The woman who paved the way for voice actresses everywhere is being recognized for her incredible work and impact in the industry. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors has selected June Foray as the recipient for the 2013 Governors Award.

The multi award-winning voice-over actress has enjoyed a career spanning more than eighty years which encompassed radio, theatrical shorts, feature films, television, record albums, video games, talking toys and other forms of media.  Sixty of those years were dedicated to voicing some of the most famous and beloved characters in animation.

The “First Lady of Cartoon Voices,” was the first actress to perform voice-over roles of the opposite gender. Once referred to as “The female Mel Blanc,” Chuck Jones was once said, “June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc. Mel Blanc was the male June Foray.”

She has lent her voice to countless characters including Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale on The Bullwinkle Show, Jokey Smurf on The Smurfs, Nell Fenwick on The Dudley Do-Right Show, Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Granny, the owner of Tweety and Sylvester on The Bugs Bunny Show.

She also worked with Hanna-Barbera voicing characters on The Flintstones, Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, and The Jetsons. In more recent years she’s been heard on The Simpsons and Adventure Time.  Now 95 years old, she continues working to this day reprising her role as Granny on the new episodes of The Looney Tunes Show and is the voice for Magica DeSpell in The DuckTales: Remastered video game.

Foray was also one of the founding members of ASIFA-Hollywood, a society devoted to promoting and encouraging the art of animation which hosts the annual Annie Awards among others.

“Each year the Board of Governors recognizes a person or organization whose contributions to our industry will forever live on,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum in a press release issued yesterday. “June Foray absolutely embodies everything that this honor represents. A legend and a pioneer, June is not only in a class of her own, but she literally created that class. There is simply no one more deserving of this honor.”

Foray will be presented with the Governors Award during the 2013 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 15th, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. A two-hour, edited presentation of the Creative Arts Emmys will air Saturday, September 21st at 9:00 PM (ET/PT).  The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 22nd at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.

Source: EmmysTV / Wikipedia

Image: Beyond the Marquee

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