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 June Foray

June Foray

Birth
Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 26 Jul 2017 (aged 99)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 181809555 · View Source
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American Voice Actress. Born June Lucille Forer, she will best be remembered for voicing Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha fame in the 1960s animated 'The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show’. She was also the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from 'Dudley Do-Right', Granny in the 'Tweety and Sylvester' cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in the animated 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas', among hundreds of others. By the time she was 12, she was doing vocal work on local radio shows in her hometown and continued working in radio after her family moved to Los Angeles. She had her own 'Lady Make Believe' radio show that showcased her vocal talents, and she appeared regularly on network shows such as 'Lux Radio Theater' and 'The Jimmy Durante Show'. She then worked on 'Smilin’ Ed’s Buster Brown Show' before working with Steve Allen on the radio show 'Smile Time'. Foray found work with Capitol Records, recording many children’s albums alongside Stan Freberg and Daws Butler, with whom she also recorded several comedy records. Later she was a regular cast member of 'The Stan Freberg Show' on CBS Radio. Foray got her start in the animation business in 1950 when the Walt Disney Studios hired her to voice Lucifer the cat in 'Cinderella’. Much of her work for Disney was uncredited, but she starred as the voice of Hazel the Witch in the 1952 Donald Duck short 'Trick or Treat'. She also worked on a series of cartoons by such animation pioneers as Tex Avery and Walter Lant. She voiced Granny in the 'Tweety and Sylvester' cartoons and Alice Crumden in 'The Honey-Mousers'. She worked with Chuck Jones, voicing several Looney Tunes cartoons, as well as Cindy Lou Who in his cartoon adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'. Her greatest fame came with Jay Ward’s 'Rocky and Bullwinkle Show', which ran from 1959 through 1964, doing most of the female voices for the show, including Russian villain Natasha Fatale. She also voiced characters for other Jay Ward cartoons, such as 'Dudley Do-Right', 'George of the Jungle' and 'Tom Slick'. In 1972, she came up with the idea for the Annie Awards, which started out as a dinner honoring the year’s best in animation and she presided over what has become a gala event in the animation industry every year since. In 1985, the Annies created a juried award named for her that honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the art and industry of animation, and she was its first recipient. Despite her prolific career, she had to wait until 2012 for an Emmy nomination, winning a Daytime Emmy for her performance as Mrs. Cauldron on Cartoon Network’s 'The Garfield Show', In 2013, she was the subject of a documentary 'The One and Only June Foray'.

Bio by: Louis du Mort


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  • Originally Created by: Louis du Mort
  • Added: 26 Jul 2017
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