June Foray, the voice of Rocky the Fly­ing Squir­rel, dies at 99

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

You might not have known ac­tress June Foray by name, but if you grew up watch­ing clas­sic car­toons from the 1960s, you al­most cer­tainly know her voice. Foray, who died overnight at age 99, was the voice of Rocky the Fly­ing Squir­rel and his Cold War enemy Natasha Fa­tale on “The Rocky and Bull­win­kle Show.”

“We are mourn­ing the pass­ing of an­i­ma­tion’s best friend,” said Jerry Beck, the pres­i­dent of the an­i­ma­tion trade group ASIFA-Hol­ly­wood, of which Foray was a found­ing mem­ber. “She has touched so many lives: with her voice of so many clas­sic car­toon char­ac­ters, her ef­forts to cre­ate ASIFA, to main­tain the Acad­emy’s Os­car for Best An­i­mated Short and her lead­er­ship in craft­ing the cat­e­gory of Best An­i­mated Fea­ture. She was one of a kind. A trail­blazer, a great tal­ent and a truly won­der­ful per­son. We will never for­get her.”

Foray was also a part of one of the most beloved hol­i­day spe­cials of all time, play­ing Cindy Lou Who in “How the Grinch Stole Christ­mas,” for which she won a Grammy in 1968. She also brought life to Granny from “The Bugs Bunny Show,” creepy doll Talky Tina of “The Twi­light Zone” and Jokey from “The Smurfs.”

Foray is also cred­ited with com­ing up with the idea for the An­nies, the awards show for the an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try, a tra­di­tion that be­gan in 1972. She won four An­nies her­self, in­clud­ing two con­sec­u­tive tro­phies for her work on “The Sylvester & Tweety Mys­ter­ies” in 1997 and 1998.


June Foray, voice of Rocky the Fly­ing Squir­rel and hun­dreds of other char­ac­ters, died Wed­nes­day. She was 99.

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