June Foray, the legendary voice talent also known as the “Cartoon Queen” has passed away at the age of 99. For the moment, the cause of her death has yet to be revealed. The voice actor’s passing away was confirmed Wednesday, with the event reportedly having occurred on the same day.
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June Foray Had a Decades Long Career
Foray had a very long and diverse career. Besides voice overs, she appeared in TV productions as well as live action movies. For example, she played the high priestess of a fire cult in the feature film Sabaka from 1954. Foray also had a cameo appearance in Boris & Natasha, the 1992 live action movie.
However, the actress may be best remembered for having lent her voice to many cartoon characters. She was the voice behind the “Rocky the Flying Squirrel” in the iconic Bullwinkle Show and Grammi Gummi from the Disney Adventures of the Gummi Bears. Other credits include Disney’s Cinderella, or Granny from the animated Sylvester & Tweety series, among many others.
June Foray was born June Lucille Forer in Springfield, Massachusetts, on September 18, 1917. She first forayed into radio at the age of 12, and at 17, moved to Los Angeles. She gained popularity and fame as a voice actor and collaborated with several big animation studios, such as Warner Brothers Cartoons.
Foray was reported as saying that she was performing grandmothers and witches even before reaching the age at which she could be a grandma herself.
On July 26, Dave Nimitz, who was a close friend of the late Foray, confirmed her having passed away through a Facebook post.
“With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old she is resting peacefully now with her beloved sister Geri and Sam her brother-in-law”.
A private ceremony, only for the family, will be held on Saturday, July 29. In September 2017, Foray would have turned 100.
With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old she is resting…
RIP, June Foray. The Queen of Voice Acting. A true legend. pic.twitter.com/4Val6UsHiI
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