Berner, Sara

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on January 30, 2004

    Radio actress of the 1930s and 1940s. Berner played various characters on the Jack Benny radio program including Gertrude Gearshift, one of the telephone operators at NBC, and Benny’s erstwhile girlfriend Gladys Zybisco. Berner also did cartoon work. Hames Ware in Animato! #28 notes that Berner was credited by Walter Lantz as one of the voices of Andy Panda.

    The best known role of Berner at Warner’s would be as the Yiddishe-Mama mother of Beaky Buzzard. Berner may also have provided the voice of Sniffles at one point or another. She has been identified by Keith Scott as being the voice of Katharine Hepburn in cartoons like Daffy Duck in Hollywood (Avery, 1938) and Dangerous Dan McFoo (Avery, 1939). Scott also credits her as the voices of the Garbo and Lamour caricatures in Hollywood Steps Out (Avery, 1941).


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