The name Hazel has become synonymous with a live-in maid who is more to her "family" than a housekeeper. This lovable character was created by Ted Key in 1943 and began appearing in the Saturday Evening Post. Before long, it had become the most successful magazine cartoon of that time, with more than 29 million faithful readers. Adding to "Hazel's" popularity was her international audience as well as a live-action TV series starring Shirley Booth as Hazel. After the Saturday Evening Post folded in 1969, the panel was immediately picked up for daily syndication by King Features.
Cartoonist Ted Key created Hazel, the irrepressible-but-wise domestic maid, in 1943. Generations of fans have followed her exploits in magazines, newspapers and television. Hazel made its debut in the legendary Saturday Evening Post, where it was the weekly magazine's principal feature for 26 years. Key continued to draw the panel while he served in the Army during World War II. Hazelmoved to newspapers in 1969.
Ted Key was born in 1912 in Fresno, Calif. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. Key was a writer during radio's Golden Age, and he created a segment of the "Rocky and Bullwinkle Show" called "Peabody and Shermanin" 1959.
The television series "Hazel," which starred Shirley Booth in the title role, ran from 1961 to 1966. Key wrote and illustrated more than 20 books, including 12 Hazelcompilations.
Ted passed away in 2008 at the age of 95.
As the Baxters' feisty live-in maid, Hazel's job may be serving the family, but what she dishes up best are quick-witted barbs, especially at the expense of the Baxters' guests! But her work is never done as she keeps the household shipshape, watching over the adults, two kids, pets and usually a houseful of the family's friends.
They may own the house, but even they know it is Hazel who runs it! Like their kids, they only have to catch one of her withering looks to know who's the boss.
The Baxters' son, Harold, and their adopted daughter, Katie, are the most popular kids on the block, thanks in large part to Hazel's knack for keeping them and their little friends amused.
Smiley, the kids' spoiled-rotten St. Bernard.
Mostly is resident feline and queen of all she surveys.