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Heather North
Heather North in Gidget 1965.jpg
North in Gidget in 1965
Heather May North

(1945-12-13)December 13, 1945
DiedNovember 29, 2017(2017-11-29) (aged 71)
Other namesHeather North Kenney
Years active1957–2003
(m. 1971; died 2015)

Heather May North (December 13, 1945 – November 29, 2017) was an American actress, best known for voicing Daphne Blake in the Scooby-Doo franchise.

Early years

North was born in Pasadena, California.[1]

Heather was close with actress and voice talent Nicole Jaffe, voice of Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo, before her retirement. The two were roommates in 1969 and Jaffe was the one who encouraged her to audition for Daphne Blake.


North made her acting debut at the age of 11.[2]

Her first film role was in Git! (1965).[1] She later guest starred on The Monkees and The Fugitive, both in 1966, and on Green Acres in 1968.

Though she appeared in several live action films and TV shows, such as Jennifer Scott alongside Kurt Russell in the Disney film The Barefoot Executive (1971) and as Sandy Horton on Days of Our Lives from 1967 until 1972, she is largely remembered for her portrayal of Daphne Blake in the Scooby-Doo franchise. She took over the role from Stefanianna Christopherson in the second season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and ultimately went on to voice the character in various installments of franchise for more than three decades.[3]

Personal life and death

North was married to H. Wesley Kenney, producer of the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives, from 1971 until his death in 2015.[4]

North died of bronchiolitis on November 29, 2017, at her home in Studio City, California, at the age of 71.[5][6]


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1963 My Three Sons Sally Episode: "Caged Fury"
1965 Karen Carla Episode: "Good Neighbor Policy"
1965 Mr. Novak Felicia Episode: "Faculty Follies: Part 2"
1965 Gidget Pokey Episode: "In God, and Nobody Else, We Trust"
1965 Paradise Bay Kitty Morgan Unknown episodes
1965 Git! Elaine Feature film
1967 The Fugitive Marie Diamond Episode "The Breaking of the Habit"
1967 The Monkees Wendy / Girl Episode: "The Prince and the Pauper"
1967 My Three Sons Gretchen Episode: "My Son, the Bullfighte"
1967–1972 Days of Our Lives Sandy Horton Unknown episodes
1969 Green Acres Kathy Baxter Episode: "Oliver's Schoolgirl Crush"
1970 Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Daphne Blake Voice, 8 episodes (season 2)
1970 I Love My Wife Betty Feature film
1971 Love, American Style Ellen Episode: "Love and the Only Child" segment
1971 The Barefoot Executive Jennifer Scott Feature film
1971 Ironside Lori Stockton Episode: "Lesson in Terror"
1971 Adam-12 Shirley Young Episode: "The Dinosaur"
1972 Ghost Story (aka Circle of Fear) Dana Evans Episode: Elegy for a Vampire
1972–1973 The New Scooby-Doo Movies Daphne Blake Voice, 24 episodes
1973 The Wonderful World of Disney Jennifer Scott Episodes: "The Barefoot Executive" (Parts 1 & 2)
1974 Doc Elliot Amy Oliver Episode: "The Carrier"
1976 The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour Daphne Blake Voice, 16 episodes (Scooby-Doo), 3 episodes (Dynomutt)
1976–1978 The Scooby-Doo Show Voice, 40 episodes:

16 episodes – as part of "The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour" (1976)
8 episodes – as part of "Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics" (1977)
16 episodes – as and part of "Scooby's All-Stars" (1978)

1977–1980 Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels Voice, 39 episodes
1978 Dynomutt, Dog Wonder Daphne Blake Voice, Episodes: "Everyone Hyde!", "What Now, Lowbrow?", "The Wizard of Ooze"
1979 Scooby Goes Hollywood Voice, Television special
1979–1980 Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Voice, 16 episodes
1983 The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show Voice, 13 episodes (26 segments)
1984 The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries Voice, 13 episodes (26 segments)
1985 The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo Voice, 13 episodes
1985–1986 Scooby's Mystery Funhouse Voice, 21 episodes (various segments: reruns of Scooby & Scrappy-Doo shorts)
1997 Johnny Bravo Voice, Episode: "Bravo Dooby Doo"
2003 Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire Voice, Direct-to-video film
2003 Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico Voice, Direct-to-video film; final film role


  1. ^ a b "Heather North, 70". Classic Images (512): 47. February 2018.
  2. ^
  3. ^ North, Heather; Jaffe, Nicole (2001). "In Their Own Words" (Interview). New York; Los Angeles, CA: Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. Documentary featurette from The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour: The Complete Series DVD bonus features.
  4. ^ "H. Wesley Kenney, Director on All in the Family When Carroll O'Connor Went on Strike, Dies at 89". The Hollywood Reporter. January 14, 2015. Archived from the original on December 23, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  5. ^ Barnes, Mike (December 19, 2017). "Heather North, Voice of Daphne on 'Scooby-Doo,' Dies at 71". The Hollywood Reporter. ISSN 0018-3660. Archived from the original on March 26, 2019. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "DAPHNE FROM 'SCOOBY-DOO' DEATH CERTIFICATE Died from Cardiac Arrest". TMZ. December 21, 2017. Archived from the original on May 19, 2019. Retrieved December 24, 2017.

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