Jean Vander Pyl (October 11, 1919 – April 10, 1999)
Jean Vander Pyl was an American radio,
TV and movie actress. She was born in Philadelphia and moved to L.A. in the mid 1930s.
She first appeared on radio in the 50s on the programs The Halls of Ivy and Father Knows Best. Her first husband, Carroll G. O’Meara, with whom she had three children, 2 boys and a girl, died February 18, 1962 at 53. She moved to TV on Leave it to Beaver, The Donna Reed Show, Father Knows Best, The Beverly Hillbillies, That Girl and Petticoat Junction.
Vander Pyl is best known for her work on The Flintstones where she voiced Wilma (then later Pebbles). She was paid $250 an episode. She also voiced many other Hanna-Barbera characters, including Rosie on The Jetsons. In 1994, when a live-action film version of The Flintstones was produced, Vander Pyl was cast as Mrs. Feldspar, an elderly woman in the conga line. When The Flintstones ended in 1966, instead of waiting for the residual checks, Vander Pyl took a lump sum of $15,000.
Vander Pyl had a second husband, Roger Wells DeWitt Jr. On April 10, 1999, at the age of 79, Vander Pyl died of lung cancer at her home in Dana Point, California. She was survived by her three sons. Her daughter, Tina, had passed away in the 1970s. Wilma Flintstone is engraved on her gravestone in Ascension Cemetery (in Lake Forest, California).