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Grace Stafford

American actress
The basics
Occupation Actor
Country United States of America
Date of birth New York City
Date of death Mar 17, 1992 Burbank
Spouse: Tom Keene Walter Lantz
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Gracie Lantz (born Grace Boyle, November 7, 1903 – March 17, 1992), also known by her stage name Grace Stafford, was an American actress and the wife of animation producer Walter Lantz. Stafford is best known for providing the voice of Woody Woodpecker from 1950 to 1972.


Grace appeared in feature live action films from 1935, Dr. Socrates, to 1975, Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze. Some of her more notable roles were in the films Anthony Adverse and Blossoms In the Dust.

Stafford provided the character voice of Woody Woodpecker from 1950 to 1990, but she asked not to be credited in that role until the cartoon Misguided Missile (1958). She believed that audiences both young and old would be "disillusioned" if they knew Woody was voiced by a woman. Walter Lantz always insisted that his wife had submitted her audition tape for the role anonymously, and was cast before he knew it was her voice. Stafford appeared on an episode of What's My Line? on November 10, 1963.


Gracie Lantz died of spinal cancer on March 17, 1992, at the age of 88.

Live-action filmography

  • Dr. Socrates (1935)
  • I Married a Doctor (1936)
  • Anthony Adverse (1936)
  • The Man Who Dared (1939)
  • Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)
  • The Greener Hills (1939)
  • Indianapolis Speedway (1939)
  • Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939)
  • Flight Angels (1940)
  • La Conga Nights (1940)
  • I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby (1940)
  • Margie (1940)
  • A Dispatch from Reuter's (1940)
  • Santa Fe Trail (1940)
  • Model Wife (1941)
  • Affectionately Yours (1941)
  • Blossoms In the Dust (1941)
  • Unfinished Business (1941)
  • Dr. Kildare's Victory (1942)
  • Larceny, Inc. (1942)
  • You're Telling Me (1942)
  • Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)

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