Clara Peller (born August 4, 1902 in Chicago, Illinois - died August 11, 1987 in Chicago, Illinois), was an American character actress who, at the age of 81, starred in the legendary 1984 "Where's the beef?" advertising campaign for the Wendy's fast-food restaurant chain. Peller's "Where's the beef" line became an instant catchphrase, with even presidential candidate Walter Mondale using it.
Popular belief is that she lost her role with Wendy's after she appeared in a dog food ad, proudly proclaiming "I found the beef!" The actual reason for her termination from Wendy's was an ad for Prego spaghetti sauce in 1985 in which she exclaimed "I found it!" and "I finally found it!", in reference to "Where's the beef?"
On April 14, 1984, Peller made an uncredited cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live which was guest hosted that night by 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern. She also made an appearance in the low-rated, low-budget 1985 Neal Israel...
Moving Violations is a 1985 comedy film, starring John Murray, Jennifer Tilly, Brian Backer, Sally Kellerman, and Clara Peller, directed by Neal Israel.A group of careless and unlucky drivers are sentenced to attend a traffic school to keep their records clean. Mistreated by inept and cruel police instructors, Dana Cannon leads the group in revenge against their tormentors.... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089629