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Henny Backus


American stage and television actress who appeared in Earl Carroll’s Vanities in Broadway through the 1930s. She produced an un-credited display screen appearance within the 1952 film Dresses Ahoy! She produced guest performances on such well-known tv series as Blondie, Gilligan’s Isle, and The Like Sail boat. She was wedded to television professional Jim Backus from 1943 to 1989. Both co-authored a funny book entitled ONLY ONCE I Have fun. She was the longtime wife of tv superstar Jim Backus .

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Full Name Henny Backus
Date Of Birth March 21, 1911
Died December 9, 2004, Los Angeles, California, United States, December 9, 2004, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Philadelphia, PA
Profession Stage Actress
Nationality American, American
Spouse Jim Backus, Jim Backus
Movies Hello Down There, Magic Carpet, Hello Down There, Magic Carpet
TV Shows Blondie, Blondie
Star Sign Aries

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1 Second wife and widow of Jim Backus.



The Love Boat 1981 TV Series Mrs. Landers
Magic Carpet 1972 TV Movie Edna Benson
Emergency! 1972 TV Series Ginger Merkl
Hello Down There 1969 Mrs. Webster
Blondie 1968 TV Series Mrs. Cora Dithers Mrs. Dithers
Accidental Family 1967 TV Series Aunt Helen
Gilligan's Island 1965 TV Series Native Mother
The Jim Backus Show 1961 TV Series Henrietta Updyke
Holiday for Lovers 1959 Connie McDougal
Playhouse 90 1958 TV Series
The High Cost of Loving 1958 Mrs. Mason (uncredited)
The Great Man 1956 Mrs. Rieber
Meet Me in Las Vegas 1956 Bossy Wife
Blackboard Jungle 1955 Miss Brady (uncredited)
Mayor of the Town 1954 TV Series Jane
Affair with a Stranger 1953 Lucy Lawson (uncredited)
Julius Caesar 1953 Citizen of Rome (uncredited)
Skirts Ahoy! 1952 Nurse (uncredited)



E! True Hollywood Story 1999 TV Series documentary Herself
Tattletales 1974 TV Series Herself
Password All-Stars 1973 TV Series Herself
Mooch Goes to Hollywood 1971 TV Movie Herself (uncredited)
The Merv Griffin Show 1969 TV Series Herself - Guest
Don't Make Waves 1967 Herself (uncredited)
Girl Talk 1967 TV Series Herself
Talent Scouts 1962 TV Series Herself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Herself - Comedienne
This Is Your Life 1958 TV Series Herself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards 1955 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
Johnny Olsen's Rumpus Room 1949 TV Series Herself

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ET in TV Land 2003 TV Series documentary Herself

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