Tara Strong

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Tara Strong
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Strong in 2012
Born
Tara Lyn Charendoff

(1973-02-12) February 12, 1973 (age 46)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CitizenshipCanadian, American
OccupationVoice actress, actress
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)
Craig Strong(m. 2000)
[1]
Children2

Tara Lyn Strong (née Charendoff; born February 12, 1973) [1] is a Canadian-American actress who has done voice work for numerous animations and video games and performed in various live-action productions. Many of her major voice roles include animated series such as Rugrats , The Powerpuff Girls , The Fairly OddParents , Drawn Together , Ben 10 , Chowder , Teen Titans and its spin-off Teen Titans Go! , DC Super Hero Girls and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as well as video games such as Mortal Kombat X , Final Fantasy X and X-2 and the Batman: Arkham series. Her portrayals have garnered nominations in the Annie Awards and Daytime Emmys, and an award from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.

Voice acting act of doubling a character in an animated movie or to voice-over

Voice acting is the art of performing voice-overs or providing voices to represent a character or to provide information to an audience or user. Examples include animated, off-stage, off-screen or non-visible characters in various works, including feature films, dubbed foreign language films, animated short films, television programs, commercials, radio or audio dramas, comedy, video games, puppet shows, amusement rides, audiobooks and documentaries. Voice acting is also done for small handheld audio games.

<i>Rugrats</i> childrens television series

Rugrats is an American animated children's television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon. The show focuses on a group of toddlers, most prominently Tommy, Chuckie, twins Phil and Lil, and Angelica, and their day-to-day lives, usually involving life experiences that become much greater adventures in the imaginations of the main characters.

The Powerpuff Girls is an American superhero animated television series created by animator Craig McCracken and produced by Hanna-Barbera for Cartoon Network. The show centers on Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, three kindergarten-aged girls with superpowers, as well as their father and creator, a scientist named Professor Utonium. The girls all live in the fictional city of Townsville, USA and are frequently called upon by the city's mayor to help fight nearby criminals using their powers.

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Early life and career

Strong was born on February 12, 1973, in Toronto, Ontario, to Syd and Lucy Charendoff. Her family, Jews who lived in Russia, had immigrated to Canada after escaping the Anti-Jewish pogroms in the Russian Empire. [2] Her parents ran a candy and novelty store called The Wiz, and Syd had also worked as a pharmacist. Tara and her older sister Marla were raised in Toronto. At age four, she became interested in acting and volunteered to be a soloist at a school production. [3] She worked with the Yiddish Theater; though she did not know the Yiddish language, she memorized her lines phonetically. She also performed with the Toronto Jewish Theater (TJA), where she acted in A Night of Stars and was featured in an audiotape for "Lay Down Your Arms" with the Habonim Youth Choir, where she sang the lyrics in both English and Hebrew. [3]

Toronto Provincial capital city in Ontario, Canada

Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the most populous city in Canada, with a population of 2,731,571 in 2016. Current to 2016, the Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA), of which the majority is within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), held a population of 5,928,040, making it Canada's most populous CMA. Toronto is the fastest growing city in North America, and is the anchor of an urban agglomeration, known as the Golden Horseshoe in Southern Ontario, located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

Jews in Russia have historically constituted a large religious diaspora; the vast territories of the Russian Empire at one time hosted the largest population of Jews in the world. Within these territories the primarily Ashkenazi Jewish communities of many different areas flourished and developed many of modern Judaism's most distinctive theological and cultural traditions, while also facing periods of anti-Semitic discriminatory policies and persecutions. The largest group among Russian Jews are Ashkenazi Jews, but the community also includes a significant proportion of other non-Ashkenazi from other Jewish diaspora including Mountain Jews, Sephardic Jews, Crimean Karaites, Krymchaks, Bukharan Jews, and Georgian Jews.

"Lay Down Your Arms" is a peace song originally in Hebrew language as תפילה לשלום composed by the Israeli Doron B. Levinson in 1973 in the aftermath of Yom Kippur War when Levinson was temporarily blind at the time, having been injured during the war. The Hebrew lyrics are by Hamutal Ben Zeev-Efron. The song is a tribute to a fallen Israeli soldier. The lyrics written by Hamutal Ben Zeev-Efron are inspired by the Isaiah (2:4) that says "And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they teach their children war anymore".

