Laverne Harding (October 10, 1905 - September 25, 1984) was an American artist and animator who worked on both cartoons and comic books for the Walter Lantz studio for much of her half-century career in animation. She was among the earliest woman animators.
Harding was a native of the state of Louisiana, and her family moved to Los Angeles in 1911 when she was 6. By 1932, Harding was a student at the Chouinard Art Institute, and a member of the Delta Kappa sorority. Her first foray into comics began soon after, when she created the Cynical Susie newspaper strip for United Feature Syndicate.  Working for the Lantz studio from 1934 until 1960, Harding was particularly noted for her work on Woody Woodpecker cartoons; she designed the version of the character that was in use from 1950 to 1999. In the 1950s, she worked on Walter Lantz property comics at Dell Publications. After leaving Lantz, she animated for Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as Yogi Bear. She later worked for DePatie-Freleng Enterprises on Pink Panther cartoons, and was briefly employed at Warner Bros. as well.
In 1980, she was awarded the Winsor McCay Lifetime Acheivement Award at the Annie Awards.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 IMDb profile. Retrieved March 12, 2007
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Bails Who's Who profile
- ↑ Winsor McCay Award, AnnieAwards.org
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