âJune Foray is not the female Mel Blanc,â said Chuck Jones, the legendary animator who proposed her star on Hollywoodâs Walk of Fame. âMel Blanc was the male June Foray.â
On the big screen, she was Lucifer the cat in Walt Disneyâs âCinderellaâ (1950), a mermaid and a squaw in âPeter Panâ (1953), and Wheezy Weasel and Lena Hyena in âWho Framed Roger Rabbitâ (1988). On television, she was Cindy-Lou Who in âHow the Grinch Stole Christmasâ (1966); Ursula in âGeorge of the Jungleâ (1967); and Aunt May Parker in âSpider-Man and His Amazing Friendsâ (1981-83).
She also breathed sinister spirit into a doll in a memorable 1963 âTwilight Zoneâ episode, telling a little girlâs stepfather, played by Telly Savalas, âMy name is Talky Tina, and Iâm going to kill you.â
Ms. Foray portrayed grannies, witches, a fortuneteller, innocent girls, sultry femmes and menageries of anthropomorphic chipmunks, cats, woodpeckers, mice, beagles and other cartoon characters in the adventures of Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Mr. Magoo, Sylvester and Tweety, Yogi Bear, the Flintstones, the Incredible Hulk, the Smurfs and the Simpsons.
But the cognoscenti said she was at her peak for Rocket J. Squirrel (a. k. a. Rocky the flying squirrel) and his curvaceous adversary, Natasha Fatale, on the proudly two-dimensional cliffhanger chronicles of âRocky and His Friendsâ (later âThe Bullwinkle Showâ) from 1959 to 1964. In other segments, she played Nell Fenwick, the prim girlfriend of the handsome, muddle-headed Mountie Dudley Do-Right.
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