Her first professional role was Gracie in Limelight Theater's production of The Music Man at age 13. [3] She had a guest role in the action series T. and T. Her first major cartoon role was the title role in Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater . [4] [5] She starred in the short-lived CBC Television sitcom Mosquito Lake . [3] She took improv classes at The Second City in Toronto [4] and continued acting in both animated and live-action shows and films, before moving to Los Angeles in January 1994. [6] [7]

<i>The Music Man</i> 1957 musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson

The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naive Midwestern townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band. Harold is no musician, however, and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons. Prim librarian and piano teacher Marian sees through him, but when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, Marian begins to fall in love. Harold risks being caught to win her.

T. and T. is a Canadian television series, in production from 1987 to 1990. The series premiered in first-run syndication in January 1988, later moving to new episodes on the Family Channel in 1990. It was a starring vehicle for Mr. T, after the cancellation of The A-Team in 1987. The show was co-produced by Canadian animation firm Nelvana, alongside Hal Roach Studios and successor Qintex Entertainment.

<i>Hello Kittys Furry Tale Theater</i> television series

Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater is a Japanese American Canadian co-produced animated series based on the Japanese character, Hello Kitty. The series involved her and her friends doing their own version of popular fairy tales and stories. Each of the 13 episodes consisted of two 11-minute cartoons, for a total of 26 "shows"; each show was a spoof of a well-known fairy tale or movie.

Acting and voice-over career

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Tara Strong at Comic-Con San Diego, 2009

Strong is the voice of numerous animated characters, including main roles in Fillmore! as Ingrid Third; The Fairly OddParents as Timmy Turner and Poof; Rugrats and All Grown Up! as Dil Pickles; The Powerpuff Girls as Bubbles; Ben 10 as Ben Tennyson, Upgrade, Blitzwolfer, and Buzzshock; Chowder as Truffles; Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go! as Raven; Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends as Terrence; the singing voice of Meg Griffin and additional voices on Family Guy ; My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as Twilight Sparkle, and Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz as Joanni.

<i>Fillmore!</i> television series

Fillmore! is an American animated television series created by Scott M. Gimple for ABC and, later, Toon Disney. A parody of popular police dramas of the 1970s, Fillmore! is centered on reformed juvenile delinquent, Cornelius Fillmore and his new partner, Ingrid Third, members of the Safety Patrol at X Middle School. The series was aimed at preteens, but also skewed an older audience with its '70s references.

<i>The Fairly OddParents</i> American animated television series

The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the everyday misadventures and endeavors of Timmy Turner, a 10-year-old boy with two fairy godparents named Cosmo and Wanda. He is constantly at odds with his 16-year-old babysitter Vicky, with whom his parents are oblivious to her malevolent doings against their son. It was produced by Frederator Studios (2001–2017), Nickelodeon Animation Studio and Billionfold Inc. (2008–2017).

<i>All Grown Up!</i> television program

All Grown Up! is an American animated television series that aired on Nickelodeon from 2003 until 2008. Created by Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó, the series is a continuation of their popular children's show Rugrats, the series explores the daily lives of Tommy Pickles and his childhood friends, now adolescents. The concept for the series was based on the episode "All Growed Up," which served as the series' 10th anniversary special and proved successful with audiences. The series ran from April 12, 2003 to August 12, 2008, for a total of five seasons, and featured voice actors from the original series.

She has also lent her voice to English-language localizations of Japanese anime such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke , as well as several video games, including her work as Elisa and Ursula in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops ; Paz Ortega Andrade in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker , Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes , and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain ; Rikku in Final Fantasy X , its sequel Final Fantasy X-2 , and Kingdom Hearts II ; Talwyn Apogee in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and its sequel, Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty ; Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkham City , replacing Arleen Sorkin from the franchise; and Juliet Starling, the main character of Lollipop Chainsaw . She also has a minor voiceover for the Teddy Bear; Ted in the motion picture Ted.

