Heather North, Voice of Daphne on 'Scooby-Doo,' Dies at 71

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Heather North, the actress who voiced Scooby Doo character Daphne Blake for more than 40 years, has died. Family friend Jodie Mann told Deadline that North died November 30 at her Studio City home after a long illness.

North's other credits including starring opposite Kurt Russell in the 1971 Disney film The Barefoot Executive, as well as guest appearances on Days of Our Lives, Green Acres, and The Fugitive.

She was married to H. Wesley Kenney, the Emmy-winning producer of soap operas such as "The Young and the Restless" and "Days of Our Lives".

North began lending her voice to the character of Daphne Blake, one of two female sleuths of Mystery Incorporated in the Scooby-Doo series, in 1970. That was it for the 80s, but she was back again in the early 2000s, with Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire and Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico in 2003.

But it was as the voice of Daphne in the second season of the Saturday morning and after school classic that North made her mark as an actress. (1965) and I Love My Wife (1970); and on Broadway in the short-lived 1967 comedy The Girl in the Freudian Slip.

North is survived by her son, stepdaughter and stepson and granddaughter. A memorial service is planned for 11:30am local time on Wednesday December 20, at the First Christian Church in Studio City.

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