Heather-North-Obituary

Heather North

Age 71

Obituary

Heather North first entered show biz as a child in the 1950s, singing and competing in pageants. As a young adult in the 1960s, she began appearing on television in shows like “My Three Sons,” “Gidget,” and “The Monkees.” She co-starred alongside Kurt Russell — and a chimpanzee — in the 1971 Disney movie “The Barefoot Executive.” But what most fans will affectionately remember her for is her thirty-year stint on "Scooby-Doo," performing the voice of danger-prone Daphne Blake.

North died Nov. 29 from a heart attack at her Los Angeles home. She was 71.

Daphne’s original voice, Stefanianna Christopherson, left the show after its first season in 1969 to get married. Nicole Jaffe, who voiced the character Velma, was North’s roommate at the time. She recommended her friend to the show’s producers; North auditioned, and the part became hers.

It was a gig that, for decades, would mesh perfectly with what would turn out to be the role North personally found most fulfilling: being a wife and mother.

Her life could have taken a very different turn. In 1967, she was under consideration for the part that Vicki Lawrence eventually got on “The Carol Burnett Show.” When that door closed, another opened — to the soap opera “Days of Our Lives.”

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Her longtime friend Jodie Mann tells Legacy.com that, while appearing on "Days," North met veteran TV producer H. Wesley Kenney. They fell in love, and they married in 1971. After getting married, North realized she was losing her passion for acting, and retired from most of show business.

The one job she kept was Daphne. It was fun and convenient: She’d walk 10 minutes to the nearby studio, solve a mystery with the Scooby gang, and be home in time to pick her son up from school. The same voice that entertained millions of children with exclamations of “Jeepers!” could be heard cheering her son on at his basketball games.

When she wasn’t recording or homemaking, she was crafting or volunteering with her church. Christmastime was a very special season for her: “She spent months and months buying the perfect gift for each of her friends and family,” Mann recalled. “She was a very, very generous human being.”

North would also take time to respond to fans who sent her mail, sending them signed publicity photos with Daphne and Scooby on her shoulders.

This bond with her fans became even more appreciated when she grew ill later in life, and her health deteriorated. North was amazed that she continued to receive fan mail more than a decade after her final 2003 performance as Daphne. And following her death, her family and close friends were stunned by the extent of the media coverage, as national outlets ranging from the Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly to CBS and the Huffington Post reported the news.

“She would have been blown away,” Mann said. “She was valuable to us, I just didn’t know it would be that important to people in the community.”

Heather North was preceded in death by her husband, H. Wesley Kenney, and her step-daughter, Kara. She is survived by her son Kevin, granddaughter Jocelyn, stepson Wesley III, stepdaughter Nina, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Written by John Maxwell | Legacy.com

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To the family,
Often we do not know the lives of celebrities. It's refeeshing to see and know how kind of a person Mrs. North was. May her goodness live on as a wonderful example. Though losing your mom and wife and dear friend may bring overwhelming sadness please take comfort in the thoughts and love of others.
May your mourning soon be overshadowed with hope and strength giving joy. Matthews reminded us, "happy are those who mourn, since they will be comforted,"-...

Ms. North. Thank you for the fun memorable moments while I was growing up. Scooby Doo was my favorite show to watch!!! RIP, you will always be in our hearts!

To ALL who wrote a message here THANK YOU! She is and will be missed everyday, but it brings comfort to come to this page and see all your notes. God Bless you all.

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

TO THE FAMILY OF HEATHER NORTH;


MY HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY FOR YOUR LOSS. MS. NORTH WAS A WIFE, MOTHER AND NO DOUBT A GOOD FRIEND TO ALL WHO KNEW HER. IT SEEMS SO UNFAIR THAT DEATH SHOULD HAVE THE POWER TO TAKE AWAY SOMEONE YOU LOVE. AND WHEN IT HAPPENS, THE THOUGHT OF NEVER AGAIN BEING ABLE TO TALK TO, LAUGH WITH OR SIMPLY HOLD THEIR HAND CAN BE MOST DIFFICULT TO BEAR.

MAY YOU ALWAYS KEEP TREASURED MEMORIES OF MS. NORTH IN YOUR HEART. AND MAY YOU...

My condolences goes to the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Mrs. North. Scooby-Doo was one of my favorite cartoon growing up. I never knew Mrs. North voiced Daphne, that's really cool! Although a little over a month has passed, I hope that each of you in the family is able to attain peace and comfort from the reliance and love of one another and most importantly, our Heavenly Father.

With deepest sympathy on loss of your love one.
May it bring hope in knowing that God cares for you and he will bring pain and suffering to an end under his rightous government.

I remember Heather from her time on Days. She was so cute and I loved seeing her everyday for as long as she was on there. My prayers are with her family and friends she left behind. She will be forever in our hearts.❤