June Foray

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June Foray
June Foray 1952.JPG
publicity photo (1952)
Born June Lucille Forer
(1917-09-18) September 18, 1917 (age 97)
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Residence Woodland Hills, California
Education Classical High School
Occupation Actress
Years active 1943–present
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
Spouse(s) Bernard Barondess
(1941–?, divorced)
Hobart Donavan
(1954–1976; his death)

Daytime Emmy Awards
2012 Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program
The Garfield Show

Annie Awards
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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Foray was born on September 18, 1917[2] in Springfield, Massachusetts, one of three children of father Maurice and mother Ida.[3] The family resided at 75 Orange Street.[3] Her voice was first broadcast in a local radio drama when she was 12 years old;[4] by age 15, she was doing regular radio voice work.[1] 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.[3] 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.[3]

Acting career[edit]

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.[4] Her work in radio ultimately led her to recording for a number of children's albums for Capitol Records.[4]

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.[4] 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.[4]

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.[1] 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.[5] 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).[citation needed]

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.

Chuck Jones is reported to have said, "June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc, Mel Blanc was the male June Foray."[6]

In the mid-1960s, she became devoted to the preservation and promotion of animation, and has since written numerous magazine articles about animation.[4] In 1988 she was awarded the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award. [7] In 1995, ASIFA-Hollywood, a chapter of the Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (the International Animated Film Association), established the June Foray Award,[8] 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,[citation needed] 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.

Foray at the 2014 Annie Awards

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[9]

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.[10] She thus became, at age 94, the oldest entertainer to be nominated for and to win an Emmy Award. [11] Foray also reprised her role of Rocky the Flying Squirrel in a Rocky and Bullwinkle short film, which was released in 2014.[12]

In September 2013, she was honored with the Governors Award at the 65th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.[13] That same year, she reprised her role as Magica De Spell in the video game DuckTales Remastered.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Foray married Bernard Barondess in 1941.[15] 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.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
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"
"Wabash Avenue"
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"


Year Title Role Notes
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
1953 Father's Week-end Mrs. Geef Goofy short
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 The Flying Sorceress Joan, Witch Tom and Jerry short
1956 Broom-Stick Bunny Witch Hazel Bugs Bunny short
1956 Tweet and Sour Granny Sylvester and Tweety short
1956 Get Lost Knothead and Splinter Woody Woodpecker short
1956 Tugboat Granny Granny Sylvester and Tweety short
1956 Rocket-bye Baby Martha Wilbur, Old Lady, P.A. voice Merrie Melodies 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 A Pizza Tweety Pie Granny Sylvester and Tweety 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
1959 Goldimouse and the Three Cats Narrator, Mother Cat, Goldimouse uncredited
1960 Trip for Tat Granny Sylvester and Tweety short
1961 The Last Hungry Cat Granny Sylvester and Tweety short
1962 Quackodile Tears Daffy Duck's Wife uncredited
1962 Honey's Money The Wealthy Widow Yosemite Sam short
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
1994 Thumbelina Queen Tabitha
1996 Space Jam Granny
1998 Mulan Grandmother Fa
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

Live action[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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"


Year Title Role Notes
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
1966-1969 The Super 6 Bubbles
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
1978 Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Great Santa Claus Caper Raggedy Ann TV special
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
1979 Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales Mrs. Claus, Clyde Bunny TV special
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
1986-1988 Foofur Additional voices
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


  • Foray, June (2006). Perverse, Adverse and Rottenverse. Albany, New York: BearManor Media. ISBN 1-59393-020-8
  • Foray, June (2009). Did You Grow Up With Me, Too? The Autobiography of June Foray. Albany, New York: BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-461-3


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  2. ^ 1920 U.S. census. Most sources agree, but some sources have cited 1918, 1919 and 1920 as her year of birth.
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  5. ^ Heintjes, Tom. "Excavating Bedrock: Reminiscences of 'The Flintstones'" Hogan's Alley #9 (January 16, 2013)
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  7. ^ "The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award" on the San Diego Comic-Con International website
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  14. ^ DuckTales: Remastered (2013) at IMDB.com
  15. ^ "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K8VV-F94 : accessed 18 May 2013), Bernard Barondess and June Lucille Forer, 1941.
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