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  • Chris Beachum
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    NoHo Arts District, CA August 29th, 2013
    The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors has
    voted to bestow its prestigious Governors Award this year to prolific
    and Emmy® Award-winning voice actress June Foray.  The announcement was made by Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum.

    Ms.
    Foray has enjoyed a show business career that has spanned more than
    eighty years, and for sixty of them, she has been one of the most famous
    and beloved voices in animation.  Often referred to as “The First Lady
    of Cartoon Voices,” Ms. Foray has lent her voice to such famous
    characters as Rocky the Flying Squirrel
    and Natasha Fatale on “The Bullwinkle Show,” Nell Fenwick on “The Dudley
    Do-Right Show,” Cindy Lou Who in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,”
    Granny, the owner of Tweety and Sylvester on “The Bugs Bunny Show,” and
    Jokey Smurf on “The Smurfs.”  Most recently, Ms. Foray received the 2012
    Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for her
    work on “The Garfield Show.”  She continues working to this day,
    providing the voice of Granny on “The Looney Tunes Show” and Magica
    DeSpell for the “DuckTales: Remastered” video game.

    “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. “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.”

    Ms.
    Foray exhibited talent at an early age, appearing on local radio dramas
    as young as 12 years old.  By the time she was 15, she was working
    steadily on a wide array of series playing roles that were often much
    older than her.  After graduating high school, Ms. Foray moved out to
    Los Angeles to focus on radio full time.  Once television came along,
    Ms. Foray landed roles on Johnny Carson’s first TV series, “Carson’s
    Cellar,” and dozens of other programs including “Andy’s Gang.”  One of
    her first animated roles was voicing the character of Lucifer the Cat in
    1950 for Disney’s “Cinderella.”  This led to many more Disney roles for
    Ms. Foray, both in front of the microphone and also posing occasionally
    as a model to aid the animators.  In addition to animated roles, Ms.
    Foray’s voice was also heard on hundreds of live-action TV shows,
    including “Baretta,” “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Green Acres” and “The
    Twilight Zone”. She has been heard (but not seen) in dozens of motion
    pictures including “Jaws,” “Bells Are Ringing,” “The Hospital” and “The
    Comic.”

    Created
    in 1978, the Governors Award salutes an individual, company or
    organization that has made a substantial impact and demonstrated the
    extraordinary use of television. A Governors Award Selection Committee
    presents up to seven candidates for the Board of Governors’ review and
    final vote.  There is a possibility of one or no award every year.   The
    award will be presented during the 2013 Creative Arts Emmy® Awards on
    Sunday, September 15th, at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.  A two-hour, edited
    presentation of the Creative Arts Emmys will air Saturday, September
    21st at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) on FXX.

     

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    Film Turtle
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    Great news! It’s a bit shocking that Ms. Foray has gone virtually unrecognized by the Emmys throughout her storied career.

    The voiceover Emmy really should go back to being a juried award. 

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    That Don Guy
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    Great news! It’s a bit shocking that Ms. Foray has gone virtually unrecognized by the Emmys throughout her storied career.

    The voiceover Emmy really should go back to being a juried award. 

    Remember, the voiceover Emmy didn’t exist until 1992.  What has she done since then that has stood out?

    If the story that the voiceover Emmy category began as a consolation prize for The Simpsons not being able to enter the Comedy Series categories, then it’s ironic that she was on The Simpsons once, but back before the category existed (she played the “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper Babysitting Service” phone operator (using what sounded like, for lack of a better way to describe it, her Witch Hazel voice) in the Babysitter Bandit episode).

    As for making the category a juried award again – any particular reason why?  If it’s a question of allowing for multiple winners, why not make it an area?

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