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

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Henriette Kaye in Orson Welles
Orson Welles
's surrealistic farce Horse Eats Hat (1936)

Henrietta Kaye was born in Brooklyn
Brooklyn
March 21, 1911. She studied sculpture at Cooper Union
Cooper Union
, but she preferred working in the theater and appeared in Broadway musicals during the 1930s. Working as Henriette Kaye, she was a member of the Federal Theatre Project
Federal Theatre Project
. Described by The New York Times
The New York Times
as "a leggy redhead with a droll sense of humor", she appeared in Orson Welles
Orson Welles
's Project 891 production Horse Eats Hat
Horse Eats Hat
(1936), a surrealistic farce co-starring Welles, Joseph Cotten , Hiram Sherman
Hiram Sherman
and Arlene Francis
Arlene Francis
. :182 Her husband, Nat Karson, designed the sets and costumes. :182

Kaye married actor and comedian Jim Backus
Jim Backus
in 1943. The couple co-starred in the 1960s television series Blondie , and they performed together once on Gilligan's Island, in the sitcom's second-season episode "Gilligan's Mother-In-Law" (1965). She appeared too with her husband in a season-five episode of The Love Boat
The Love Boat
.

Henny and Jim Backus
Jim Backus
co-authored several humorous books, including What Are You Doing After the Orgy? (1962), Only When I Laugh (1965), Backus Strikes Back (1984), and Forgive Us Our Digressions (1988). Henny also wrote Care for the Caretaker (1999), documenting her husband's battle with Parkinson\'s disease and offering practical solutions for those facing such dilemmas.

Jim Backus
Jim Backus
died from complications of pneumonia in 1989. Fifteen years later, Henny died at the age of 93 following a series of strokes. She was buried next to her husband in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
.

REFERENCES

* ^ A B C D Bayot, Jennifer (December 17, 2004). "Henny Backus, 93, an Actress and Author With Husband Jim, Dies". The New York Times
The New York Times
. Retrieved 2015-02-02. * ^ A B France, Richard , The Theatre of Orson Welles. Cranbury, New Jersey: Associated University Presses
Associated University Presses
, Inc. 1977 ISBN 0-8387-1972-4

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