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\u00a0on television in shows like \u201cMy Three Sons,\u201d \u201cGidget,\u201d and \u201cThe Monkees.\u201d She co-starred alongside Kurt Russell \u2014 and a chimpanzee\u00a0\u2014 in the 1971 Disney movie \u201cThe Barefoot Executive.\u201d But what\u00a0most fans will affectionately remember\u00a0her for is her thirty-year stint on "Scooby-Doo," performing the voice of\u00a0danger-prone Daphne Blake. North died Nov. 29 from a heart attack at her Los Angeles home. She was 71. Daphne\u2019s 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\u2019s roommate at the time. She recommended her friend to the show\u2019s 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\u00a0most 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 \u201cThe Carol Burnett Show.\u201d When that door closed, another opened \u2014 to the soap opera \u201cDays of Our Lives.\u201d Click to get weekly celebrity death news delivered to your inbox Her longtime friend Jodie Mann tells Legacy that, while appearing on "Days,"\u00a0North\u00a0met 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\u00a0was Daphne. It was fun and convenient:\u00a0She\u2019d 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\u00a0\u201cJeepers!\u201d could be heard cheering her son on at his basketball games. When she wasn\u2019t recording or homemaking, she was crafting or volunteering with her church.\u00a0Christmastime was a very special season for her:\u00a0\u201cShe spent months and months buying the perfect gift for each of her friends and family,\u201d Mann recalled. \u201cShe was a very, very generous human being.\u201d 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. \u201cShe would have been blown away,\u201d Mann said. \u201cShe was valuable to us, I just didn\u2019t know it would be that important to people in the community.\u201d 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. Leave condolences for Heather North in our Guest Book.