Clarice (pronounced kla-REES) was the tritagonist in the 1964 Rankin-Bass television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Like all the does in the special, Clarice is lighter in color than the bucks and is distinguished and recognized by the polka-dotted bow atop her head. Clarice was added to the storyline by producer Arthur Rankin, Jr. as a means of expanding the special beyond the confines of the original song.
Clarice is introduced at the start of the "reindeer games" scene as one of several does who are watching the proceedings. Clarice takes an interest in Rudolph who, on the advice of his new friend, Fireball, shyly walks over to Clarice to meet her. Rudolph, who is wearing a false nose to hide his own red nose, is having difficulty speaking. Clarice gently asks if Rudolph is having trouble with his nose. Before Rudolph leaves her side to participate in what was called "take-off practice," meant to determine the flying ability of the yearling bucks and right after Rudolph musters the courage to ask to walk her home, she tells him that she thinks he's cute. Rudolph is so smitten that he flies faster and farther than any of the other bucks. But after his actual nose is exposed, Rudolph is laughed out of the reindeer games by everyone except Clarice. She tries to cheer up the dejected Rudolph with one of the special's songs, "There's Always Tomorrow". As the two begin their walk home, they're intercepted by Clarice's father who forbids her from "being seen with a red-nosed reindeer." Heartbroken, Rudolph runs away from home.
Against her father's warning, Clarice, along with Rudolph's mother Mrs. Donner, goes off into the wilderness searching for Rudolph, only to get captured by the Abominable Snowmonster. Clarice appears later in the special as the Snowmonster's prisoner, along with Rudolph's parents, but Rudolph arrives to rescue them. The group return home where Clarice reunites with her father before watching Rudolph help guide Santa's sleigh through the storm.
Clarice makes a brief cameo during the flashback to Rudolph's youth at the beginning of Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July. Also, during Rudolph's song, "No Bed Of Roses", an autographed photo of Clarice is shown falling down from Rudolph's wall.
Clarice reappeared as a major character in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys, where she takes a significantly more prominent role than she did in the original special. One of this movie's sub-plots involves Clarice struggling to learn how to fly. Rudolph steps in and coaches her, accompanied by the song "Beyond the Stars". She also serves as moral support to Rudolph while he is deciding whether or not to have a nose job, stressing to him that she likes him just the way he is.
A character similar to Clarice, named Zoey, appears in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie. She was even originally intended to have the same name, but had to be changed for reason of rights issues.