Jean was the voice of Wilma
Flintstone (in the backseat, far right), and a few characters on
"The Jetsons" as well. Remember Rosie the Robot? Think:
Wilma Flintstone with a bad head cold.
I remember seeing a short interview with Jean
and the man who did the voice of Fred Flintstone (second from the
left). While not married (as far as I know), they looked like a
comfortable elderly couple, both quite unremarkable while simply
seated, but once they spoke, eerily familiar. These were the
people I listened to every lunch hour when I came home for lunch
in public school. To see them in "life" was like seeing
something you know you probably shouldn't see.
An obituary run by the BBC news reported that
when The Flintstones ended its run in 1966, Vander Pyl was
offered residuals or a lump-sum payment. She took the payment. I
think that ever since then, not a moment passes on Earth when an
episode of The Flintstones isn't playing. "If I got
residuals, I wouldn't live in San Clemente. I'd own San
Clemente," she would later say.
A silly conversation from the television show
-- "Betty or Wilma?"
-- "Betty. I'd go with Wilma. But I'd be
thinking of Betty."