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.[1]

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. [2] Working for the Lantz studio from 1934 until 1960,[1] 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.[2] After leaving Lantz, she animated for Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as Yogi Bear.[1] She later worked for DePatie-Freleng Enterprises on Pink Panther cartoons, and was briefly employed at Warner Bros. as well.[1]

In 1980, she was awarded the Winsor McCay Lifetime Acheivement Award at the Annie Awards.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 IMDb profile. Retrieved March 12, 2007
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bails Who's Who profile
  3. Winsor McCay Award,
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