Marilyn Schreffler

Marilyn Sue Schreffler (June 14, 1945 – January 7, 1988) was an American voice actress who provided voice-overs for several animated television series, mostly for Hanna-Barbera Productions.

Marilyn Schreffler
Marilyn Sue Schreffler

(1945-06-14)June 14, 1945
DiedJanuary 7, 1988(1988-01-07) (aged 42)
Resting placeMemorial Park Cemetery, Topeka, Kansas
OccupationVoice actress
Years active1977–1988
Notable credit(s)
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
as Brenda Chance
The All New Popeye Hour
as Olive Oyl


Marilyn Schreffler was born in Wichita, Kansas on June 14, 1945. She graduated from Topeka West High School in 1963. She briefly attended Washburn University before moving on to Chicago and Cleveland, where she worked in several comedy groups. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Schreffler had moved to Los Angeles and began her career doing voice-overs for animated TV programs.[1]

Her first television voice-over roles for Hanna-Barbera were Brenda Chance on Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels and Daisy Mayhem on Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics in 1977. (For the "Laff-A-Lympics" segment, she reprised the role of Brenda from Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels which was airing concurrently). Throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, she voiced a variety of characters on other Hanna-Barbera shows such as Yogi's Space Race, Galaxy Goof-Ups, Buford and the Galloping Ghost, Fred and Barney Meet the Thing, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show, The Kwicky Koala Show, The Flintstone Comedy Show, The Smurfs, Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour, as well as Ruby-Spears series including Thundarr the Barbarian, Heathcliff and Dingbat, Heathcliff and Marmaduke, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Saturday Supercade and Dragon's Lair. Despite her numerous voice acting credits, Schreffler was best known as the voice of Olive Oyl on The All New Popeye Hour from 1978 to 1983, also produced by Hanna-Barbera.

Although she was a behind-the-scenes actress, Schreffler did a few on-screen acting roles on television shows in the 1980s such as Simon & Simon, Remington Steele, Airwolf and Newhart. She had voice parts in the 1987 thriller films Fatal Attraction and Jaws: The Revenge. She was also a voice in numerous TV commercials including some for Alka-Seltzer and Dole pineapple.

Her last voice-acting role was the voice of Winnie Werewolf for the animated TV film Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School which aired posthumously in 1988.



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Runaway Lois Voice
1985 Starchaser: The Legend of Orin Animated film, Incidental & background voices
Explorers Special vocal effects
1986 Heathcliff: The Movie Mr. Woodley's Secretary (segment "An Officer and an Alleycat") Voice, Animated film
The Golden Child Kala Voice
Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star Kirbi Voice
Vamp Voice
1987 Jaws: The Revenge Additional voices
Fatal Attraction Party guest #14


Year Title Role Notes
1977–1980 Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels Brenda Chance 40 episodes
1977–1979 Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics Brenda Chance, Daisy Mayhem 24 episodes
1978–1983 The All New Popeye Hour Olive Oyl, Alice the Goon, Sea Hag, Swee'Pea 35 episodes
1978 Yogi's Space Race Wendy 13 episodes
Galaxy Goof-Ups Additional voices 13 episodes
1979 Buford and the Galloping Ghost Wendy 13 episodes (The Galloping Ghost segment)
The Popeye Valentine Special: Sweehearts at Sea Olive Oyl, Sea Hag TV special
Fred and Barney Meet the Thing Betty, Miss Twilly 13 episodes (The Thing segment)
1979–1980 Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo Betty, Miss Twilly 13 episodes (The Thing segment)
1979–1980 Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Additional voices
1979 Casper's Halloween Special Winifred Witch TV special
Scooby Goes Hollywood Cherie, Sis and Receptionist TV special
1980 Thundarr the Barbarian Additional voices
1980–1981 Heathcliff and Dingbat Additional voices
1980–1981 The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show Additional voices
1980 Yogi's First Christmas Snively TV film
1981 The Pink Panther in: Pink at First Sight Additional voices TV special
1981–1982 Heathcliff and Marmaduke Sonia, Barbie
1981 Trollkins Lola La Trolla 13 episodes
The Kwicky Koala Show Additional voices
1981–1982 Laverne & Shirley in the Army Additional voices
1981 The Flintstone Comedy Show Weathergirl Episode: "Stormfront and Weathergirl"
Spider-Man Sally Ann Beaumont Episode: "The Sandman is Coming"
1982 Jokebook Additional voices
1982–1983 The Incredible Hulk Computer Episode: "Prisoner of the Monster"
1982 Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour Additional voices Episode: "Who's Minding the Brat?"
The Smurfs Additional voices
Meatballs & Spaghetti Additional voices
The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour Additional voices
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends Bonnie Episode: "A Firestar is Born"
1982–1983 Shirt Tales Additional voices 23 episodes
1983 The Dukes Additional voices 13 episodes
The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show Additional voices
The Littles Additional voices 13 episodes
Alvin and the Chipmunks Additional voices 13 episodes
Saturday Supercade Additional voices 13 episodes
1984 Rose Petal Place Nastina TV special
The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries Additional voices
Dragon's Lair Additional voices Episode: "Tale of the Enchanted Gift"
Heathcliff and The Catillac Cats Additional voices Episode: "Wild Cat Heathcliff/Kitten Around"
Pole Position Kuma 13 episodes
1985 Rose Petal Place: Real Friends Marigold, Nastina TV special
Challenge of the GoBots Additional voices
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Additional voices
CBS Storybreak Additional voices Episode: "Robutt: A Tale of Tails"
The Berenstain Bears Show Additional female voices
The Jetsons Additional voices Episode: "Elroy in Wonderland"
1985–1986 Paw Paws Additional voices 21 episodes
1985 CBS Storybreak Additional voices Episode: "Witch-Cat"
1986 Yogi's Treasure Hunt Additional voices Episode: "Riddle in the Middle of the Earth"
1986–1987 The Flintstone Kids Rocky Ratrock, Flo Rubble 13 episodes
1987 Popeye and Son Olive Oyl, Lizzie, Puggy, Sea Hag
Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose Bernice TV film
1988 CBS Storybreak Additional voices Episode: "Ratha's Creature"
Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School Winnie Werewolf TV film (Final Role)


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Simon & Simon Motel Clerk Mindy Episode: "Too Much of a Good Thing"
1984 Remington Steele Betty Lynn Episode: "Small Town Steele"
Airwolf Angie Episode: "Firestorm"
1986 Newhart Gloria Tate Episode: "The Stratford Horror Picture Show"


Schreffler began feeling ill in 1987, initially believing it was due to chronic stomach issues she had been dealing with since adolescence. After losing weight rapidly, she consulted doctors, and was diagnosed with late stage liver cancer. She chose not to seek chemotherapy treatment, as the cancer had metastasized by then, instead deciding on pallative care and work until her health declined too much. Her last role would be in Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School, released months after her death, with Schreffler allegedly recording her lines from her home as she was too ill to travel to the studio. She died on January 7, 1988 at the age of 42 from complications from liver cancer in Los Angeles, California.[citation needed]


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