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Henrietta Backus (Kaye)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Died in Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of death: complications of strokes,
Place of Burial: Los Angeles, California, USA
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Wife of Jim Backus

Occupation: Stage actress
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About Henny Backus

Henny Backus (March 21, 1911 – December 9, 2004) was a Broadway showgirl in the 1930s whose stage credits include Orson Welles's Horse Eats Hat. She was the wife of actor and comedian Jim.

Henny Backus was a Broadway showgirl in the 1930s, where she performed with Earl Carroll's Vanities.

Born Henrietta Kaye in Philadelphia, she was the wife of actor and comedian Jim Backus.

Henny co-starred with her husband in the 1960s television film, "Blondie," and appeared alongside her husband in the tv sitcom, Gilligan's Island, the episode was entitled, "Gilligan's Mother-In-Law", Season 2, Episode 1, 1965. She and her husband also co-wrote several humorous books, including Only When I Laugh. Henny wrote Care for the Caretaker, documenting her husband's battle with Parkinson's Disease and offering practical solutions for those facing such dilemmas.

In 1989, Jim Backus died from complications of pneumonia. Upon her own death following a series of strokes in 2004 at age 93, Henny was buried next to her husband in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

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Henny Backus's Timeline

March 21, 1911
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
December 9, 2004
Age 93
Los Angeles, California, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA