Billie Hayes, the actor who portrayed Witchiepoo on NBC’s “H.R. Pufnstuf,” has died. She was 96.
Hayes’ dying was introduced on her official website.
Hayes is greatest recognized for her portrayal of the comical witch Witchiepoo on Sid and Marty Krofft’s show “H.R. Pufnstuf” from 1969 to 1970. From there, Hayes reappeared as Witchiepoo on “The Paul Lynde Halloween Special” and the sequence finale of “The Banana Splits Adventure Hour.” Hayes additionally appeared as a witch (*96*) a number of different reveals, together with “Bewitched,” “Weenie the Genie,” “The Monkees” and “Lidsville.”
Hayes can be well-known for her theater work, together with starring as Mammy Yokum (*96*) the unique 1956 Broadway manufacturing of “Li’l Abner,” in addition to the 1959 movie adaptation and a 1971 TV particular.
Born (*96*) DuQuoin, Illinois (*96*) 1925, Hayes began (*96*) the leisure enterprise on the younger age of 9 as a dancer, and continued to carry out as a young person (*96*) Chicago earlier than transferring to New York City. But Hayes’ appearing profession did not start till she went on a blind audition for theater legend J.J. Shubert.
“At an opportunity encounter (*96*) New York Billie was urged to go to an audition. She went not figuring out who or what she was auditioning for,” the assertion on Hayes’ web site reads. “Already a seasoned nightclub performer she danced and sang routines she had choreographed. In the darkish and in any other case empty theatre there have been just a few individuals seated. Billie first heard a chuckle then laughter. It was the legendary J.J. Shubert.”
From there, Hayes started working (*96*) theater, showing (*96*) the revue “What’s New With Paul Lynde” and (*96*) Leonard Sillman’s “New Faces.” After transferring to Los Angeles, Hayes started to pursue a profession (*96*) tv, resulting in her position (*96*) “H.R. Pufnstuf.” In the Nineteen Eighties, Hayes appeared on “General Hospital” as O’Reilly and pivoted extra to voice work, together with “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Johnny Bravo,” “The Batman,” “Rugrats” and “Shrek Forever After.”
Later (*96*) life, Hayes additionally turned the president of Pet Hope, a non-profit animal advocacy group devoted to discovering properties for deserted animals. Donations (*96*) her reminiscence may be made here.