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 Clara Peller

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Clara Peller

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.

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  • 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 .