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Billie Hayes (1924–2021), played Witchiepoo on “H.R. Pufnstuf”

Billie Hayes was an actress best known for playing Witchiepoo, the villain of the cult classic children’s show “H.R.

Pufnstuf.”Hayes’ Witchiepoo became one of the most beloved villains of children’s TV as she rode her Vroom Broom around Living Island and tried to steal Freddy the Flute.

She played Witchiepoo again in the movie “Pufnstuf.” Before her role on 1969’s “H.R. Pufnstuf,” Hayes had a successful Broadway career, including playing Mammy Yokum in the musical “Lil Abner.” She reprised the role for the 1959 movie adaptation and 1971 TV special.

Hayes toured with the national company for “Hello Dolly” in 1966. She made TV appearances on shows including “General Hospital,” “The Monkees,” and “Murder, She Wrote.” Hayes also did voice work.

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