By Lin Parkin
September 3, 2013
Just prior to The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors announcing that June Foray will receive the prestigious Governors Award, the "First Lady of Animation" talked with Chuck and Stacey J. of VO Buzz Weekly in a special two part episode.
June discusses her incredible career which has spanned over 60 years in the business. She has entertained and influenced the lives and careers of many both in the VO industry and outside the industry. In the first episode viewers are treated to a montage dating back to the 1950s to today of some of June's most cherished characters. As with many voice actors, June discusses how her start in the industry began in radio in her early teens and she talks briefly about the inspiration to write her autobiography titled "Did You Grow Up With Me Too?."
June also reminisces about her days teaching at USC, SC and Cal Arts and how she was instrumental in starting the ASIFA Hollywood, which introduced the world to the Annie Awards.
In episode two, Chuck and Stacey continue their talk with June about her incredible career and some of her most recent accomplishments, including winning a 2012 Emmy Award, and why, at 95 years old, she continues to work to this day.
June who was, and continues to be, one of the most influential women in voice overs, was often referred at the height of her career as "The female Mel Blanc." She was the first voice over actress to play roles of the opposite gender and has lent her voice to countless characters over her expansive career.
She is known for her roles as Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale on The Bullwinkle Show, Jokey Smurf on The Smurfs, and Nell Fenwick on The Dudley Do-Right Show. She was also the voice of Cindy Lou Who in the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and, from the original show to today's new episodes, she plays the voice of Granny, on The Looney Tunes Show.
She also did a great deal of work with Hanna-Barbera voicing characters for The Flintstones, Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, and The Jetsons. In more recent years she's been heard on The Family Guy, Adventure Time, and once on The Simpsons in the season-one episode "Some Enchanted Evening."
In that episode she guest starred as the receptionist for the Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper Babysitting Service because no one on the cast could quite get that tongue twister out without error. Try it, it's a tough one!
Click below to watch VO Buzz Weekly's special two-part episode with June Foray:
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