Star of radio who voiced hundreds of characters on shows like My Husband and the Jack Benny Show and became a TV star in Petticoat Junction.
She began to gather acclaim for radio work in the 1940s, playing Millicent Carstairs on Fibber McGee & Molly and Gertrude Gearshift, among other roles, on The Jack Benny Program.
Among her voice roles was Betty Rubble in The Flinstones, and the original Granny--owner of the Tweety bird--in the Warner Brothers series of cartoons.
She was born in New York City; her father is Turkish and mother is Irish-American.
She was the original choice to play Ethel Mertz--the part that went to Vivian Vance--on the show I Love Lucy.