Known for movies

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DiedDecember 9, 2004, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseJim Backus
FactSecond wife and widow of Jim Backus.

Henny Backus was born on December 10, 1917, in New York City, New York. Her parents were both vaudeville performers, and she made her stage debut at the age of three. She appeared in a number of Broadway shows as a child, including the Ziegfeld Follies and Earl Carroll’s Vanities. She also appeared in a number of films, including the Our Gang shorts and the Marx Brothers’ A Day at the Races (1937).

Backus’ career took off in the 1940s, when she began appearing in a number of popular radio programs, including The Jack Benny Program and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. She also appeared in a number of films, including It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948). In 1950, she married comedian Bob Hope, with whom she would appear in a number of films, including The Seven Little Foys (1954) and Call Me Bwana (1963).

Backus continued to work steadily throughout the 1960s and 1970s, appearing in such films as The Love Bug (1968) and The Muppet Movie (1979). She also made guest appearances on a number of television shows, including The Love Boat and Fantasy Island. She retired from acting in the early 1980s.

Backus passed away on February 22, 2007, at the age of 89. At the time of her death, she was survived by her husband, Bob Hope, and their four children.

General Info

Full NameHenny Backus
DiedDecember 9, 2004, Los Angeles, California, United States
ProfessionActor, Author, Showgirl


SpouseJim Backus


MoviesHello Down There
TV ShowsBlondie

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1Second wife and widow of Jim Backus.



The Love Boat1981TV SeriesMrs. Landers
Magic Carpet1972TV MovieEdna Benson
Emergency!1972TV SeriesGinger Merkl
Hello Down There1969Mrs. Webster
Blondie1968TV SeriesMrs. Cora Dithers Mrs. Dithers
Accidental Family1967TV SeriesAunt Helen
Gilligan's Island1965TV SeriesNative Mother
The Jim Backus Show1961TV SeriesHenrietta Updyke
Holiday for Lovers1959Connie McDougal
Playhouse 901958TV Series
The High Cost of Loving1958Mrs. Mason (uncredited)
The Great Man1956Mrs. Rieber
Meet Me in Las Vegas1956Bossy Wife
Blackboard Jungle1955Miss Brady (uncredited)
Mayor of the Town1954TV SeriesJane
Affair with a Stranger1953Lucy Lawson (uncredited)
Julius Caesar1953Citizen of Rome (uncredited)
Skirts Ahoy!1952Nurse (uncredited)


E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Tattletales1974TV SeriesHerself
Password All-Stars1973TV SeriesHerself
Mooch Goes to Hollywood1971TV MovieHerself (uncredited)
The Merv Griffin Show1969TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Don't Make Waves1967Herself (uncredited)
Girl Talk1967TV SeriesHerself
Talent Scouts1962TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself - Comedienne
This Is Your Life1958TV SeriesHerself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards1955TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Johnny Olsen's Rumpus Room1949TV SeriesHerself

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ET in TV Land2003TV Series documentaryHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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