July 16, 1959
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Sherri Lynn Stoner (born July 16, 1959) is an American actress and writer. She has worked extensively in animation. She was a writer and producer for such 1990s animated shows as Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs. She is probably best known for Animaniacs, for which she created and voiced Slappy Squirrel, a grumpy retired cartoon squirrel. As a producer for Tiny Toon Adventures, she won Emmy awards for Outstanding Animated Program in 1991 and 1993. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
She co-wrote (with Deanna Oliver) Universal's Casper and was on the writing staff of the 1996 revival of an animated Casper the Friendly Ghost, also known as The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper. Stoner and Oliver wrote the Disney film, My Favorite Martian, based on the original 1960s TV series.
Stoner served as animation reference model for Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid and for Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Ariel frequently bites her lower lip, and Belle often brushes hair away from her face. Both of these are mannerisms of Stoner's that animators adapted to the characters.
Her live-action television work includes a recurring role as Rachel Brown Oleson in the 9th season of Little House on the Prairie, and appearances in Murder, She Wrote and Knots Landing. She was also a member of the Groundlings improvisational troupe in Los Angeles. She is currently working with Tom Ruegger as story editor on Disney's The 7D.
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