Disney Voice Actress June Foray Passed Away This Week

Earlier this week we shared with you that Imagineer Marty Skylar had passed away. But, this morning I realized, Marty wasn’t the only Disney great we lost this past week. On Wednesday July 26, 99 year old voice actress June Foray, the First Lady of Animated Voicing, passed away.  Initially all I knew about June was what the local radio was telling me, that she was a key voice in Rocky and Bullwinkle (Rocky J Squirell and Natasha), various voices on  Looney Tunes (Granny and Hazel) and Merry Melodies shorts, the Flintstones (Granny and various others), Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (Aunt May) and The Grinch That Stole Christmas (Cindy Lou Who.)  It wasn’t until I saw a post by Disney great Margaret Kerry that I realized June also had an amazing Disney connection.
Born June Lucille Forer in Springfield, Mass. on September 18, 1917, June did vocal work in local radio starting at the age of 12. Eventually she and her family moved to Los Angeles where she continued to work in radio while attending high school.  June was a longtime supporter of the animation industry and she is “credited with coming up with the idea for the Annie Awards” and she also lobbied for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to recognize animated films.



June’s work with Disney films is what credited for getting June into animation voice work. From Variety.com “Foray got her start in the animation business when someone from the Walt Disney studio called her to ask if she could do the voice of a cat. “Well, I could do anything,” recalled Foray in an interview with Variety. “So he hired me as Lucifer the cat in ‘Cinderella,’ and then I started to work for Disney.” Much of her work for Disney was uncredited, including work as a mermaid and squaw in “Peter Pan.” But she starred as the voice of Hazel the Witch in the 1952 Donald Duck short “Trick or Treat,” using a voice that would later morph into “Looney Tunes” character Witch Hazel. She would often say that she voiced a long litany of cartoon witches, many of them named Hazel.” June’s work with Disney spans all the way from Cinderella to Mulan 2. Most notably readers will probably remember her as Grammi Gummi, Grandmother Fa, Magica De Spell, Mrs. Beagle and Magica De Spell. But she also lent her voice to famous Disney characters in Cinderella, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Susie the Little Blue Coupe, and Lambert the Sheepish Lion. She also voiced Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in the last Oswald short ever to be made, which was a non-Disney produced and made short. Below is list of Disney characters (and Oswald)  June voiced from 1943 until 2013.

  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit- The Egg Cracker Suite (1943) – Made by Walter Lanz Productions, not Disney
  • Lucifer – Cinderella (1950)
  • Spike’s wife / Various kids – Let’s Stick Together (1952)
  • Mrs. Sheep / Lambert (purring and meowing) / Lambs / Sheep (voice)  – Lambert the Sheepish Lion (1952)
  • Susie – Susie the Little Blue Coupe (1952)
  • Hazel the Witch – Trick or Treat (1952)
  • The Dame – How to Be a Detective (1952)
  • Mermaid / Squaw  – Peter Pan (1953)
  • Mrs. Geef / Goofy Jr. – Father’s Week-end (1953)
  • Hazel the Witch – DTV Monster Hits (1987)
  • Wheezy / Lena Hyena – Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  • Grammi Gummi and other characters with only one appearance- Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985-1991)
  • Ma Beagle, Magica De Spell, Mrs. Featherby – DuckTales (1987-1990)
  • Mrs. Featherby – DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990)
  • Ma Barker – Bonkers (1993)
  • Grandmother Fa – Mulan and Mulan Story Studio (1998)
  • Grandmother Fa – Mulan 2 (2004)
  • Magica De Spell – DuckTales: Remastered (2013)

 

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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