Betty Jean Ward (born September 16, 1944 in Wilmington, Delaware) is a prolific voice actress, singer, former Playboy Bunny
(yes, really), and licensed aviator. She is best known for her work on Jana of the Jungle
and her one-woman stage show, Stand-Up Opera
. Her second husband, Gordon Hunt, was a voice recording director for Hanna-Barbera
. Fans of 1980s cartoons remember her as Scarlett in the original series of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
, one of a handful of shows that juxtaposed her with Michael Bell
Tropes associated with B.J. Ward:
- Cross-Dressing Voices: She did voices for Butch and Waldo in Hanna-Barbera's animated version of The Little Rascals.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": She'd rather go by her initials than by Betty Jean.
- Method Acting: She is a rare voice acting example. During her stint as the voice of Velma in Scooby-Doo, she would wear turtleneck sweaters and glasses to the recording sessions to help get into character.
- Playboy Bunny: She worked as one in the 1960s.
- Relationship Voice Actor: She was often cast opposite Michael Bell during her career, like romantic couples such as Bruce Banner and Betty Ross in The Incredible Hulk and Duke and Scarlett in G.I. Joe.