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 Clara Peller

Clara Peller

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 11 Aug 1987 (aged 85)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Forest Park, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 20975 · View Source
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Wendy's spokesperson, "Where's the Beef?" A retired Chicago manicurist, Peller would embody Andy Warhol's "15 minutes of fame" adage when she was plucked from obscurity to star in a commercial for the then struggling Wendy's fast food chain. In a 1983 commercial spot she visits the competition and after looking at the rather puny hamburger meat shouts (in a raspy voice) "Where's the Beef? The line became an overnight sensation and became an icon of 80s pop culture and made Peller a celebrity. It was so popular in fact that Walter Mondale adopted it for his campaign during the 1984 presidential race. Peller did several more spots for Wendy's before being fired for doing a commercial for a spaghetti sauce.

Bio by: Savannah Mason


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 28 Mar 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20975
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Clara Peller (4 Aug 1902–11 Aug 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20975, citing Waldheim Jewish Cemetery, Forest Park, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .