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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Voice Of Rocky The Squirrel Turns 95

June Foray, in November 1967, is the voice behind many famous animated characters. (AP)

In her decades as a voice actress, June Foray has portrayed a multitude of animated characters: From Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale on “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” to Witch Hazel from Looney Tunes and Cindy Lou Who on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Voice actress June Foray turned 95 this month. (Denice Duff)

But up until this year, she had never won an Emmy. She picked up one in June for her role as Mrs. Cauldron on “The Garfield Show,” shortly before she celebrates her 95th birthday this month.

Foray is still working, and she spoke with Here & Now’s Robin Young about her career and why she prefers to stay behind the camera.

Interview Highlights:

On The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

“It was like going to a party everytime we had a recording session. There was no drinks, no alcohol, no donning of lampshades. But everybody ragged each other. We told jokes and Jay Ward the producer would join in, and he would say, ‘Well OK, let’s start recording.'”

On Turning 95

“I used to lie about my age because I don’t look it and I don’t sound it and I’m still working. And when I was 60 I looked like 35 or 40. And so I’ve always lied about my age. But some son of a gun put it on a computer. I don’t know how he got it.”

On Working Behind The Camera

“I’d rather do voice-overs. You don’t have to memorize lines, you can be in your slacks or jeans and work for two hours and make a couple of thousand bucks and go home and play with your dogs. It’s really wonderful. I love it.”


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