‘Yogi Bear’ Voice Actress Dies From Coronavirus Complications

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Julie Bennett was aged 88

Courtesy Mark Scroggs
Julie Bennett

Julie Bennett, who provided the voice of love interest Cindy Bear on Yogi Bear cartoons for nearly three decades, has died. She was 88.

Bennett died Tuesday of complications from COVID-19 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to talent agent and friend Mark Scroggs.

After appearing onscreen in such series as The George Burns and Gracie Allen ShowAdventures of SupermanLeave It to BeaverDragnet and Highway Patrol, Bennett found her niche as a voiceover artist.

Her animation career began with “Fractured Fairy Tales” in 1960 on The Bullwinkle Show, and she voiced Cindy Bear for the first time a year later on The Yogi Bear Show, which featured Daws Butler doing his best Art Carney impersonation as Jellystone Park’s most famous resident.

Bennett gave the parasol-loving Cindy a Southern accent and played the character through 1988 on The New Yogi Bear Show.

She also voiced Aunt May on a 1997 Spider-Man animated series, did the talking for a Barbie doll and worked in films including the Judy Garland-starring Gay Purr-ee (1962) and Woody Allen’s What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966).

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