bgcolour = silver
name = Grace Stafford
birthdate = birth date|1903|11|7|mf=y
New York City, New York
deathdate = death date and age|1992|3|17|1903|11|7
Los Angeles, California
yearsactive = 1935 – 1992
Grace Stafford Lantz (
November 7, 1903– March 17 1992), was an American actress, the wife of animationproducer Walter Lantz. She was usually professionally billed under her maiden name.
Stafford is best known for providing the voice of Lantz's most famous character,
Woody Woodpecker, from 1950 until 1990. It was not until 1958, with the cartoon " Misguided Missile", that she received credit as the voice of the cartoon character however, as Stafford believed that children would be disillusioned if they knew Woody was voiced by a woman.
Despite the appearance of
nepotism, Walter Lantz insisted to interviewers that his wife had submitted her audition tape for the role anonymously, and was cast before he realized who she was.
In addition she also played small parts in films such as "
Margie" and "Doc Savage" throughout her life. She died in 1992 at the age of 88, from cancerin Los Angeles.
* "" (1975)
You're Telling Me" (1942)
Larceny, Inc." (1942)
Dr. Kildare's Victory" (1942)
Unfinished Business" (1941)
Blossoms In the Dust" (1941)
Affectionately Yours" (1941)
Model Wife" (1941)
Santa Fe Trail" (1940)
A Dispatch from Reuter's" (1940)
I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby" (1940)
La Conga Nights" (1940)
Flight Angels" (1940)
Blondie Brings Up Baby" (1939)
Indianapolis Speedway" (1939)
The Greener Hills" (1939)
Confessions of a Nazi Spy" (1939)
The Man Who Dared" (1939)
Anthony Adverse" (1936)
I Married a Doctor" (1936)
Dr. Socrates" (1935)
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