Wednesday, September 22, 2010

RIP Bunny Summers

Bunny Summers – Passed away September 9, 2010, after a brief illness. Known to her colleagues in the entertainment industry and to her many fans as Bunny Summers, she was an accomplished character actress with a long and varied career in stage and screen. She appeared in several notable theater productions, including the Los Angeles premiere of John Cassavetes' "Love Streams" and the Southern California run of the musical "Minnie's Boys" in which she played the mother of the Marx Brothers.

She is also known to many television (and now YouTube) viewers as the singer of the happy cake-baking song from a popular episode of "Saved By the Bell," and enjoyed a cult following for her roles in "The Last Starfighter," "Re-Animator," "From Beyond" and "Big Top Pee-Wee." Born Bernice Siegel on February 23rd, 1924, in Brooklyn, New York, in the 1940's she made her way west with her soon-to-be husband Benjamin Sussman, USMC, veteran of the historic Peleliu conflict in the Pacific. After 58 years of marriage to his beloved Bunny, Ben passed away in 2003.

Bernice and Ben raised three daughters in the Los Angeles area and it was during this time that Bunny began her career as an actress, making ongoing contributions to print and television advertising in addition to her work for the screen. Continuing to work until shortly before her retirement to the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, Bunny Summers made many memorable appearances on network television, among them a recurring role on "Family Ties," and roles as an irreverent school principal on "Married With Children" and an obstreperous bus passenger on "Seinfeld." Bunny was a wildly joyful and energetic presence who enlivened every encounter with everyone she knew. She will be missed.

She is survived by sisters Rose Kapler of Los Angeles and Estelle El-Hai of Roseville; daughters Eileen Reis of Napa and Mindi White and Sandy Sussman of Los Angeles; grandchildren Kristal Sherman of Santa Monica, Max Reis of Los Angeles and Gabriel Reis of Napa, and great-grandchild Benjamin Sherman of Santa Monica.

SUMMERS, Bunny (Bernice Siegel)
Born: 2/23/1924, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 9/9/2010, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.

Bunny Summers' western – actress:
Laredo (TV) – 1967 (Amy Bergstrom)

1 comment:

  1. You were a wise and powerful sorceress, Bunny. The world is a less sexually appealing place without you