Josie DeCarlo dies in her sleep at the age of 82

Josie DeCarlo passed away in her sleep at the age of 82.

In 1970, DeCarlo was the stimulus for singer-guitarist Josie McCoy in the cartoon series “Josie and the Pussy­cats,” made by Hanna-Barbera.

DeCarlo’s death was first reported by the blog Big Cartoon News. They quoted comic book and television writer Mark Evanier as stating “Josie was drawn to resem­ble her by her hus­band, comic book leg­end Dan DeCarlo, who died in 2001 at 82.”

Shortly after her husband’s death, Josie recalled how she became the inspiration for the cartoon.

“We went on a Caribbean cruise, and I had a costume for the cruise, and that’s the way it started,” Josie DeCarlo said of her cat suit. “The hairdo came after,” Josie DeCarlo said. “One day, I came in with a new hairdo with a lit­tle bow in my hair, and he said, ‘That’s it!'”

According to Evanier, Dan sketched his wife in the out­fit, and gave her first name to the “star” when he went shop­ping to sev­eral syn­di­cates for a pro­posed news­pa­per strip.

Josie Dumont met her hus­band on a blind date in Bel­gium, shortly after the Bat­tle of the Bulge; she spoke no English and he spoke lit­tle French.

“We com­mu­ni­cated with draw­ing, ” she said. “He would draw things for me to make me under­stand what he had in mind. He was really so amus­ing. Instead of just using words, he would use car­toons to express him­self. Right away, we knew that we were meant for each other.”

Funeral ser­vices will take place in Scars­dale, New York on Mon­day.

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