Joan Gardner (voice actor)

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Joan Gardner
Born Christine Joan Gardner
(1926-11-16)November 16, 1926
Gold Coast, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died December 10, 1992(1992-12-10) (aged 66)
Encino, California, U.S.
Other names Joan Janis
Years active 1948-1989
Spouse(s) Edward Janis (?-1992) (her death)

Joan Gardner (November 16, 1926 – December 10, 1992) was an American actress who was most active in voice over roles. She was also a screenwriter, songwriter, author and composer.[1]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 16, 1926 to Jack "Jumbo" Gardner, a prominent jazz musician and Adelaide (Cline) Gardner.


She started her career on the stage. In 1948-1949, she wrote scripts for the television programs Pantomime Quiz and Time For Beany.[1]

Apart from writing scripts and books, Gardner also worked as a music composer for films. However, she was most active as an actress for radio and television animated series.

She voiced Spunky in The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole, Bonnie on the TV special Here Comes Peter Cottontail, played Josephine Bonaparte opposite Groucho Marx's Napoleon in the animated special The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians and Zazu the Fairy Godmother on Pound Puppies.

Personal life[edit]

She married producer Edward Janis, and wrote under the name Joan Janis.

Joan Gardner died on December 10, 1992 from cancer.[1]



  1. ^ a b c "Joan Gardner; Voice-Over Artist". Los Angeles Times. December 18, 1992. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 

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