Cartoon voice legend June Foray to get TV academy's Governors Award

June Foray, the woman whose voice can be heard coming from Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Cindy Lou Who and many grannies and witches in countless cartoons over the years will be honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences next month with a Governors Award.

Foray, who began voice acting at age 12 on radio dramas and graduated to the big screen in 1943 with an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short, will receive the award at the academy's Creative Arts Emmys ceremony Sept. 15 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown L.A.

During the course of the actress' 80-year career, she's voiced iconic characters, such as Rocky and his arch enemy Natasha Fatale, as well as the scheming Magica De Spell in the "Ducktales" series, the kindly Granny, owner of both Sylvester and Tweety Bird in the "Looney Tunes" shorts, and the cackling Witch Hazel, who always had it in for Bugs Bunny.

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She's done voices for Disney classics, such as "Cinderella" and "Peter Pan," modern hits such as "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" and even blockbusters such as "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Jaws."

Currently she can be heard on "The Looney Tunes Show" and in the "DuckTales: Remastered" video game.

In a statement, academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum said, "Each year the Board of Governors recognizes a person or organization whose contributions to our industry will forever live on. 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."

As recently as last year, Foray won a Daytime Emmy for her voice acting work on "The Garfield Show."


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