Performer June Foray was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on September 18, 1917. She started work as a radio performer in a youthful age. As an adult, she branched out into animated movies and television shows, supplying the voices for characters including Rocky the Squirrel and Witch Hazel. Her work appears in several classic Disney, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera productions.
She started giving voice work to local radio stations as a young teen. Upon graduating from high school, she moved along with her family to La, California.
Foray shortly found a radio career on the West Coast, with regular appearances on national show, including The Jimmy Durante Show.
In the 1940s, Foray started to work in movies, mostly voicing animated characters. She played Lucifer the Cat in the Walt Disney Picture Cinderella as well as a mermaid in Peter Pan. She also brought to Woody Woodpecker cartoons and played the character of Granny in the Tweety and Sylvester show. Foray additionally worked on several Hanna Barbera shows, including The Flintstones, Tom and Jerry and The Jetsons. She played Rocky and Natasha, two of the leading characters, on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Foray also supplied the voice of the first “Chatty Cathy” doll.
Foray continues to be publicly recognized for her contributions to film and television. In 1995, the Hollywood chapter of the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation created the June Foray Award, which will be given to “people who’ve made a major and philanthropic or charitable effect on the art and business of animation.”
Modern writers and animators also have honored Foray, who is a guest star on The Simpsons and Family Guy in parts referencing her earlier work.
In 2000, she reprised her role as Rocky in the live action/CGI animated movie The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. In 2011, she again played Granny on the Cartoon Network show The Looney Tunes Show. Foray won an Emmy Award the next year for her performance as Mrs. Cauldron on The Garfield Show.
Both wed in 1954 and stayed together until Donavan’s departure in 1976.