Julie Bennett, Cindy Bear's voice in Yogi bear, dies from complications with coronavirus

Julie Bennett, Cindy Bear's voice in Yogi bear, dies from complications with coronavirus

Yogi Bear and Cindy Bear. (Warner Bros)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com)-According to talent agent and friend Mark Scroggs, voice actor veteran Julie Bennett died at 88 on Tuesday in Los Angeles from complications related to coronavirus.

Bennett was best known for her work in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series The Yogi Bear Show as Cindy Bear, Yogi's sweet, Southern love story.

Bennett was born in Manhattan on January 24, 1932, but was raised in Los Angeles. After graduating from Beverly Hills High School, she relocated to New York, where she began her career in stage, radio and television, and finally moved to L.A.

Her live TV credits include Dragnet, Leave It to Beaver, Get Smart, Love, American Style and Superman, as well as appearances on a variety of shows such as The Tonight Show, The Sid Caesar Show and several specials on The Bob Hope Show.

Julie Bennett publicity portrait for the television series 'Man Against Crime', 1949. (Photo by CBS/Getty Images) (Getty)


However, Bennett has found her niche as a voice actor, bringing the personality of Cindy Bear to life for more than two decades on The Yogi Bear Show and the feature films of the series, Hey There, It's Yogi Bear and Yogi and The Invasion of the space Bears. Her other voiceover ventures include a number of Looney Tune shows such as Bugs Bunny, shows such as Quick Draw McGraw and The Bullwinkle Show and Aunt May Parker in the animated Spider-Man series from 1997 to 1998.

She has worked on a number of projects for Mr. Magoo producer UPA Productions, including animated feature Gay Purr-ee, The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo, and Woody Allen's comedic dub of Japanese spy movie, What's Up, Tiger Lily?

In the early 1990s, Bennett reinvented herself as Marianne Daniels. She then pursued a career as a personal manager for both new and established talent, representing her clients for more than 20 years.

She has survived her "mutually adopted family," Carol, Nick and Mark Scroggs. Donations can be made to the Actors Fund in her memory.