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Creator / BJ Ward

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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 (this made her the stepmother of Gordon's daughter, actress Helen Hunt). 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.

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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.