3. Say what? Rudolph’s a girl?

Speaking of the people behind the puppets, it might come as a surprise that Rudolph was voiced by a woman. Billie Mae Richards, then 43, was an actress and singer who had a knack for doing little-boy characterizations. Late in life, Richards became a neighbor of Soles at Toronto’s Performing Arts Lodge, a housing complex for showbiz vets. She died in 2010 at the age of 88.

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