Thursday, August 3, 2017

Requiescat in pace - June Foray - 1917-2017

Animator and director Chuck Jones said of June Foray, "June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc; Mel Blanc was the male June Foray."

For a cartoon voice artist, there can be no greater tribute.  There were other tributes as well during her long career, many awards, among them she holds the honor of being the oldest person--at age 94--to be nominated for, and win, an Emmy.  June Foray died last week just shy of her 100th birthday.

I take particular pride in noting that she came from my neck of the woods, western Massachusetts.  She was born and raised in Springfield, graduated from Classical High School in that city, and her first work as a voice artist came on the local Springfield radio station WBZA.

Fortunately for us, her work was recorded on video, audio, children's records, a wide array of media--and the sound media that gave her a career will continue to give us enjoyment of her talent.   She lived a century, and her work reflects the media explosion of that remarkable century.  Here is a clip on YouTube of only some of her voice characters.  Have a listen, and look at her cartoon characters.  You can't help but smile.


The Metzinger Sisters said...

What praise from Chuck Jones! So sad to lose both June Foray and Jeanne Moreau in one week, but at least both women had long and happy lives. June's voice will live on in countless programs.

Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

I agree, it's always wonderful to know that such a long life can be so well lived.

Caftan Woman said...

A lovely tribute. June was such an impressive talent, and beloved by generations and generations of fans, and of fans to come.

Sue Bursztynski said...

She did Rocky, of course, and Granny. As I recall, she was also the voice of a scary doll in an episode of The Twilight Zonem so there was an interview with her on my Twilight Zone DVD. Sad!

Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

CW and Sue, thanks for helping me to remember a great entertainer. Perhaps her greatest tribute is the affectionate way her fans will remember her.

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