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Henny Backus

Actress, Best Selling Author. Wife of actor Jim Backus. Best known for her role as 'Cora Dithers' in the 1968 sitcom "Blondie," which co-starred her husband. She also appeared with her husband in a second season episode of "Gilligan’s Island." The pair appeared in several films together including "Don’t Make Waves," "Hello Down There," "Meet Me In Las Vegas" and "The Great Man." Mrs. Backus made her Broadway debut under the name of Henrietta Kaye in the 1920s. She appeared uncredited as a teacher in the classic 1950s teen movie "The Blackboard Jungle." Jim and Henny wrote several books based on anecdotes of their 46-years together, including "What Are You Doing After the Orgy," "Only When I Laugh" and "Forgive Us Our Digressions." After her husband died of pneumonia in 1989, Backus wrote "Care for the Caretaker," which offered practical suggestions for people taking care of seriously ill relatives or friends.

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  • Added: 16 Dec 2004
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henny Backus (21 Mar 1911–9 Dec 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10128723, citing Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .