1952 publicity photo of June Foray
|Born||June Lucille Forer
September 18, 1917
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Residence||Woodland Hills, California|
|Education||Classical High School|
|Notable work||Lucifer, Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Cindy Lou Who, Witch Hazel, Granny, Jokey Smurf, Natasha Fatale, Nell Fenwick, Magica De Spell among others|
Board member of
(1954–1976; his death)
1996 and 1997 Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production
Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries
June Lucille Forer (born September 18, 1917), better known as June Foray, is an American actress, best known as the voice of such animated characters as Lucifer from Cinderella, Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Cindy Lou Who, Jokey Smurf, Witch Hazel, Granny, Natasha Fatale, Nell Fenwick and Magica De Spell. Her career has encompassed radio, theatrical shorts, feature films, television, record albums (particularly with Stan Freberg), video games, talking toys and other media. Foray was also one of the early members of ASIFA-Hollywood, the society devoted to promoting and encouraging animation. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring her voice work in television.
Foray was born on September 18, 1917 in Springfield, Massachusetts, one of three children of father Maurice and mother Ida. The family resided at 75 Orange Street. Her voice was first broadcast in a local radio drama when she was 12 years old; by age 15, she was doing regular radio voice work. Two years later, after graduating from Classical High School, she moved with her parents and siblings to Los Angeles, California, near Ida's brother, after engineer Maurice fell on hard financial times. After entering radio through the WBZA Players and her own Lady Make Believe show, she soon became a popular voice actress, with regular appearances on coast-to-coast network shows including Lux Radio Theater and The Jimmy Durante Show.
In the 1940s, Foray also began film work, including a few roles in live action movies, but mostly doing voice overs for animated cartoons and radio programs and occasionally dubbing films and television. On radio, Foray did the voices of Midnight the Cat and Old Grandie the Piano on The Buster Brown Program, which starred Smilin' Ed McConnell, from 1944 to 1952. She later did voices on the Mutual Network program Smile Time for Steve Allen. Her work in radio ultimately led her to recording for a number of children's albums for Capitol Records.
For Walt Disney, Foray voiced Lucifer the Cat in the feature film Cinderella, Lambert's mother in Lambert the Sheepish Lion, a mermaid in Peter Pan and Witch Hazel in animated shorts; decades later, Foray would be the voice of Grandmother Fa in Disney's 1998 Mulan. She also did a variety of voices in Walter Lantz's Woody Woodpecker cartoons. Impressed by her performance as Witch Hazel, in 1954 Chuck Jones invited her over to Warner Brothers Cartoons. For Warner Brothers she was Granny (whom she has played, on and off, since 1955, taking over for Bea Benaderet), owner of Tweety and Sylvester, and a series of witches, including Looney Tunes' own Witch Hazel, with Jones as director. Like most of Warner Brothers' voice actors at the time, Foray was not credited for her roles in these cartoons.
Foray voice acted on The Smurfs as Jokey Smurf and Mother Nature; voiced Ursula on George of the Jungle; and on How the Grinch Stole Christmas voiced Cindy Lou Who, asking "Santa" why he's taking their tree. She was also the voice of the original "Chatty Cathy" doll. Foray voiced evil characters as well, such as the "Talky Tina" doll in The Twilight Zone episode ("Living Doll") as well as all the female roles in Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (1975), including the villainous cobra Nagaina.
Foray worked for Hanna-Barbera, including on Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, The Jetsons, The Flintstones and many other shows. In 1959, she auditioned for the part of Betty Rubble on The Flintstones, but the part went to Bea Benaderet; Foray described herself as "terribly disappointed" at not getting to play Betty. She has done extensive voice acting for Stan Freberg's commercials, albums and 1957 radio series, memorably as secretary to the werewolf advertising executive. Foray has also appeared in several Rankin/Bass TV specials in the 1960s and 1970s, voicing the young Karen and the teacher in the TV special Frosty the Snowman (although only her Karen singing parts remained in later airings, after Rankin-Bass reedited the special a few years after it debuted, with Foray's speaking parts re-dubbed with an uncredited voice).
