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Joan Gerber in 1973

Joan Gerber (1935-2011) was a veteran voice actress who provided several animated character voices in the early seasons of Sesame Street, notably as Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes and in such inserts as one in which four people cooperate to build a table.

Active since the 1960s, Gerber was a regular on Roger Ramjet, as Dee, Lotta Love, and all other genuine female voices (working with Gary Owens, Bob Arbogast, Jim Thurman, David Ketchum, and Gene Moss). Working with the same crew, she played Bonnie Parker in the comedy album The Funny Side of Bonnie and Clyde. On radio, she was the voice of "The Story Lady" in a 1968 series of two-minute shorts syndicated by Mel Blanc Superfun Productions.

Gerber contributed to the DePatie-Freleng theatrical shorts and TV series in the late 1960s and 1970s, including Granny in the late-era Daffy Duck short Corn on the Cop (1965), several installments of The Inspector and Hoot Kloot, The Houndcats, The Barkleys (as Agnes Barkley), and The Oddball Couple (as Goldie).

For Hanna-Barbera, Gerber voiced the animated Shirley Partridge on The Partridge Family 2200 AD, Mrs. Zuckerman and others in Charlotte's Web, and Irona on Richie Rich, to name a few. Later credits include housekeeper Mrs. Beakley on DuckTales, Gotcha Grabmore on Tiny Toon Adventures, and guest roles on The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries and Duck Dodgers. She was also prolific in the live-action series of Sid and Marty Krofft, as Freddy the Flute and all female voices on H.R. Pufnstuf, Gina Lollowattage and others on The Bugaloos, and various hats on Lidsville. On the all-primate live-action show Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp, she dubbed Mata Hairi, Dragon Woman, and the Duchess.

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