Jean Vander Pyl
Publicity photo of Jean Vander Pyl
Jean Thurston Vander Pyl

(1919-10-11)October 11, 1919
DiedApril 10, 1999(1999-04-10) (aged 79)
Other namesJean Vanderpyl
OccupationVoice actress
Years active1939–1997
Carroll G. O'Meara
(m. 1939; died 1962)
Roger Wells DeWitt
(m. 1963; died 1992)

Jean Thurston Vander Pyl (October 11, 1919 – April 10, 1999) was an American voice actress. Although her career spanned many decades, she is best known as the voice of Wilma Flintstone for the Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Flintstones.[1] In addition to Wilma Flintstone, she also provided the voices of Pebbles Flintstone; Rosie the robot maid on The Jetsons; Goldie, Lola Glamour, Nurse LaRue, and other characters in Top Cat; Winsome Witch on The Secret Squirrel Show; and Ogee on The Magilla Gorilla Show.[2]

Early life and career

Vander Pyl was born in Philadelphia to John Howard and Kathleen Hale Vander Pyl. Her grandfather had come from the Netherlands. Her father was the district manager for Knit Underwear; her mother was a Southerner from Tennessee.[3] The two died within six months of each other in the early 1950s.[4] By 1939, she was already working as a radio actress.[citation needed]

On radio, she was heard on such programs as The Halls of Ivy (1950–52) and on Father Knows Best during the early 1950s, where she portrayed Margaret Anderson; the role was played on television by Jane Wyatt. Her husband, Carroll G. O'Meara, was a graduate of Stanford University who worked as a copywriter at KHJ radio in the mid-1930s and later became an advertising executive.[5]

Vander Pyl made numerous TV appearances as an actress in programs such as Leave It to Beaver, The Donna Reed Show, Father Knows Best, The Beverly Hillbillies, That Girl, and Petticoat Junction. One of her final TV appearances was in the opening scene of the season-two Murder, She Wrote episode, "One Good Bid Deserves a Murder". Vander Pyl also had a cameo appearance in the 1994 live-action film version of The Flintstones as Mrs. Feldspar, an elderly woman in a conga line right behind Dino.

Voice work

Vander Pyl was the voice of Wilma Flintstone, her best-known character, in the original Flintstones series. She told an interviewer in 1995 that she received $250 per episode for making The Flintstones, and in 1966, when the series ended, she rushed to accept $15,000 in lieu of residual payments from syndication. The Flintstones ran in syndication across the globe for decades. At the time, Vander Pyl lived in San Clemente, California, and remarked: "If I got residuals, I wouldn't live in San Clemente. I'd own San Clemente."[6]

Most of her other voice acting work was also for the Hanna-Barbera studio, where she played her first voice role in 1958 on an episode of The Huckleberry Hound Show, voicing an actress in the Yogi Bear episode, "Show Biz Bear". She did additional voices, the Narrator and Southern belles and beautiful girls, on The Quick Draw McGraw Show, Snagglepuss, and The Yogi Bear Show. In 1961–62, Vander Pyl played Nurse Larue, Charlie the baby, Goldie, Lola Glamour, and additional voices on multiple episodes of Top Cat and in 1962, she did another memorable role, as Rosie, the Jetsons' robotic maid, and 23 years later in 1985 she reprised the character on the returning series.

Later, she did the voices of Maw Rugg and her daughter Floral Rugg on a rural cartoon, The Hillbilly Bears and Winsome Witch; both shows were part of The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show (1965–1967). Jean Vander Pyl was also the voice of Little Ogee on The Magilla Gorilla Show. In 1969, Vander Pyl guest-starred on the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "Foul Play in Funland", playing Sarah Jenkins.

In the 1970s, she was the voice of Marge Huddles, the main character's wife on Where's Huddles?, in which she played a role similar to that of Wilma Flintstone and was reunited with her Flintstones cast members Alan Reed and Mel Blanc. She went on to voice Mrs. Finkerton on Inch High, Private Eye, and several female characters on Hong Kong Phooey, The Tom and Jerry Show, and Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels.

In the 1980s and 1990s, she did voices on Mister T, Snorks, and Yogi's Treasure Hunt, and also on The Flintstone Kids as Mrs. Slaghoople. She mostly reprised Wilma Flintstone on spin-off series and films such as The Flintstone Comedy Hour, The New Fred and Barney Show, The Flintstone Comedy Show, The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, I Yabba-Dabba Do!, Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby, and A Flintstones Christmas Carol.

Her last roles were again as Wilma Flintstone on What a Cartoon! episode "Dino: Stay Out!" in 1995, A Flintstone Family Christmas in 1996 and on The Weird Al Show in 1997.

Personal life

Vander Pyl was married twice and was a widow twice over. She married Carroll G. O'Meara on March 9, 1939; together they had three children. O'Meara died on February 18, 1962, at the age of 53.[7] She then married her second husband Roger Wells DeWitt in 1963; the couple had one son. They remained married until DeWitt's death in 1992.[1]


On April 10, 1999, Vander Pyl, the last surviving original cast member of The Flintstones, died of lung cancer at her home in Dana Point, California, at the age of 79.[6] Vander Pyl was interred in Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, California.[8]





  1. ^ a b Mouchard, Andre (September 29, 1989). "Meet Jean Vander Pyl, the Real Voice Behind Wilma Flintstone". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  2. ^ "Jean Vander Pyl; Cartoon Voice of Wilma Flintstone". Los Angeles Times. April 15, 1999. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  3. ^ 1920 U.S Government Census
  4. ^ California death records, 1952-53
  5. ^ "Rosary Will Be Recited for Carroll G. O'Meara". Los Angeles Times. February 21, 1962.
  6. ^ a b "Jean Vander Pyl, 79, the Voice of Wilma on 'The Flintstones'". The New York Times. Reuters. April 15, 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Jean Vander Pyl". Archived 2018-12-19 at the Wayback Machine. [user-generated source]
  8. ^ Irving, Doug (November 7, 2008). "Jean Vander Pyl". Orange County Register. Irvine, Calif. Retrieved May 6, 2023.
Preceded byNone Voice of Wilma Flintstone 1959–1999 Succeeded byTress MacNeille