April Winchell

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April Winchell
Winchell in April 2011
Born (1960-01-04) January 4, 1960 (age 62)[1]
  • Actress
  • writer
  • radio host
  • color commentator
Years active1972–present
Mick Kuisel
(m. 1996; div. 2013)
John Foley
(m. 2013)

April Winchell (born January 4, 1960)[1] is an American actress, writer, radio host and color commentator. She is known for voicing Clarabelle Cow in the Disney franchise since 1996.

Early life[edit]

Winchell was born in 1960.[1] She is the daughter of ventriloquist and comedian Paul Winchell (1922–2005), and his second wife, Nina Russel.[2][3] In her weblog writings and appearances on radio, she describes her childhood with many references to the great talent of her father as well as the many disturbing incidents owing to his mental health issues.[4][5]



Winchell in Los Angeles, California in June 2004

Winchell's projects include the role of Sylvia in Wander Over Yonder, a Disney Channel animated series featuring Jack McBrayer in the title role. Created by The Powerpuff Girls producers Craig McCracken and Lauren Faust, the show chronicles the adventures of Wander and his trusty (and cynical) steed Sylvia, as they travel the universe. The series premiered on the Disney Channel in September 2013.[6]

As a voice actress, she has been heard in hundreds of animated television series, such as Goof Troop (as Peg Pete), Recess (as Mrs. Muriel Finster), Disney's House of Mouse and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (as Clarabelle Cow), Bonkers (as Lucky's wife, Dyl Piquel), Pepper Ann (as title character's mom, Lydia Pearson),[7] and Kids from Room 402 (as Miss Gracie Graves the school teacher, along with several other characters that appear on the show), The Legend of Tarzan (taking over for Rosie O'Donnell as Terk in the original film), 101 Dalmatians: The Series (as Cruella De Vil), SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron (as Molly Mange), Robot and Monster, Phineas & Ferb and Kim Possible.

She has also voiced characters in numerous films, including Antz, Who Framed Roger Rabbit,[1] Monsters University and Rob Zombie's The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. Winchell portrayed the "Glendale Federal Bank" lady – a cranky, cynical customer alleviated by the service at her new bank – in a series of radio commercials, which Winchell wrote and directed herself. The commercials caught the attention of Roseanne Barr, who hired her as a writer on Barr's eponymous sitcom.[1]


Besides her many contributions to radio advertising as a director, writer, and performer, Winchell also hosted a radio talk show program on KFI, a Los Angeles radio station. This weekend program aired for three years, and enjoyed the fastest growth audience in the history of the station. Subsequent to the end of this program in November 2002, she appeared semi-regularly on the Ask Mr. KABC program, on KABC, an AM station also in Los Angeles – until the show ended in February 2007.

In 2005, Winchell signed a deal with U.S. pay-TV service HBO to develop and host a show on Sirius Satellite Radio. However, on her official website on May 3, 2006, she announced that negotiations had stalled out between HBO and Sirius, leaving her program in limbo.

On March 16, 2007, she returned to semi-regular radio appearances on The Marc "Mr. K" Germain Show on KTLK-AM (the new show hosted by the former Mr. KABC) and appeared twice a month. (Her appearances on Germain's show are available at her website in addition to KTLK's website.) During March, Winchell was "banned for life" from KABC (AM) in Los Angeles at the behest of ABC radio host Bill O'Reilly, over a retelling of an occurrence she dubbed "Croissantgate" (KABC provided Bill O'Reilly with croissants that were not fresh enough for his taste, causing a commotion at the station).


Ted Hardwick and April Winchell (as "Teddy Towne" and "Sheila Sands") provide color commentary for the 1998 Christopher Street West Gay Pride Parade, in West Hollywood, California, from atop the Monaco Liquor Store sign on Santa Monica Boulevard.

As a musical theater actor, she starred as Ado Annie in the Columbia Artists revival of Oklahoma!, and also appeared opposite Kevin Spacey in Gypsy.

Additionally, Winchell wrote and starred as "Sheila Sands" in her show at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles to sold out crowds. The show was produced by Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner, who discovered her at Cafe Largo in Hollywood. Winchell reprised the character to open for Brad Garrett at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 2013.

