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Wendy's: 'Where's the beef' ad celebrates 30th anniversary

Wendy's family restaurants are celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of the most famous commercials of all times the "Where's the beef" ad first debuted on television on January 10, 1984, thirty years ago according to Fox News reports on January 9, 2014.

"Where's the beef?"
(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Wendy's)

The famous ad depicted three elderly women at another restaurant who were served a tiny burger on a giant bun with one lady asking the big question, "Where's the beef?"

The identity of that questioning elderly lady's name was Clara Peller.

Peller was a native of Chicago and stood the 4-foot-10-inches tall. When she was hired for the commercial Peller had worked as a manicurist for 35 years before being "discovered" in a local commercial at the age of 80.

Peller turned was 81-years old when the Wendy's commercial first hit the airwaves enjoying her immediately popularity, She appeared on numerous TV talk shows, made a cameo on "Saturday Night Live," and even served as a guest time-keeper for the battle royale at Wrestlemania 2.

Sadly, Clara Peller passed away at the age of 85 in 1987 an would have very much enjoyed her long running legacy, but her memory lives on in pop culture commercial; history and will through eternity.

The Wendy's "Where's the beef" ad became so popular that it there was a major merchandising frenzy taking place with marketers producing everything from T-shirts to bumper stickers using the phrase.

Do you remember the big Wendy's "Where's the beef" question phenomenon of the 80s?

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