For Jay Ward: she played nearly every female on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, including Natasha Fatale and Nell Fenwick, as well as male lead character Rocket J. Squirrel (a.k.a. Rocky Squirrel). Foray also voiced May Parker in "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends" from 1981-1983, as well as Magica De Spell and Ma Beagle in the animated television series DuckTales. At the same time, she also had a leading role voicing Grammi Gummi on Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears, working with her Rocky and Bullwinkle co-star Bill Scott until his death in 1985.
In the mid-1960s, she became devoted to the preservation and promotion of animation, and has since written numerous magazine articles about animation. In 1988 she was awarded the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award.  In 1995, ASIFA-Hollywood, a chapter of the Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (the International Animated Film Association), established the June Foray Award, which is awarded to "individuals who have made a significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation." Foray was the first recipient of the award. In 2007, Foray became a contributor to ASIFA-Hollywood's Animation Archive Project. In 2007, Britt Irvin became the first person ever to voice a character in a cartoon remake that had been previously voiced by Foray in the original series when she started voicing the character Ursula in the new George of the Jungle cartoon series on the Cartoon Network. In 2011, Roz Ryan voiced Witch Lezah (Hazel spelled backwards) in The Looney Tunes Show, opposite June Foray reprising Granny.
Foray guest starred only once on The Simpsons, in the season one episode "Some Enchanted Evening", as the receptionist for the Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper Babysitting Service. This was a play on a Rocky & Bullwinkle gag years earlier in which none of the cartoon's characters, including narrator William Conrad, was able to pronounce "rubber baby buggy bumpers" unerringly. Foray was later homaged in The Simpsons, in the season eight episode "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", in which the character June Bellamy is introduced as the voice behind both Itchy and Scratchy. Foray appeared on-camera in a major role only once, in Sabaka as a high priestess of a fire cult. She also appeared on camera in an episode of Green Acres as a Mexican telephone operator. In 1991, she provided her voice as the sock-puppet talk-show host Scary Mary on an episode of Married... with Children. She played gag cameos in both 1992's Boris & Natasha and 2000's The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. Another on-camera appearance was in the 1984 TV sitcom The Duck Factory, which starred Jim Carrey and Don Messick.
Foray was often called for ADR voice work for television and feature films. This work included dubbing the voice of Mary Badham in The Twilight Zone episode "The Bewitchin' Pool" and the voices for Sean and Michael Brody in some scenes of the film Jaws. June Foray also dubbed several people in Bells Are Ringing, Diana Rigg in some scenes of The Hospital, Robert Blake in drag in an episode of Baretta and a little boy in The Comic.
In 1996 and 1997, Foray won the Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production for her work in Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries. In 2000, Foray reprised her role as Rocky the Flying Squirrel in Universal Pictures' live-action/CGI animated film The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, co-starring and produced by Robert De Niro. On Season Three, Episode One ("The Thin White Line") of Family Guy, Foray again reprised her role as Rocky in a visual gag with a single line ("And now, here's something we hope you'll really like!"). Foray voiced the wife of the man getting dunked ("Don't tell him, Carlos!") in Pirates of the Caribbean. Around 2003, she guest starred as the villain Madame Argentina in The Powerpuff Girls episode "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future". During that time, Foray also had a regular role, reprising Granny on Baby Looney Tunes and Witch Hazel in an episode of another Warner Bros. Animation series Duck Dodgers.
In October 2006, she portrayed Susan B. Anthony on three episodes of the podcast The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd. In November 2009, Foray appeared twice on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: in one episode as Ruth, a pie-maker trapped in Bubbie's stomach, and in another episode as Kelly, a young boy having a birthday party and as Kelly's Mom and Captain K'Nuckles' kindergarten teacher.