She has also been a frequent panelist on the live-stage version of What's My Line at the Acme Comedy Theatre in Hollywood.


In 1992, Winchell and her then-husband Mick Kuisel formed Radio Savant Productions, a radio advertising production company.[8] Since that time, Winchell has received many awards including Cannes, Clio, The $100,000 Mercury Award[9] and The International Grand Andy (bestowed by The Association of Independent Commercial Producers) – it was the only time the Andy was given for radio. Winchell also provided the award-winning radio and television advertising for Big Bear Mountain Resorts for over 20 years.


Winchell's official website contains a link to her IMDB biography and library of unusual and outsider music pieces.

Prior to 2009, Winchell maintained a personal Web site that, in addition to the music pieces, chronicled the actor's activities, which include her professional, personal, and romantic life. In October 2009, Winchell (under the pseudonym "Helen Killer") launched Regretsy, a blog website which satirized Etsy.[10] Within four days, the site had received nearly 90 million hits.[citation needed] This huge viral success caught the attention of Random House, who subsequently won a bidding war to publish a book based around the Regretsy website. The book, which was published April 6, 2010, features humorous and bizarre crafts and artwork from several different artists, as well as essays about Winchell's personal life, childhood and own crafting failures.[11] As of March 1, 2012, the Regretsy site had raised over $200,000 for charitable causes.[12] The popularity of Regretsy's "Not Remotely Steampunk" section even inspired a viral "chap hop" music video.[13] Winchell ceased updating Regretsy on February 1, 2013.[14]

Winchell made several appearances on early episodes of the internet broadcast series "Talk Radio One," interviewed by former Los Angeles radio personality Marc Germain. She became a weekly guest on the series beginning in 2017.

Other work[edit]

Winchell worked on the 1996 video game Toonstruck in which she voiced a number of characters including Ms. Fit, Polly, Punisher Polly and Dr. Payne's Receptionist. Not only did she voiced the characters but she has also worked as casting and dialogue director for the game. She also worked as a punch writer for Recess: School's Out and wrote three episodes of the American sitcom Roseanne.

Personal life[edit]

In broadcasts of her KFI show, on her web diary and several other websites, Winchell revealed she and Kevin Spacey dated for a while after high school.[15][16]

On August 19, 2005, she announced on her website that she was diagnosed with stage 4 thyroid cancer. To promote solidarity during her radiation treatment, she issued her own "Glow in the Dark" wristbands, so one could "glow along" with April. She made a full recovery.[citation needed]

Winchell is a supporter of charities including Project Angel Food, a Los Angeles-based service providing meals for homebound people living with AIDS. Her website, Regretsy, generated charitable funds through selling of Regretsy merchandise. On, April 17, 2011, Winchell created April's Army, which ran monthly campaigns for which all profits went to a selected Regretsy member who has encountered hardships. On December 5, 2011, Regretsy began a Secret Santa program, collecting donations for presents for needy children.[17]



List of voice performances in animated feature and direct-to-video films
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Mrs. Herman
Baby Herman (on-camera)
1990 Jetsons: The Movie Additional Voices
1997 Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off Tanya Direct-to-video
1998 Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World Chandeleria Direct-to-video
1998 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Additional voices Direct-to-video
1998 Antz Additional voices
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Mom
Old Woman
Firefighter #1
1999 Tarzan Terk's Mom
2000 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman Madame Raya Direct-to-video
2001 Recess: School's Out Miss Finster
Mrs. Detweiller
2001 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Mrs. Mahoney Direct-to-video
2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Mother Von Drake Direct-to-video
2001 Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street Miss Finster Direct-to-video
2002 The Hunchback of Notre Dame II Lady DeBurne Direct-to-video
2002 Tarzan & Jane Terk Direct-to-video
2002 Mickey's House of Villains Clarabelle Cow Direct-to-video
2003 Recess: All Growed Down Miss Finster Direct-to-video
2003 Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade Miss Finster Direct-to-video
2004 Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Clarabelle Cow
Additional voices
2004 Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Additional voices Direct-to-video
2005 Mulan II Matchmaker Direct-to-video
2005 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Reporter Direct-to-video
2005 Tarzan II Additional voices Direct-to-video
2005 Kronk's New Groove Hildy
Additional voices
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Vikea
2006 Queer Duck: The Movie Additional voices Direct-to-video
2006 The Fox and the Hound 2 Additional voices Direct-to-video
2007 Happily N'Ever After Additional voices
2009 The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Dame Grace Appleton
Helga Strudel
2010 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Female Radio Caller #1
2012 Strange Frame Pawnbroker
2013 Monsters University Additional Voices
2013 Despicable Me 2 Additional Voices
2015 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League Giganta
2015 Home Boov
2020 Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe Computer Voice


