YOU KNEW THE CARTOON CHARACTERS BUT PROBABLY NOT THE VOICE

June Foray. Dead at 99.

The premiere voice artist of classic female cartoon characters, June Foray, passed away Wednesday. A partial remembrance of her long career can be found at Mark Evanier’s blog.

She was, of course, the premier female voice talent of her era. I don’t know who the runner-up was but whoever it was, she was in a distant second in terms of hours logged voicing cartoons and commercials, dubbing movies, doing narration, appearing on radio shows and records…even providing the voice for talking dolls. A few years ago when Earl Kress and I assisted her with her autobiography, we foolishly thought we could whip up a near-complete list of everything she’d done. Not in this world possible. I know more of June’s credits than most people and I’d be surprised if I know 10% of it.

She was Rocky the Flying Squirrel. She was Natasha Fatale. She was Nell Fenwick. She was Jokey Smurf. She was Cindy Lou Who. She was Granny, owner of Tweety. She was Witch Hazel. She was Chatty Cathy. She was thousands of others.

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2 Responses to YOU KNEW THE CARTOON CHARACTERS BUT PROBABLY NOT THE VOICE

  1. B Woodman says:

    Can you imagine if June Foray and Mel Blanc had a child?……..the imagination staggers.

  2. Jeffrey says:

    I remember her from The Inspector.

    I was surprised to learn that the voices of The Inspector and of Deux-Deux were both performed by Pat Harrington, Jr., who played Schneider on One Day at a Time. The roles are incongruous, which I suppose is the mark of a good actor.

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