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B. J. Ward
Ward in 2018
Betty Jean Ward

(1944-09-12) September 12, 1944 (age 79)
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1960–present
AgentSBV Talent Agency
  • (m. 1966; div. 1978)
  • (m. 1995; died 2016)

Betty Jean Ward[1] (born September 12, 1944)[2] is an American actress. She is the creator and the star of Stand-Up Opera, a musical one-woman show.

Personal life

Ward was first married to Donald Trenner in 1966, they divorced in 1978,[1] She was later married to director Gordon Hunt from 1995 until his death in 2016.[3]


Early career

She made her debut on the stage in 1960, in the original off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, where she was an understudy for the role of Luisa/the Girl. B.J. Ward had gotten the part by calling the producer of the show.[1]

She toured with the Groundlings for a short while before starting her own voice over career starting with Hanna-Barbera's Jana of the Jungle in 1978.[4]

Singing career

Ward also worked as a singer. She is well known for her acclaimed one-woman show, "Stand-Up Opera", which became a massive success with critics and audiences alike.[5] She has released seven albums throughout her singing career.

Though Ward is best known as a voice actress, she has also appeared on television. In 1985, she made a rare film appearance in the TV movie Malice in Wonderland alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Alexander. She has guest-starred on television series such as Frasier, ER, and In-Laws.

Ward has also done voices for video games and for theme parks, including:




Video games



  1. ^ a b c d Don Heckman (March 13, 1987). "B.J. Ward: She Talks A Good Show". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes: Movies | TV Shows | Movie Trailers | Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on May 9, 2022.
  3. ^ Steve Marble (December 20, 2016). "Gordon Hunt, director, voice actor and father of Helen Hunt, dies at 87". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "BJ Ward". Retrieved October 7, 2023.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Music". Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "BJ Ward (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved April 30, 2021. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.((cite web)): CS1 maint: postscript (link)