Ten Things About Her: Little Audrey

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1. Audrey first appeared in the “Noveltoon” Santa’s Surprise in 1947. Noveltoons were a series of cartoons produced by Paramount Pictures’ Famous Studios, and a number of the characters from those cartoons were later sold to the publisher Harvey Comics.

2. Little Audrey is considered to be a variation of Little Lulu, created by Paramount after the license to Marjorie Henderson Buell’s popular character was not renewed.

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3. Little Audrey was voiced in the cartoons by Mae Questel, also the voice of Olive Oyl. In 1948 Little Audrey had a cameo in the Popeye cartoon “Olive Oyl For President.”

4. Harvey Comics published the adventures of Little Audrey from 1952-1976, though St. John’s Publishing Co. produced 24 issues and one annual before that.

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5. According to Don Markstein’s Toonpedia, “Little Audrey” might have been the first integrated comic book series with no racial stereotypes, due to the inclusion of her African-American friend Tiny.

6. Audrey’s archrival was the unpleasant, prankish Melvin.

7. By 1960, Little Audrey was one of the most well-known of the Harvey Comics girls – until such characters as Little Lotta, Dot, and Wendy The Good Little Witch eclipsed her in popularity. Sometimes it just pays to have a gimmick!

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8. There is a folk-character named “Little Audrey” from the 1930s, the subject of many jokes; she is a little girl who can find the humor in any situation, often a catastrophe. The tagline for the folklore Little Audrey is: “she just laughed and laughed.”

9. Little Audrey made guest-appearances in the 1996 animated cartoon “The Richie Rich Show.”

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10. You can see a whole bunch of classic Little Audrey cartoons here for free – and legal!

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