Nicole Jaffe

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Nicole Jaffe David
Born (1941-05-23) May 23, 1941 (age 77)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Other names Nicole Jaffe
Occupation Talent agent, actress, voice actress
Years active 1968–1975, 2002–2004
Spouse(s) Brad David (m. 1973–?; divorced)
Brian Braff (currently)

Nicole Jaffe David (born May 23, 1941) is a Canadian talent agent and former actress and voice actress, best known as the original voice actress for Velma Dinkley in Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo Saturday morning cartoon series from 1969 to 1970. A life member of The Actors Studio,[1] David – under her maiden name Nicole Jaffe – had previously appeared in The Trouble with Girls (1969) with Elvis Presley (and Scooby-Doo voice actor Frank Welker) and in Disney's The Love Bug (1968).

Jaffe starred in a 1969 stage production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown as Patty,[2] where she was seen by Hanna-Barbera recording director Gordon Hunt, who auditioned her for and eventually cast her as Velma on Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! In 1970, after Stefanianna Christopherson, who voiced Daphne on Scooby-Doo, left the show, Jaffe recommended her roommate, Heather North as a replacement;[2] North voiced Daphne in various Scooby productions for the next three decades. Velma was Jaffe's only voice role, which she reprised in the spin-off series, The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972–74). During this time, Nicole also appeared in a starring role in the Room 222 second season episode "What Would We Do Without Bobbie?" in 1970.

Jaffe retired from acting after marrying Actors Studio classmate Brad David[1] in 1973 and went into talent representation. With Arnold Rifkin, Nicole David formed the Rifkin/David agency in 1982, which was merged two years later into the Triad Artists agency.[3] Triad was sold to the larger William Morris Agency in 1992 for over $20 million.[3][4] David worked as a senior agent and senior vice president at William Morris and its successor, William Morris Endeavor, until 2013; her clients over the years have included John Travolta, Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, and Elijah Wood.[4][5] She temporarily returned to the Scooby-Doo series for two 2003 direct-to-video movies, Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire and Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico.

Preceded by
Voice of Velma Dinkley
Succeeded by
Pat Stevens
Preceded by
B.J. Ward
Voice of Velma Dinkley
Succeeded by
Mindy Cohn


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