Barbara Luddy

Barbara Luddy (May 25, 1908 – April 1, 1979) was an American motion picture and radio actress best known for her voiceover work for Walt Disney Studios in the 1950s and '60s.

Barbara Luddy
Born(1908-05-25)May 25, 1908
DiedApril 1, 1979(1979-04-01) (aged 70)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1925–1977
Known forOriginal voice of Kanga from the 1960s Winnie The Pooh film series and in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Original voice of Lady in Lady and the Tramp
Merryweather in Sleeping Beauty
R. Ned LeFevre
(m. 1942)


Born in Great Falls, Montana, Luddy was the daughter of Will[1] and Molly Luddy[2] of Helena, Montana.[1] She sang in vaudeville as a child.[3] She attended Ursuline Convent in Great Falls, Montana.[4]



In 1929, Luddy toured with Leo Carrillo in Australia as part of a touring company that presented the play Lombardi, Ltd. A review in the Sydney Morning Herald cited Luddy's work portraying a mannequin as "a role in which Miss Barbara Luddy made a great hit by her pert audacity and vivaciousness."[5]


Luddy was a member of the dramatic cast of the Chicago Theater of the Air.[6] One of Luddy's better known roles on radio was being a regular performer on The First Nighter Program from 1936 until the series ended in 1953.[6]:118 In 1937, she and fellow First Nighter actor Les Tremayne set what a contemporary newspaper article called "a precedent ... when these signed long term contracts calling for their exclusive services" on the program."[7]

She also played Veronica Gunn in the comedy Great Gunns.[6]:138 In soap operas, she played Judith Clark in Lonely Women[6]:205-206 Carol Evans Martin in The Road of Life,[6]:285 and Janet Munson in Woman in White.[4]


Luddy's film career began with silent pictures in the late 1920s. She is perhaps best remembered for her voice work in Disney animated films such as Lady and the Tramp (in which she played the titular Lady), Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Robin Hood and the Winnie-the-Pooh featurettes including Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too,[8] all of which were edited into the composite feature The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Her other film credits include Terrified (1962) and the TV film Lost Flight (1969).


Luddy guest starred in episodes of such television programs as Hazel, Dragnet, Adam-12, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

Personal lifeEdit

Luddy married R. Ned LeFevre, an actor and announcer, on September 18, 1942.[9] The couple had no children.

Luddy died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California, in 1979 at age 70.


Year Title Role Notes
1925 An Enemy of Men Janet
1925 Sealed Lips Alice Howard
1925 Rose of the World Cecilia Kirby
1927 Born to Battle Barbara Barstow
1927 Wilful Youth
1928 See You Later
1930 Headin' North Mary Jackson
1933 Her Secret Mae
1955 Lady and the Tramp Lady Voice
1959 Sleeping Beauty Merryweather Voice
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians Rover Voice
1963 Terrified Mrs. Hawley
1964 Dear Heart Miss Carmichael Uncredited
1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Kanga Voice
1968 The Shakiest Gun in the West Screaming Woman Uncredited
1968 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Kanga Voice
1973 Robin Hood Mother Sexton (church mouse), Mother Rabbit Voice, Uncredited
1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! Kanga Voice
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Voice, Archive footage


  1. ^ a b "Helena Girl Gains Success on Stage". The Independent Record. Montana, Helena. January 6, 1930. p. 2. Retrieved July 17, 2016 – via  
  2. ^ "Barbara Luddy Vacations in Filmdom". Long Beach Independent. California, Long Beach. October 7, 1943. p. 12. Retrieved July 17, 2016 – via  
  3. ^ DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. P. 170.
  4. ^ a b "Joins "Woman in White"". Harrisburg Telegraph. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. May 31, 1941. p. 24. Retrieved July 17, 2016 – via  
  5. ^ ""Lombardi, Ltd."". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia, Sydney. September 2, 1929. p. 8. Retrieved July 17, 2016 – via  
  6. ^ a b c d e Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. P. 74.
  7. ^ "Signed for Fifty-Two Weeks". Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. The Evening News. June 1, 1937. p. 16. Retrieved July 17, 2016 – via  
  8. ^ Mazurki, Jeannette (January 5, 1972). "Barbara Luddy voice of Disney cartoon characters". The Lowell Sun. Massachusetts, Lowell. Copley News Service. p. 50. Retrieved July 17, 2016 – via  
  9. ^ "Co-Star with Tremayne in "First Nighter"". The Ironwood Times. Michigan, Ironwood. October 14, 1942. p. 11. Retrieved July 17, 2016 – via 

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