In 2011, Foray reprised her role as Granny in Cartoon Network's The Looney Tunes Show. That year, she received the Comic-Con Icon Award at the 2011 Scream Awards. She also appeared as Granny in the theatrically released Looney Tunes short, I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat, which was shortlisted for Academy Award consideration
In 2012, Foray received her first Emmy nomination, and won in the category of Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for her role as Mrs. Cauldron on The Garfield Show. She thus became, at age 94, the oldest entertainer to be nominated for and to win an Emmy Award.  Foray also reprised her role of Rocky the Flying Squirrel in a Rocky and Bullwinkle short film, which was released in 2014.
In September 2013, she was honored with the Governors Award at the 65th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. That same year, she reprised her role as Magica De Spell in the video game DuckTales Remastered.
Foray married Bernard Barondess in 1941. The marriage ended in divorce. She met Hobart Donavan on The Buster Brown Program on radio. He was the main writer and had also written The Buster Brown comic book. Foray married Donavan in 1954; he died in 1976.
|1944-1952||The Buster Brown Program||Midnight the Cat, Old Grandie|
|1945-1947||Smile Time||Various characters|
|1946||Cavalcade of America||Mary Anne Clark||"Danger: Women at Work"|
|1946||Let George Do It||Mrs. Hutchinson||"Cousin Jeff and the Pigs"|
|1946; 1948-1950||The Lux Radio Theatre||"Coney Island Repeat"
"Mother Wore Tights"
|1947||The Life of Riley||Secretary||"Riley Enrolls at Pip Instead of UCLA"|
|1948||NBC University Theatre||Cunégonde||"Candide"|
|1949||Command Performance||The Granny|
|1949||Screen Directors Playhouse||Mother Zombie||"The Ghost Breakers"|
|1950||The Adventures of Philip Marlowe||Stewardess, Receptionist||"The Last Wish"|
|1952||Amos 'n' Andy||Chiquita||"Leroy's Oil Stock"|
|1954||Rocky Fortune||Linda, Miss Fabian||"The Museum Murder"|
|1954||Our Miss Brooks||Mrs. Thundercloud||"Bartering With Chief Thundercloud"|
|1956-1957||CBS Radio Workshop||Amy Lesley, Convention Secretary, Edwina, Gladys Farley, Grocery Clerk, Listener #2, Rhoda Mae Flogg, Temperamental Actress, Vess Neff||4 episodes|
|1957||The Stan Freberg Show||Various characters|
|1979||Sears Radio Theater||Spanish Lady on the Street||"Voodoo Lady"|
|1946||The Lonesome Stranger||Little Orphan Fanny||Voice role
Live action short
|1950||Cinderella||Lucifer the Cat|
|1951||Car of Tomorrow||Fashion Car announcer, Talking Turn Signal||MGM short|
|1952||Trick or Treat||Witch Hazel||Donald Duck short|
|1952||Lambert the Sheepish Lion||Mrs. Sheep|
|1952||How to Be a Detective||The Dame||Goofy short|
|1952||One Cab's Family||Mary, Nurse||MGM short|
|1953||Little Johnny Jet||Mary||MGM short|
|1953||Peter Pan||Squaw||She also served as the model for one of the mermaids|
|1954||Pet Peeve||Joan||Tom and Jerry short
|1954||The Farm of Tomorrow||Hen, Female announcer||MGM short|
|1955||Mouse for Sale||Joan||Tom and Jerry short|
|1955||Red Riding Hoodwinked||Red Riding Hood's Grandmother, Red Riding Hood||Sylvester and Tweety short|
|1955||This is a Life?||Granny||Bugs Bunny short|
|1956||Tweet and Sour||Granny||Sylvester and Tweety short|
|1956||The Flying Sorceress||Joan, Witch||Tom and Jerry short|
|1956||Broom-Stick Bunny||Witch Hazel||Bugs Bunny short|
|1956||Tugboat Granny||Granny||Sylvester and Tweety short|
|1956||Get Lost||Knothead and Splinter||Woody Woodpecker short|
|1956||Deduce, You Say||Alfie's Girlfriend, The Shropshire Slasher's Mother||Daffy Duck short|