<i>Spirited Away</i> 2001 Japanese animated film directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated coming-of-age fantasy film. It was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network, Dentsu, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Tohokushinsha Film and Mitsubishi and distributed by Toho. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tsunehiko Kamijō, Takehiko Ono, and Bunta Sugawara. Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro Ogino (Hiiragi), a moody 10-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighbourhood, enters the world of Kami (spirits) of Japanese Shinto folklore. After her parents are transformed into pigs by the witch Yubaba (Natsuki), Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba's bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world.

<i>Princess Mononoke</i> film

Princess Mononoke is a 1997 Japanese animated epic historical fantasy war film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network and Dentsu, and distributed by Toho. The film stars the voices of Yōji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yūko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi, Masahiko Nishimura, Tsunehiko Kamijo, Akihiro Miwa, Mitsuko Mori and Hisaya Morishige.

<i>Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops</i> 2006 video game

Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, officially abbreviated MPO, is an action-adventure stealth video game developed by Kojima Productions and published by Konami in 2006 for the PlayStation Portable. The game was directed by Masahiro Yamamoto and written by Gakuto Mikumo, with series creator Hideo Kojima acting as producer.

She has appeared in live roles in National Lampoon's Senior Trip , Sabrina Goes to Rome , Sabrina Down Under , and The Last White Dishwasher . She also made guest appearances on such shows as Forever Knight , Street Legal , Touched by an Angel , Take Home Chef , Party of Five , Comic Book: The Movie , Kung Fu: The Legend Continues , and 3rd Rock from the Sun . [8] In January 2013, she voiced the character Plum in Cartoon Hangover's Bravest Warriors , created by Pendleton Ward. She has the role of the character Miss Collins in Nickelodeon's live-action series Big Time Rush . [9]

<i>National Lampoons Senior Trip</i> 1995 film by Alan Smithee, Kelly Makin

National Lampoon's Senior Trip is a 1995 American comedy film for the National Lampoon magazine franchise, directed by Kelly Makin. It marked Jeremy Renner's film debut.

<i>Sabrina Goes to Rome</i> 1998 television film directed by Tibor Takács

Sabrina Goes to Rome is a 1998 television film produced for ABC. The film is a part of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV series franchise and is the second TV film made for the series following the 1996 Sabrina the Teenage Witch film, which was produced before the TV series went into production.

<i>Sabrina Down Under</i> 1998 television film

Sabrina Down Under is a 1999 television film produced for ABC. It is a sequel to Sabrina Goes to Rome and is a companion to the Sabrina the Teenage Witch television series.

In 2004, she won an Interactive Achievement Award for her role as Rikku in Final Fantasy X-2 . [10] [11] She also served as the announcer for the 1999 Kids' Choice Awards, appeared as a guest panelist at several fan conventions (including BotCon, Jacon, Comic-Con International, and Anime Overdose), and was featured on the front cover of the July/August 2004 issue of Working Mother magazine, in which she said, "My son is now old enough to respond to my work. To me, that's what it is all about." [12] Strong has been nominated five times for Annie Awards. [13] [14] [15] [16]

In 2013, Strong won the Shorty Award for "Best #Actress" for her use of social media. [17] The Behind the Voice Actors website selected her for a BTVA Voice Acting Award for Voice Actress of the Year for 2013, [18] and nominated her for the 2011 and 2012 years. [19] [20]

Personal life

Strong was the roommate of actress Neve Campbell. They both auditioned for the role of Julia in the 1990s TV series Party of Five , and Campbell ultimately won the role. [21] Strong did appear in one episode playing Lorna. [22]

In 1999, she met Craig Strong, an American former actor turned real estate agent; [23] they were married on May 14, 2000. They have two sons: Sammy (born February 2002) and Aden (born August 2004). [24] Their family resides in Los Angeles, where they run VoiceStarz, an Internet-based company that teaches people how to get into the voice-over business. [25] She has citizenship in both Canada and the United States. [26] Strong and her husband developed and patented a line of baby bottles with caps that their user can set to note the calendar date for breast milk storage. [27] [28]

She was involved with a charity group called Bronies for Good where she helped raise funds for a family whose daughter had a brain tumor. [6] [29] In 2012, during the BronyCon event in New Jersey, she attended a lunch with fans from the military. [30]

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