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Tara Lyn Strong (nee Charendoff)[1] is a Canadian-American voice actress on The Angry Beavers.

Early life and career

Strong was born on February 12, 1973, in Toronto, Ontario to Syd and Lucy Charendoff. Her parents ran a convenience store called The Wiz, and Syd had also worked as a pharmacist. She 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.[2] 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.[2]

Her first professional role was Gracie in Limelight Theater's production of The Music Man at age 13.[2] 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.[3][4] She starred in the short-lived CBC Television sitcom Mosquito Lake.[2] She took improv classes at The Second City in Toronto[3] and continued acting in both animated and live-action shows and films, before moving to Los Angeles in January 1994.[5][6]

Personal life

Strong was the roommate of actress Neve Campbell. They both auditioned for the same role of Julia in the 1990s TV series Party of Five, though Campbell ultimately won the role.[7] However, Strong appeared in an episode as the character Lorna.[8]

In 1999, she met Craig Strong, a former American actor-turned real estate agent;[9] they married on May 14, 2000. They have two sons: Sammy (born 2002) and Aden (born 2004).[10] 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.[11] 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.[12][13]

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.[5][14] In 2012, during the BronyCon event in New Jersey, she attended a lunch with fans from the military.[15]

References

  1. Mulman, Doreen. "Stats and Agency Info". TOTS: The Official Tara Strong. MKBMemorial.com.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Mulman, Doreen. "Early Career". TOTS – The Official Tara Strong. MKBMemorial.com.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mulman, Doreen. "FAQ 2008". TOTS: The Official Tara Strong. MKBMemorial.com.
  4. Lewis, Maria (April 10, 2014). "Voice of Bubbles Tara Strong reveals she wanted a black Powerpuff Girl". Mail Online.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Stern, Cara (November 4, 2013). "Versatile voice is key to success". Canadian Jewish News.
  6. "About Tara Strong". VoiceStarz.
  7. Wilson, Nicole. "10 Little Known Facts About". Answers.com.
  8. Stower, Caitlin (October 22, 2014). "13 facts you never knew about the iconic 90s show, Party of Five.". iVillage. Australia.
  9. "TFW2005 Interviews Transformers Animated Voice Actor Tara Strong". Transformer World 2005. February 22, 2008.
  10. Mulman, Doreen. "Strong Family Photo Album 2004". MKBMemorial.com.
  11. Strong, Tara. "VoiceStarz Los Angeles Voice-Over class". VoiceStarz.
  12. Hartman, Butch and Julieann (June 16, 2011). Voice Actress Tara Strong. YouTube.
  13. "Patent US8020507 – Food storage and management system". Google Patents.
  14. Broverman, Aaron (February 15, 2013). "Tara Strong, 'My Little Pony' Voice Actor, Talks Bronies And Evolution Of Twilight Sparkle". The Huffington Post.
  15. "HORSIN' AROUND: Military 'bronies' love rifles, 'My Little Pony'". Military Times. July 3, 2012.}

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