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Zazu Pitts (3 January 1894 - 7 June 1963) was a United States movie actress.


Zazu Pitts in 1923
Zazu Pitts was born in Parsons, Kansas and grew up in Santa Cruz, California. Her unusual first name was originally ZaSu, coined from parts of the names "Eliza" and "Susan", female relatives who both wanted Zazu's mother to name the child after them.

Pitts debuted in silent film in 1917, including a number of leading roles. Perhaps her most famous early role was in Erich von Stroheim[?]'s Greed (1925)

When Hollywood switched to talkies, Pitts, who had a distinctive nasal voice with a wavering vibrato, switched to comedy character actor roles.

When Mae Questel[?] was called on to create the screen voice of the character "Olive Oyl" for the Fleischer Studios animated cartoon version of the comic strip "Popeye", Questel created a caricature of Zazu Pitts' voice.

From the 1940s through the early 1960s Zazu Pitts also made numerous television appearances.

Zazu Pitts died of cancer in Hollywood, California at age 69. She was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City.



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