Obituary: June Foray

Actress June Foray (b.1917) died on July 26, less than two months before her 100th birthday. Foray appeared in very few films, but she provided voicework for hundreds of projects. Some of her most famous work includes the voices of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Natasha Fatale, Witch Hazel, Nell Fenwick, Granny, Cindy Lou Who, and Chatty Cathy. In addition to her animation work, Foray’s voices could also be heard on numerous radio shows. Chuck Jones once stated, “June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc. Mel Blanc is the male June Foray.”

Foray Recognized

June Foray will receive the Governor’s Award from the The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors. The award, presented by the organization which presents the Emmys, will recognized Foray’s eighty year career in show business, for much of which she has been the pre-eminent female voice artist, providing voices for Rocket J. Squirrel, Natasha Fatale, Witch Hazel, Nell Fenwick, Grandma Fa (from Mulan), and many other cartoons. She will receive the award three days before her 96th birthday.

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Icon Award: June Foray

June Foray has been announced as the winner of this year’s Icon Award by Comic-Con. The Icon Award is presented to individuals who have been instrumental in bringing comics and/or the popular arts to a wider audience. Foray is a voice artist who has long worked in the field and may be best known for providing the voices of Rocket J. Squirrel, Natasha Fatale, Granny, and Witch Hazel, among many others. Beginning in the Tex Avery short Wacky Wildlife in 1940, Foray still works, currently voicing characters on The Garfield Show and The Looney Toons Show. She published her autobiography in 2009.