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Bea Benaderet

Facts of Bea Benaderet

Date of Birth: 1906 , April-4
Date of Death: 1968 , October-13
Birth Nation: United States
Name Bea Benaderet
Father Samuel Benaderet
Mother Margaret O’Keefe Benaderet
Nationality American
Birth Place/City New York City
Profession Actor, Voice-over actor
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Blonde
Face Color White
Married Yes
Married to Eugene Twombly
Children Yes
Education St. Rose Academy High School
Movies Notorious, Tender Is The Night
TV Show The Jack Benny Program, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
Died October 13, 1968

Quick Timeline of Bea Benaderet

1906 Born in New York City
1921 Graduated from St. Rose Academy High School
1938 Married to Jim Bannon
1939 Breakthrough in Career
1968 Died of Cancer

Detail Timeline of Bea Benaderet

April 4 , 1906

Born in New York City

Bea Benaderet was born to father Samuel Benaderet, a tobacconist and mother Margaret O'Keefe Benaderet. She belonged to American nationality and her zodiac was Aries.


Graduated from St. Rose Academy High School

At the age of 16, she graduated from St. Rose Academy High School, an all-girls high school in San Francisco.


Married to Jim Bannon

The American actress married Jim Bannon, actor in 1938. They had two children, Jack and Maggie, whereas Jack became an actor later. 


Breakthrough in Career

After high school graduation, she worked at different places and the turning point in her career came when Bea got the chance to work at The Jack Benny Program.

October 13 , 1968

Died of Cancer

In 1963, the doctor found a very tiny tumor in her lungs, which did not seem to be a problem at first. However, the size of the tumor grew and caused lung cancer. In 1968, she died of lung cancer and pneumonia.


Bea Benaderet was an American TV actress, and voice actress best-known for her exceptional work in CBS TV’s comedy show The Burns and Allen Show, Petticoat Junction, and The Beverly Hillbillies. She is one of the few female voice actresses associated with Warner Bros studios in the beginning phase.

Moreover, she appeared in the TV series and movies for nearly 20 years and was nominated twice for Emmy Award.

Early Life and Education

Born on April 4, 1906, the American actress was born to Turkish immigrant Samuel Benaderat and mother Margaret O’Keefe Benaderet in New York City, United States. She belonged to American nationality and her birth sign was Aries.

She grew up in San Francisco during childhood and completed her high school from St. Rose Academy High School. Moreover, she attended the acting course at Reginald Travis School of Acting in San Francisco and also joined piano classes along with voice acting.

Bea CAPTION: Bea Benaderet SOURCE: MeTV

At the age of 12, Benaderet participated in The Beggar’s Opera, a children’s radio program. She was proficient in English, French, Yiddish, and Spanish. She made professional debut in The Prince of Pilsen at the age of 16.


In 1939, Benaderet made her breakthrough starring in a radio program The Jack Benny Program. Similarly, she played in various shows like The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as Gloria, Fibber McGee, and Molly as Mrs. Carstairs and A Day in the Life of Dennis Day as Clara Anderson.

In the 1940s, she appeared in radio series My Favorite Husband. She also played in the production of Notorious, a spy thriller movie as a clerk in 1946.

Likewise, she had a smooth sail from radio to TV show through The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show in 1950.

Furthermore, Benaderet worked in the Warner Bros studios as a freelancer and also a first female voice-over artist. Following that, she worked in the cartoon Tweetie Pie alongside Mel Blanc, a Warner Bros voice-over artist in 1947.

Likewise, the American actress played in 26 TV shows and movies like George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950-1958), I Love Lucy (1952), The lineup (1955) and many more.

In addition, in 20 years of her professional career, she worked in 29 radio programs such as The Campbell Playhouse (2939-1940), Lux Radio Theatre (1940-1944), Suspense (1943-1944) and so on. In 1961, she was honored with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Net Worth

In her two decades of career, Benaderet must have accumulated the net worth for living a luxurious life. However, the exact figure is yet to be revealed. 

Notorious, a spy thriller movie she starred, made the box office collection of $24.5 million against the budget of $1 million in 1946.

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Personal Life: Who was Bea Benaderet married to?

The voice actress married an American actor Jim Bannon in August 1938. The two met when they were working at KHJ, a radio station in Los Angeles. The couple welcomed two children Jack (1940-2017) and Maggie (born March 4, 1947).

There were contradictions between husband and wife due to Bannon's busy schedule, so Bea filed the divorce.

Later, she married a sound effect technician Eugene Twombly. They met at The Jack Benny Program and remained with her until she died of illness.

What did Bea Benaderet die of?

In 1963, the doctor discovered a spot on her lungs during a routine checkup however, it was not visible in the follow-up checkup. But the spot grew by 1967, and she did not do the surgery due to her busy schedule.

On November 26 of the same year, she did the operation at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles but failed.

After six weeks of laser radiation treatment at Stanford University Medical Center, she became healthy and quit the smoking habit. But soon, her lung cancer returned in 1968 and she became critically ill.

On October 13, 1968, she died of pneumonia and lung cancer. Her funeral was held in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetary in North Hollywood.

Age, Body Measurement and Statistics

Age: During the time of her death, Benaderet was 62-year-old.

Height: Her height is unknown.

Eye Color: She had brown eyes.

Hair Color: Similarly, the American actress has blonde hair.

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