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Clara Peller
Birth: Aug. 4, 1902, Russia
Death: Aug. 11, 1987
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Wendy's spokesperson, "Where's the Beef?" A retired Chicago manicurist, Peller would embody Andy Warhol's "15 minutes of fame" adage when she was plucked from obscurity to star in a commercial for the then struggling Wendy's fast food chain. In a 1983 commercial spot she visits the competition and after looking at the rather puny hamburger meat shouts (in a raspy voice) "Where's the Beef? The line became an overnight sensation and became an icon of 80s pop culture and made Peller a celebrity. It was so popular in fact that Walter Mondale adopted it for his campaign during the 1984 presidential race. Peller did several more spots for Wendy's before being fired for doing a commercial for a spaghetti sauce. (bio by: Savannah Mason) 
Family links: 
  Wolf Swerdlove (1865 - 1949)
  Yudis Tilkin Swerdlove (1869 - 1952)
  William Peller (1903 - 1980)
  Leslie N Peller (1928 - 1997)*
  Nathan Swerdlov (1889 - 1916)*
  Abe Swerdlove (1899 - 1952)*
  Jacob Swerdlove (1900 - 1952)*
  Clara Peller (1902 - 1987)
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Natural causes 

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Grandmother & Talented Actress

Exceptional Person - Missed By All
Waldheim Jewish Cemetery
Forest Park
Cook County
Illinois, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 41.86012, -87.81619
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Mar 28, 2001
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