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Heather North, voice of 'Scooby-Doo's' Daphne, dies at 71

Heather North, voice of 'Scooby-Doo's' Daphne, dies at 71

Heather North, the voice actress for Daphne Blake from "Scooby-Doo", has died, according to reports.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, North died on November 30 at her home in Studio City after a lengthy illness.

She first voiced the character of Daphne in September 1970 on the second season opener of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon; she then returned for The New Scooby-Doo Movies in 1972-73 as well as other versions of the cartoon up to 2003.

She had replaced Stefanianna Christopherson. Her husband of 44 years, H. Wesley Kenney, was an Emmy Award-winning producer and director who directed every episode of the classic sitcom All in the Family's 1974-1975 season.

Tributes have been flooding in on social media since the news broke, with many noting that watching Scooby Doo was a huge part of childhoods around the globe. She played his love interest in a movie that followed an ambitious mailroom clerk and a chimpanzee who can predict which TV shows will be a success on the air.




The California native played Kurt Russell's romantic partner in Disney's 1971 feature The Barefoot Executive. She was in 1965's Git! and 1970's I Love My Wife, and had a stint on Broadway in the 1967 run of The Girl in the Freudian Slip.

She also stood out in the beach movie Gidget.

She is survived by her son, Kevin; daughter-in-law, Stephanie; a stepdaughter, Nina; a stepson, Wes Kenney; their spouses; six step-grandchildren; and nine step-great-grandchildren.

Another stepdaughter, Kara, died just a week ago. There is a memorial service Wednesday 11:30 a.m.at First Christian Church in Studio City.


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