List of voice performances in animated shows
Year Title Role Notes
1972–1973 Kid Power Connie
1992 Defenders of Dynatron City Additional voices TV special
1992 Monster in My Pocket: The Big Scream Helga TV special
1992 Darkwing Duck Bianca Beakley
1992–1993 Goof Troop Peg Pete / Various Characters 77 episodes
1993 Tom & Jerry Kids Additional voices Episode: "Penthouse Mouse/12 Angry Sheep/The Ant Attack"
1993 Marsupilami Additional voices Episode: "A Spotless Record/A Boy and His Crab/Mars vs. Man"
1993 Problem Child Additional voices
1993–1994 Bonkers Dyl Piquel 20 episodes
1993–1994 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Molly Mange 5 episodes
1993 Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby Additional voices Television film
1994 Aladdin Woman Episode: "The Flawed Couple"
1995 Bump in the Night Auntie Matta (additional voice talent)
The Princess
The Dream Cute Dolls (additional roles, uncredited)
Episode: "Auntie Matta/Bumpy the Untrappable"
1995 The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show Various Characters 8 episodes
1995–1999 Timon & Pumbaa Additional voices 7 episodes
1996 Gargoyles Shauna Coyle Episode: "Broadway Goes to Hollywood"
1996 Earthworm Jim Ilene Episode: "Lounge Day's Journey Into Night"
1996 Quack Pack Female Viking
Various Characters
2 episodes
1996–1997 Mighty Ducks Tanya 24 episodes
1996–1997 Jungle Cubs Various Characters 4 episodes
1996–1998 The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper Miss C. / Baby Casper 2 episodes
1997 The Blues Brothers: The Animated Series Various Characters 2 episodes
1997 Johnny Bravo Various Characters Episode: "Johnny Bravo/Jungle Boy in 'Mr. Monkeyman'/Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women"
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters The Waitress Episode: "The Jersey Devil"
1997–1998 101 Dalmatians: The Series Cruella De Vil 61 episodes
1997–2000 Pepper Ann Lydia Pearson 45 episodes
1997–2001 Recess Muriel Finster 21 episodes
1998 Hercules Amazon Guard Episode: "Hercules and the Girdle of Hippolyte"
1998 Men in Black: The Series Additional voices Episode: "The Quick Clone Syndrome"
1998 All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series Tiffany Episode: "Bess and Itchy's Dog School Reunion"
1998–1999 Mad Jack the Pirate Additional voices 13 episodes
1998–1999 CatDog Sadie / Space Grannies 2 episodes
1999 The Wild Thornberrys Gemsbok #2 Episode: "Rain Dance"
1999–2000 Mickey Mouse Works Clarabelle Cow 10 episodes
1999–2000 Kids from Room 402 Miss Gracie Graves / Various Characters
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Pwerta Episode: "Stress Test"
2000 Rugrats Argenta Episode: "Don't Poop on My Parade"
2000–2001 Clerks: The Animated Series Judge 4 episodes
2001–2003 Disney's House of Mouse Clarabelle Cow
Lydia Pearson (cameo)
28 episodes
2001–2004 Lloyd in Space Nora Nebulon 35 episodes
2001–2003 The Legend of Tarzan Terk / Bibi's Mother 37 episodes
2002 Totally Spies! Ms. Catherine Brooks / Principal Vegan Episode: "Silicon Valley Girls"
2002 Ozzy and Drix Lunchlady Episode: "Gas of Doom"
2002–2003 Teamo Supremo Hypnotheria
2002 Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe In Santa Nana Television film
2003 The Mummy Aglaophone #1 Episode: "The Enemy of My Enemy"
2003 Rocket Power Announcer Episode: "Cinco de Twisto/Saving Lt. Ryan"
2003–2006 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Mrs. Edmonds
Aunt Stacy
35 episodes
2003; 2007 Kim Possible Bernice
8 episodes
2004 Fatherhood Ms. Huffington Episode: "Love me Dude"