|1957||Red Riding Hoodlum||Knothead and Splinter||Woody Woodpecker short|
|1957||International Woodpecker||Knothead and Splinter||Woody Woodpecker short|
|1957||Boston Quackie||Mary||Daffy Duck short
|1957||Rabbit Romeo||Millicent||Bugs Bunny short
|1957||The Snow Queen||Court Raven, Old robber, Old Fairy||1959 English dub|
|1957||Tom's Photo Finish||Joan||Tom and Jerry short|
|1957||The Unbearable Salesman||Knothead and Splinter||Woody Woodpecker short|
|1958||Don't Axe Me||Elmer Fudd's Wife||Daffy Duck short|
|1958||Hare-Less Wolf||Charles Wolf's Wife||Bugs Bunny short|
|1958||The Vanishing Duck||Joan||Tom and Jerry short|
|1958||A Bird in a Bonnet||Granny||Sylvester and Tweety short|
|1959||Apes of Wrath||Mama Ape||Bugs Bunny short|
|1959||A Broken Leghorn||Miss Prissy||Foghorn Leghorn short|
|1959||China Jones||Dragon Lady||Daffy Duck short
|1959||A Witch's Tangled Hare||Witch Hazel||Bugs Bunny short|
|1961||The Last Hungry Cat||Granny||Sylvester and Tweety short
|1962||Quackodile Tears||Daffy Duck's Wife||uncredited|
|1965||Of Feline Bondage||Jerry's Fairy Godmother||Tom and Jerry short|
|1965||The Year of the Mouse||Second Mouse||Tom and Jerry short|
|1966||A-Haunting We Will Go||Witch Hazel||Daffy Duck short|
|1966||The Man Called Flintstone||Tanya|
|1970||The Phantom Tollbooth||Faintly Macabre the Witch, Princess of Pure Reason, Voice of Ralph|
|1977||Bugs Bunny's Easter Special||Granny|
|1981||The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie||Granny|
|1983||Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island||Granny|
|1988||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Wheezy, Lena Hyena|
|1989||Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland||Librarian||1992 English dub|
|1990||DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp||Mrs. Featherby|
|1991||Problem Child 2||Voice of puppet||Live action film|
|2000||The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle||Rocky J. Squirrel, Animated Natasha Fatale, The Narrator's Mother||Voice role
Live action/animated film
|2000||Tweety's High-Flying Adventure||Granny||Direct-to-video film|
|2003||Looney Tunes Back in Action||Granny||Live action/animated film|
|2004||Mulan II||Grandmother Fa||Direct-to-video film|
|2006||The Legend of Sasquatch||Momma Sasquach|
|2006||Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas||Granny as The Ghost of Christmas Past||Direct-to-video film|
|2011||I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat||Granny|
|1954||Sabaka||Marku Ponjoy, The High Priestess of Sabaka||Live action film|
|1966||Death of a Salesman||Jenny||TV adaptation|
|1967||Green Acres||Carmelita||"Don't Count Your Tomatoes Before They're Picked"|
|1959||The Huckleberry Hound Show||Mom||"Bear on a Picnic"|
|1959-1964||The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show||Rocky J. Squirrel, Natasha Fatale, Nell Fenwick|
|1959-1960; 1971-1972||Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color||Radio Voices, Grandma Duck, Queen, Witch||"Duck Flies Coop"
"This Is Your Life Donald Duck"
"Disney on Parade"
"Dad, Can I Borrow the Car"
|1960-1961||Mister Magoo||Mother Magoo|
|1961-1962||Calvin and the Colonel||Woman, Thief, Nancy, Chiquita, Operator||"The Television Job"
"Calvin's Glamour Girl"
"Nephew Newton's Fortune"
|1963||Fractured Flickers||Various characters|
|1963||The Twilight Zone||Talky Tina||"Living Doll"
|1963-1964||The Flintstones||Grandma Dynamite, Peaches, Nurse #1, Nurse #2, Granny Hatrock, Secretary, Dinosaur #2, Monkey||"Foxy Grandma"
"The Dress Rehearsal"
"The Bedrock Hillbillies"
