Ginny Tyler

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Ginny Tyler
Born Merrie Virginia Erlandson
(1925-08-08)August 8, 1925
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Died July 13, 2012(2012-07-13) (aged 86)
Issaquah, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Voice actress, singer
Years active 1937–1993
Spouse(s) Lowell Fenton (19??-19??)

Ginny Tyler (born Merrie Virginia Erlandson; August 8, 1925 – July 13, 2012) was an American voice actress who performed on dozens of cartoons and animated films from 1957 to 1993. In 2006, she was inducted into the Disney Legends program.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Tyler was born the elder of two children of Erland and Harrieth (nėe Ruttenberg) Erlandson in 1925 in Berkeley, California.[3] The family moved to Seattle, Washington, where her brother Donald was born.[4]


Tyler grew up in Seattle and her family had a rich legacy of storytelling and imitation of animal sounds, which proved very useful to her later on in her career as an artist. She first appeared before a radio microphone sometime in the 1930s and co-hosted, alongside Al Priddy the radio show Make Believe Island on KOL station. The show was moved to television, on KOMO-TV and renamed Magic Island by the early 1950s.

Tyler began to work more and more offscreen as a voice artist, appearing in several cartoons and narrating vinyl recordings of Disney classics like Bambi and Babes in Toyland. She provided the voice of an amorous squirrel who falls in love with the young King Arthur (while he is in the form of a male squirrel) in The Sword in the Stone. She sang the voices of several barnyard animals in the "Jolly Holiday" sequence of Mary Poppins.

From 1960 to 1962, she also performed several voices for the series Davey and Goliath, including Davey's mother and his sister Sally. She was replaced by Nancy Wible, who had a similar voice (from both of their works in other series), but would use a louder tone than Ginny. The two played roles of carhops on the Flintstones episode "The Drive Inn" (made around the same time as the first episodes of Davey & Goliath) in 1960. In 1964, Tyler appeared as the Genie in several performances of Aladdin and His Genie for the Pasadena Playhouse. In 1968, she was Flirtacia on Hanna-Barbera's The Adventures of Gulliver. She also played Jan on Space Ghost and Sue Richards, the Invisible Woman in the 1978 television series Fantastic Four.[5] Although Tyler later retired and moved back to Seattle, she still did some recording for local productions.

She died on July 13, 2012, aged 86 at a Washington nursing home.[6]


Audio Recordings[edit]



  1. ^ Disney Legends - Ginny Tyler
  2. ^ "Ginny Tyler dies". Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ California Department of Public Health record
  4. ^ "Ginny Tyler article with newspaper excepts from National Enterprise Association and The Pasadena Star-News from 1960". Yowp.Blogspot. Retrieved July 2012. 
  5. ^ Profile at Behind the Voice
  6. ^ [1]

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