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By United Press International  |  June 2, 2012 at 3:59 AM
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DICK BEALS: Dick Beals, known as the voice of Gumby and Speedy Alka-Seltzer, died at Vista Gardens Memory Care in Vista, Calif., his friend told the Los Angeles Times.

The Detroit native was 85.

"He was one of the great voice actors of all time," Ron Simon, curator of TV and radio at the Paley Center for Media, told the Times Wednesday, a day after Beals died. "He was one of those anonymous people who pioneered what animation would become today."

Beals suffered a glandular condition that prevented his voice from changing as an adult.

He started out acting in radio dramas such as "The Lone Ranger," "The Green Hornet," "Dragnet" and "Gunsmoke," and was a popular voice actor for commercials. He also was famous for lending his voice to Davey on the television series "Davey and Goliath."

"I'm the voice of little babies to 15-year-olds. In cartoons, I have also been the voice of all kinds of animals -- parrots, chipmunks, birds, rabbits, you name it," the Times quoted Beals as saying.

Beals worked as a motivational speaker later in life and published his autobiography "Think Big" in 1992.

He has no immediate survivors, the newspaper said.

PRINCE CHARLES: Britain's Prince Charles says he always remembers Queen Elizabeth II as "mama" -- even though she has worn a crown for most of his life.

The monarch is celebrating 60 years on the throne this year.

"I remember my mama coming, you know, up, when we were being bathed as children, wearing the crown," quoted Charles, 63, as saying about himself and sister Anne, 61, in the BBC's "A Jubilee Tribute to the Queen by the Prince of Wales" program, which aired Friday.

"The Diamond Jubilee gives us the chance to celebrate with pride all that the queen means to us -- whether as a nation or as one of her children," the prince said. "The fact that my mama has been a constant feature on the scene has provided that sense, I think, of continuity in a time of immense change over 60 years."

BAM MARGERA: Reality television star Bam Margera says he underwent a hernia operation shortly after taking a kayak over a 100-foot cliff in Oregon this week.

"Just did a 100ft tandem kayak jump with pro kayaker Steve Fisher in Oregon!" Margera, 32, said via Twitter Thursday.

E! said the "Jackass" troupe member tweeted one picture of himself jumping, and then another of him in a hospital bed after he underwent a hernia operation as a result of the drop.

'THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA:' U.S. author Lauren Weisberger is working on a sequel to her 2003 blockbuster novel, "The Devil Wears Prada," reported.

"Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns" is to be published next April.

The first book inspired the hit 2006 film of the same name starring Meryl Streep as Miranda, a demanding, successful editor of a New York fashion magazine, and Anne Hathaway as Andy, the young, recent college graduate and aspiring journalist who tries to meet her ridiculous expectations. Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci played Andy's equally talented, but poorly treated co-workers.

"Revenge Wears Prada" finds Andy editing The Plunge, a popular bridal magazine, eight years after the events of the first book, said.

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