Wednesday, August 2, 2017

June Foray: Seldom Seen, Often Heard, Forever Missed

June Foray and the many characters she has played.
(Left) June Foray at the 41st Annual Annie Awards (Flicker), Rocky the Flying Squirrel
(Jay Ward), Granny (Warner Bros.), Squaw (Disney), Lucifer (Disney), Witch Hazel
(Warner Bros.) and Natasha Fatale (Jay Ward)
While celebrities voicing animated characters are a dime a dozen, nobody can match the talents of famous voice talent artists like Mel Blanc, Clarence Nash, Thurl Ravenscroft and even Robin Williams. Unfortunately, we lost another voice talent recently: June Foray. While you didn’t see the actress much, you are well aware of the many characters she has voiced over the years.

Foray passed away on July 26, 2017, two months before she would have turned 100 years old. Foray began her long career starting with radio work when she was just 12-years-old. During the late 1930's, Foray starred in her own radio series, Lady Make Believe which help to launch her into making appearances on many other radio shows at the time. In the 1940’s, more than just her voice appeared in a few movies, but by then, her work as a voice artist really took hold.

Foray is known mostly for the different characters she has played for Disney, Warner Bros., Jay Ward and Water Lantz among others. For Disney, you may remember her for playing Lucifer the Cat in Cinderella, Squaw in Peter Pan, Witch Hazel in the Donald Duck cartoon, Treat or Treat and even Grandmotehr Fa in Mulan.

For Walter Lantz, Foray played numerous voices for the Woody Woodpecker cartoons including Woody’s niece and nephew, Splinter and Konthead. Warner Bros. hired her to play another Witch Hazel for a few Bugs Bunny cartoons and later took over the role of Granny from former voice artist Bea Benaderet. She worked a lot with Mel Blanc who voiced most Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird and others. She also voiced the Chuck Jone’s Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and a similar voice for the scary Talky Tina doll in an episode of The Twilight Zone.

Of course, most people know Foray for playing the voice Rocky the Flying Squirrel on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show where she also played Natasha Fatale and Nell Fenwick. Foray continued to play the Warner Bros. and Jay Ward characters to as late as 2014 with her last works being the The Looney Tunes Show and another Rocky and Bullwinkle theatrical short.

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