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Happy Birthday June Foray

I snapped the photo above earlier this past week. I was on one side of a glass wall, inside the studio on the other side director Mark Evanier (back to camera) is rehearsing lines with actress June Foray prior to taping a new episode of Garfield.

There’s June, still vital and a giving a classic cartoon performance, still a legend and one of the greats in the business. No one can replace what she brings to a character.

Today is her birthday. Happy Birthday June. I look forward to posting this greeting to you for years to come!

  • Happy Birthday to the Queen! It’s wonderful to see she is still doing what she loves. Every time I hear her doing something new it amazes and pleases me to know my daughter is growing up listening to someone who made my childhood so memorable.

  • Brandon

    Happy Birthday, June! I have read your autobiography, and it’s awesome! I love the story you told about how you got your star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

  • Hail to the Queen of Cartoons! So good that you are still rockin’ the mic. You are one of the nicest people in animation on either side of the Pacific. And you are the finest voice actor still alive and working on either side of the Pacific. Happy Birthday!

  • “June Foray isn’t the female Mel Blanc, Mel Blanc was the male June Foray” Chuck Jones

    Happy Birthday to the First Lady of Animation!!!

  • Paul N

    Happy birthday June! I’ll never forget the time I met her, such a sweet, wonderful person. Best wishes for many, many more!

  • Hard to believe she’s 94.

  • Dave Mackey

    June Foray is the gold standard of voice acting, and a real champion of animation as a continuing and vibrant art form through her work with ASIFA. Happy Birthday to a marvelous marvelous lady!

  • Abigail

    Happy Birthday June! You’re an inspiration! I’m amazed you still work nowadays and can even become characters like Granny and Rocky decades later! I’d love to meet and/or work with you some day!

    And eat some cake!

  • 2011 Senior Citizen

    Which show of Garfield? There has been two.

    • Justin Delbert

      It’s probably the new one considering that Jerry Beck said he took the picture earlier this week. Anyway, Happy Birthday June Foray!

  • 2011 Senior Citizen

    Happy Birthday, June.

  • James Cimarusti

    And now, Here’s something you’ll really like…Happy Birthday grettings,Dahling!

    Thank you for not catching Moose and Squirrel, for protecting a sweet little birdie from that mean ol’ puddy tat,rooting for Tom Slick,being the cutest (and only!) smurfette in smurf village, and not coming to harm from the fire breathing dragon, Ma’am (“He burned me already”), among many, many other fine accomplishments. Many happy returns on your day and that you give voice to many more.

    • James Cimarusti

      Oops…Make that Jokey Smurf for Smurfette ;) but she’s still cute!

  • Bugsmer

    Happy birthday, June Foray!

  • Happy Birthday June! It warms my heart knowing that you’re still continuing what you love most. You truly are the Queen of Voice Actors.

  • Vixie

    Happy birthday to one of the all time greats in animation! What a great talent, and what a great legacy. I have a theory that working in animation makes you young, and seeing how long so many legends have lived makes me think there is something to it. May you have many more birthdays.

  • Happy birthday, June! Nice to see that she’s still doing voices.

  • Christine Panushka

    Happy Birthday June! thanks for all you do for our students.

  • David Shepherd

    Happy Birthday, June! You’re a whole lotta wonderful!

  • Happy birthday, June Foray! I hope it’s something you’ll REALLY like!

  • MichaelDair

    One Take June–

    Happy Birthday to a great lady!!

  • Greg Chenoweth

    Happy Birthday, June. Thank you for all the great voices over the years. I can just see Bullwinkle wanting to wish you birthday greetings by saying, “Hey, June, watch me pull a cake out of my hat.” Ms Foray replies, “Ah, Bullwinkle, that trick never works.” To which Mr. Moose says, “Sure it does. Now, let me button up my sleeve. . .” Rocky The Flying Squirrel’s head comes popping out of the hat. Bullwinkle says, “Looks like I got the right hat!”

    Happy Birthday, June.

  • KatellaGate

    Happy Birthday Miss Foray, and much love.

  • Lawrence

    I’ve actually met June personally at least twice in the last few years. The first time was at the L.A. Times Festival of Books at UCLA, where she was promoting her (then) new autobiography. Being a big Rocky and Bullwinkle fan myself, I decided, on a spur of the moment, to draw a scribble of Rocky to give to her (I’m a cartoonist myself, by the way.) I kinda felt bad that I didn’t put much time or effort into it, so when I heard she was going to be at a special screening of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” in my neck of the woods (which would be Culver City), I quickly spent several hours on a full-colored pencil drawing of Rocky and Bullwinkle, and she was absolutely delighted when I gave it to her. Well, I wish her a happy birthday as well.

  • Happy Birthday, lovely June!

  • SHe;’s known for her vintage Rocky cartoons, but yet like everyone one else wound up on the IMHO inferioir, later hits like the Smurfs..but anyway see MY facebook link. BTW Of coruse you have to add about Earl Kress’s passing..too [She’s still alive, he, sadly ain’t.:(] RIP

  • all my best wishes, june – happy birthday!

  • The Scarlet Pumpernickel

    This day should be known to us animation fans as JUNE FORAY DAY.
    I hereby wish the happiest of happy birthdays to one lovely lady and LOTS of fine voices.

  • Sarah

    Happy Birthday June Foray! May you forever give us Cindy Lou Who, Rocky and Natasha, Granny, Jokey Smurf (btw whoever posted that she played Smurfette, that was Lucille Bliss), and Dorothy Gale (Off to See the Wizard).

  • Happy Birthday.

  • Bill

    June, you will always be the best. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

  • Happy Birthday from Springfield, Mass., the town of your birth! All the best to a great lady!

  • Tom Minton

    Happy birthday, June! And many, many more.

  • A most happy birthday to you, June!

  • rnigma

    Of her rare forays (sorry) into live action, my favorite is her turn as the evil high priestess in “Sabaka” (the theatrical movie which featured the Gunga Ram character from “Smilin’ Ed’s Gang” – where June voiced Midnight the cat). And she looked hot!

  • swac

    Happy birthday, June! I’m going to drink a tequila mockingbird in your honour.