|1966||Dr, Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas||Cindy Lou Who||TV special
|1967||George of the Jungle||Ursula, Marigold|
|1967-1968||Off to See the Wizard||Dorothy Gale, Wicked Witch of the West|
|1969||Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!||Gypsy Fortune Teller||"A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts"|
|1969||The Pogo Special Birthday Special||Pogo, Hepzibah||TV special|
|1969||Frosty the Snowman||Teacher, Karen, Additional voices||TV short|
|1970||Horton Hears a Who!||Jane Kangaroo, Mother Who, Baby Who, Additional voices||TV short|
|1975||Rikki-Tikki-Tavi||Nagaina the Cobra, Teddy's Mom, Darzee's Wife||TV special|
|1975||The White Seal||Mackah||TV special|
|1976||Mowgli's Brothers||Mother Wolf||TV special|
|1978||Fabulous Funnies||Broom-Hilda, Oola, Hans, Additional voices|
|1978||Bugs Bunny's Howl-oween Special||Witch Hazel||TV short|
|1979||Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile||Raggedy Ann, Aunt Agatha, Neighbor||Credited as Mrs. Hobart Donavan for Aunt Agatha|
|1980-1982||Heathcliff||Grandma, Sonja, Crazy Shirley, Iggy, Marcy, Muggsy, Princess|
|1981-1983||Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends||Aunt May Parker, Crime Computer, Judy|
|1981-1989||The Smurfs||Jokey Smurf, Mother Nature, Additional voices|
|1985||Pound Puppies||Mother Superior, Old Woman||TV special|
|1985||The Jetsons||Lady at Gas Station, Telephone Operator||"Little Bundle of Trouble"|
|1985-1991||The Adventures of the Gummi Bears||Grammi Gummi, Dragon, Additional voices|
|1986-1987||Teen Wolf||Grandma Howard, Mrs. Seslick|
|1987-1988||The Flintstone Kids||Grandma Cavemom||3 episodes|
|1987-1990||DuckTales||Magica de Spell, Ma Beagle|
|1988||A Pup Named Scooby-Doo||Constance McSnack||"Wanted Cheddar Alive"|
|1989||Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters||Mrs. Dweeb||2 episodes|
|1990||Tom and Jerry Kids Show||Witch||"Doom Manor"|
|1990||The Simpsons||Happy Little Elf, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper Babysitting Service Receptionist||"Some Enchanted Evening"|
|1990-1991||Tiny Toon Adventures||Granny|
|1990-1993||Garfield and Friends||Various characters|
|1993||All-New Dennis the Menace||Martha Wilson|
|1993||Rugrats||Blocky, Svetlana the Spy||"Sour Pickles"|
|1993||2 Stupid Dogs||Red Riding Hood's Grandmother||2 episodes|
|1993||Bonkers||Ma Barker||"Calling All Cars"|
|1995||Weird Science||Baby Ruth, Tammy||Voice role
Live action television series
|1995-2000||Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries||Granny, Witch Hazel||Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production (1996-97)|
|1996||Cave Kids||Rat||"Soap Bubble Dreams"|
|2001||Family Guy||Rocky J. Squirrel||"The Thin White Line"|
|2002-2005||Baby Looney Tunes||Granny|
|2003||The Powerpuff Girls||Madame Argentina||"I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future"|
|2005||Duck Dodgers||Lezah the Wicked||"M.M.O.R.P.D."|
|2009||The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack||Ruth, Kid, Kelly, Kelly's Mother, K'nuckles' Kindergarten Teacher||"Bubbie's Tummy Ache"
"Flapjack Goes to a Party"
|2009-present||The Garfield Show||Mrs. Cauldron||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program (2012)|
|2011-2014||The Looney Tunes Show||Granny|
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- Official website[dead link] Archived August 15, 2014 at the Wayback Machine
- June Foray at the Internet Movie Database
- "Interview with June Foray". Famous Interview. Archived from the original on June 12, 2012.
- June Foray interview video at the Archive of American Television