into RUDOLPH! Besides doing the voice of RUDOLPH, she did many other RANKIN/BASS voices including Bobby Bond (THE KING KONG SHOW), Willy McBean (RANKIN/BASS' WILLY McBEAN & HIS MAGIC MACHINE), many voices in RANKIN/BASS' FESTIVAL OF FAMILY CLASSICS and so much more. She was one of a kind!
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NEW version released today! GREAT EXTRAS including a commercial introduced by ED (In Color) for my BEATLES inflatable LUX/DOVE Soap dolls (Shows the store display too), ED interviewing THE BEATLES in England on the set of A HARD DAY'S NIGHT and many clips of ED talking about the BEATLES on his show with a clip of him and TOPO GIGIO dressed up like the BEATLES.
www.cartoonresearch.com Jerry Beck does some Quality cartoon research! The Burl Ives photo featured on his page is from my latest edition of THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS: A PORTFOLIO. When I updated the book a few years back, I changed the photos on the BURL IVES FOREWORD page and this is one of the photos I used. It wasn't in the original editions of the book.