If you’re a fan of Frank’s RedHot Sauce (and maybe even if you’re not), chances are you’ve seen the commercials featuring the charming, little old lady.
Wearing thick glasses, pearls and other classic little old lady accessories, she turns to the camera and calmly says, “Frank’s RedHot Sauce – I put that s— on everything.”
The quirky ads have developed a cult following, with more than half a million views on YouTube. And among hot sauce lovers, the little old lady character – who goes by the name of Ethel Herman in the commercials – is much known and loved.
Well, it turns out that the sassy star lives right here in North Vancouver. Her real name is Jean Hamilton and she’s 89 years old, according to a great profile by Pete McMartin in the Vancouver Sun.
She was discovered in a local knitting shop, when a talent scout for Frank’s ad agency came in looking for little old ladies with attitude. Jean was a frequent customer of the shop, where she’d stock up on supplies for her home knitting business.
After a successful audition for the character of Ethel Herman, Jean’s career suddenly took a striking new direction.