Actress Rhoda Williams died March 8 in Eugene, Ore. She was 75.
Starting in radio and moving to features, live TV and filmed TV, Williams was also a teacher of dialects and speech and active in the guilds and unions.
She began her acting career at age 5, when she and her family moved to Hollywood from Galveston, Texas.
Among her numerous roles in radio was as Robert Young’s oldest daughter, Betty, on NBC Radio’s “Father Knows Best.”
She also appeared in movies such as “National Velvet,” “Meet John Doe,” “That Hagen Girl” (starring Shirley Temple and Ronald Reagan), and “Mr. Belvedere Goes to College.”
In Walt Disney’s “Cinderella”, she was the voice of the nasty stepsister, Drizella.
On television, she appeared in “The Big Valley,” “Run for Your Life,” “Dragnet,” “Ironside,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Policewoman” and “Barnaby Jones.” She appeared on “Superior Court” and “General Hospital” and provided alien voices for “Star Trek IV” and “StarTrek V.”
She also taught at Cal State U. at Northridge and Estelle Harman’s Actor’s Workshop in Hollywood, and served on several boards and committees for AFTRA and SAG.
After moving to Oregon, she performed at local theaters in Eugene.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, David Van Meter, an ADR and sound effects editor; four children; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.