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Kimothy 09-15-2010 10:17 AM

Voice of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has died

Billie Mae Richards passed away last Friday at the age of 88. What a great legacy!! R.I.P. :sad:

starandstable 09-15-2010 10:42 AM

You will be missed.

XmasDreams 09-15-2010 12:20 PM

This is very sad and i am copy a quote from Rick Goldschmidt, if your not familer with him he is the Rankin/Bass Historian and has written a few books on the history of Rankin and Bass

It is a very sad day in THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS...actress Billie Mae Richards passed away today at age 88 (She would have been 89 in November). I just got off the phone with her daughter, Cyndi Richards-Jamieson, and she said she passed this morning quietly in her sleep. It was peaceful and at home. I did many radio show appearances with my friend Billie Mae over the years and she sounded as youthful as when she did the voice of RUDOLPH in 1964. She always sang a few bars of "We're a couple of misfits." Our last show together was in 2009 and we were planning a possible appearance at a Canadian film festival this Christmas. She was a wonderful person and will always be remembered for the life she breathed into RUDOLPH! Besides doing the voice of RUDOLPH, she did many other RANKIN/BASS voices including Bobby Bond (THE KING KONG SHOW), Willy McBean (RANKIN/BASS' WILLY McBEAN & HIS MAGIC MACHINE), many voices in RANKIN/BASS' FESTIVAL OF FAMILY CLASSICS and so much more. She was one of a kind!

Christmas-A-Holic 09-15-2010 12:23 PM

Aww.. RIP

MerryCarey 09-15-2010 12:24 PM

That's sad news, but thank you for sharing it. I hadn't heard before I read it here.

Bless you, Miss Richards. :rudolph:

Courtney 09-15-2010 12:28 PM

Aww, how sad! Another piece of Christmas history has passed on. She left a great legacy behind and over the years many more children will be introduced to the fabulousness that is Rudolph.

One Spoiled Brat 09-15-2010 12:50 PM

Sad indeed....Thank you for sharing....:rudolph:

caninemom3 09-15-2010 12:51 PM

Miss Richards....RIP. Because of you Christmas is that much more special.

made582 09-15-2010 02:27 PM

My prayers go out to her family and friends.

Mumof2 09-15-2010 04:50 PM

Aw,So sad.

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