Nature - Dena Dietrich starred as the forest matron, Mother Nature in a
series of successful 30-second commercials for Chiffon Margarine (1971-79).
Dressed in a gown of white and adorned with a crown of daisies, Mother nature
addresses an unseen narrator who informs her "That's Chiffon Margarine, not
butter." A perplexed Mother Nature replies "Margarine, oh, no, it's too sweet,
too creamy." When the narrator tells her "Chiffon's so delicious, I guess it
fooled even you, Mother Nature," the perturbed woodland goddess lets loose
lightning and thunder to express her anger. Her trademark catchphrase was "It's
not nice to fool Mother Nature!" The melodic tagline for the ad reads: "If you
think it's butter and it's not...it's Chiffon." And this was years before Fabio
and a product called "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter."
TRIVIA NOTE: Introduced in 1962 by Anderson
Clayton and Co., Chiffon margarine was the first soft tub margarine sold in a
table service plastic container.
Dena Dietrich (a.k.a. "Mother Nature"} was born on December 4, 1928 in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a veteran voice-over performer, Broadway
actress and TV series actor seen on such series as ADAMS RIB, ALL MY CHILDREN,
BOY MEETS WORLD, MAD ABOUT YOU, MURPHY BROWN, and THE ROPERS.
In 2005, the Rain-X® Company, which makes windshield and car finish products
created a commercial featuring Mother Nature. In their ad spot, an attractive
female carrying a long wooden staff and dressed in a flowing gown approaches a
blue car parked in a suburban driveway. Suddenly, Mother Nature raises her staff
and begins to hit the car violently. After repeated attempts to damage the car,
she cries in frustration and whacks the surface of the car even harder - but
with no effect. The tagline spoken by an unseen announcer proclaims: "Mother
Nature can be harsh on your car." The point of the ad: Buy Rain-X®.