2004 As Told by Ginger Cleaning Lady Episode: "A Lesson in Tightropes"
2006 Bratz Gertrude Episode: "Survivor"
2006 Catscratch Various Characters Episode: "Mall Adjusted/Clan Destiny"
2006 The X's Various Characters Episode: "Accidental Hero/Untitled
2006–2007 Eloise: The Animated Series Various Characters 5 episodes
2006–2007 Legion of Super Heroes Winema Wazzo 2 episodes
2006–2016 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Clarabelle Cow 52 episodes
2007 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Mr. Slither Episode: "The Most Greatest Love Story Ever Told Ever/Detention X"
2007 Slacker Cats Additional voices Episode: "Mexico"
2007–2008 Tak & the Power of Juju Donna 3 episodes
2008–2014 Phineas and Ferb Blanca Dishob
Bridgette Oshinomi
Princess Leia
9 episodes
2009 King of the Hill Various Characters Episode: "Uncool Customer"
2010–2011 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Helga
2011 Curious George Chilla DeWinter
2 episodes
2011 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Various Characters Episode: "Night Fright"
2011 Fish Hooks Lady Eelbottom Episode: "Oscar Makes an Impression"
2011–2014 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Singsong Bird
Slippery Serpent
4 episodes
2011–2016 Minnie's Bow-Toons Clarabelle Cow 40 episodes
2012 Robot and Monster Grandma
4 episodes
2012–2015 Gravity Falls Ma Duskerton 3 episodes
2013 Ben 10: Omniverse Queen Voratia Rumbletum Episode: "Tummy Trouble"
2013 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Mistress Mugan Episode: "Tigress Tale"
2013 Monsters vs. Aliens Soap Opera Alien
Educational Television
Episode: "It Came... On a Field Trip/Educational Television
2013–2016 Wander Over Yonder Sylvia Main role
2014–2015 Breadwinners Mama Monster
2015 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Riddle Sphinx 2 episodes
2016–2018 Mickey Mouse Clarabelle Cow 3 episodes
2017–2021 Mickey and the Roadster Racers Clarabelle Cow
33 episodes
2017 Sofia the First The Dutchess/Windy 2 episodes
2018-2021 DuckTales Black Heron 8 episodes
2019 Amphibia Tuti
3 episodes
2020 DC Super Hero Girls Antiope Episode "Awesome Aunt Antiope"
2020–present The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse Clarabelle Cow Main cast
2021 Kid Cosmic Krosh 3 episodes
2021–present Mickey Mouse Funhouse Clarabelle Cow Main cast

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Hare Raising Havoc Baby Herman, Mrs. Herman
1996 Animated Storybook: Toy Story Scrabble Narrator
Toonstruck Ms. Fit, Polly
1998 Disney's Math Quest with Aladdin Bizarrah
2008 Disney Think Fast Clarabelle Cow
2010 Epic Mickey
2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures Queen of Hearts
2012 Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Clarabelle Cow


List of acting performances in television shows
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Limboland Various Episode: "Pilot"
1996 Grace Under Fire Ms. Salem Episode: "Grace Tests Out"
1999 Time of Your Life Karen Episode: "The Time She Got Mobbed"
2002 That '80s Show Mrs. Nealon Episode: "After the Kiss"


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  11. ^ April Winchell “Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF”. ISBN 978-0-345-52318-1
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  13. ^ Pikedevant (November 29, 2011). "Just Glue Some Gears On It (And Call It Steampunk)". Youtube. Retrieved December 4, 2011. Inspired by the category 'Things That Are Not Steampunk' on Regretsy
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