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Tara Lyn Charendoff-Strong (born February 12, 1973) is a Canadian American actress, voice-over artist, comedienne, musician, singer, and businesswoman, perhaps best known for her extensive voice acting in animated films and television.

Biography

Early life and career

Tara Lyn Charendoff was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, to Jewish Canadian parents Syd and Lucy Charendoff, both of her parents ran a convenience/toy/candy store called The Wiz. Strong's acting career began when she volunteered to be a soloist in the school production at age four. Soon, she began acting in the Yiddish Theater; though she didn't speak the Yiddish language, she memorized her lines phonetically. During this time, she also performed at the Toronto Jewish Theater, 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,[1] a feat she repeated on February 10, 2005, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel during the March of the Living dinner in honor of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.[1]

At age thirteen, Strong was accepted into a performing arts school, where she landed her first professional role: the role of Gracie in the Limelight Theater's production of The Music Man. That same year, she booked a guest starring role in Mr. T's T. and T. Afterwards, she landed the title role in Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater and starred in the short-lived CBC Television sitcom Mosquito Lake before moving to Los Angeles in the midst of the 1994 Northridge earthquake.[1]

Strong is the voice behind a multitude of North American animated characters, including main roles in The New Batman Adventures as Batgirl; Fillmore! as Ingrid Third; Rugrats and All Grown Up! as Dil Pickles; The Powerpuff Girls as Bubbles; Ben 10 as Ben Tennyson, Upgrade, Benwolf, and Buzzshock; The Fairly OddParents as Timmy Turner and Poof; Xiaolin Showdown as Omi; Teen Titans as Raven; Drawn Together as Princess Clara and Toot Braunstein; The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World as Hip/Lemmy and Hop/Iggy Koopa; Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends as Terrence; Transformers Animated as Sari Sumdac, Slipstream, Slo-Mo, Strika, Red Alert, Mayor Edsel's press secretary, and additional voices; Sym-Bionic Titan as Ilana Lunas; Chowder as Truffles, the singing voice of Meg Griffin and additional voices on Family Guy; and currently voices Betty Boop in commercials with Tress MacNeille.

She has also lent her voice to Japanese anime such as Spirited Away, Sailor Moon, Shaman King, 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; Seth Balmore in Lost Odyssey; Rikku in Final Fantasy X, its sequel Final Fantasy X-2, and Kingdom Hearts II; Norma Beatty in Tales of Legendia; and Talwyn Apogee in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and its sequel, Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (both of which reunite her with her Final Fantasy X/Drawn Together co-star James Arnold Taylor). Numerous sources have stated that she also voiced Bowser Jr. in Super Mario Sunshine and went uncredited for the role. She is currently known for having voice acted in the most cartoons, surpassing voice actor Tom Kenny.[2][unreliable source?]

She has appeared in live roles in National Lampoon's Senior Trip, Sabrina Goes to Rome, Sabrina, Down Under, Mosquito Lake, 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.[1] She appears as the character Miss Collins in Nickelodeon's live action series Big Time Rush. Strong has been nominated four times for an Annie Award, and once for a Daytime Emmy.[1]

In 2004, she won an Interactive Achievement Award for her role as Rikku in Final Fantasy X-2. She also served as the announcer for the 2000 Kids' Choice Awards, appeared as a guest 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, where she was quoted as saying "My son is now old enough to respond to my work. To me, that's what it's all about."[1] [3]

Personal life

Strong is Jewish, a vegetarian (having been raised kosher)[4] and has one sister, Marla Charendoff (born October 18, 1971). Strong's parents ran a candy/toy store business when Tara and Marla were growing up. Their mother Lucy died in 2004. Tara went to Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, class of 1991, after leaving high school she studied at The Second City in Toronto for two years before moving to Los Angeles in January 1994, Strong and actress Neve Campbell lived together when they both moved to Los Angeles at the same time, they have known each other since high school, they both auditioned for the same role in the hit 90s TV series Party of Five but the role of Julia was given to Neve but Tara started in a few episodes as Lorna. Her favorite color is blue. Her favorite films are The Wizard of Oz and Defending Your Life. Her favorite books are The Joy Luck Club, Like Water for Chocolate and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (favorite childhood book), she loves anything by Lewis Carroll and Amy Tan. She a huge fan of Judy Garland, in a 1998 interview with Hollywood.com she quoted "I would have liked to talk to Judy Garland in her prime. The Wizard of Oz is my all time favorite movie. She was wonderful .. I'd like to talk to her about what it was like to be famous back then." . She also takes classes in Cardio Barre to stay fit. Prior to her marriage, she was originally credited under her maiden name, Tara Charendoff. She is also good friends/acquaintances with fellow actors Cree Summer,[5] Rob Paulsen, Debi Derryberry, Elizabeth Daily, Tom Kenny, Cathy Cavadini, Jason Marsden, David Hayter, Jess Harnell, Greg Cipes, Richard Steven Horvitz, Seth MacFarlane (creator of Family Guy), Kevin Michael Richardson, James Arnold Taylor, Bumper Robinson, David Kaye, Neve Campbell, Jodi Benson, Phil LaMarr, Butch Hartman, John DiMaggio, Maria Canals Barrera, Dwight Schultz, Maurice LaMarche, Scott Menville, Rino Romano, Susan Egan, Craig McCracken, Melissa Joan Hart, and the late Mary Kay Bergman.[1]

Her favorite voices she has done during her voice-over career are Melody in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea as she is a fan of the original The Little Mermaid which is her favorite Disney film, Toot Braunstein in Drawn Together in a Comedy Central interview Strong quoted "Toot is the funniest character I have done, Toot lives in a fantasy world, insisting that she is still a beautiful sex symbol under the delusion that all the men want her" and Raven in Teen Titans in a interview she quoted "I love playing goth characters, out of all the goths I've played Raven is my favorite and I love it how she is half demon and half good girl which is so different from all the other goths I have played. And plus my sons love the show, they love any cartoon that is based on a comic book superhero".

She is married to American actor Craig Strong (on May 14, 2000); they have two sons - Sammy James Strong (born February 5, 2002), and Aden Joshua Strong (born August 25, 2004). She and Craig are the founders of VoiceStarz, Inc., an Internet-based company which teaches people how to get into the voice-over business, of which Craig is the CEO. Tara and Craig met in early 1999 at a party hosted by Sharon Stone's sister. They currently reside in Toluca Lake, California with their sons and their two dogs, Abbey and Baci. [1]

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Little Fox Additional Voices
1997 Princess Mononoke Kaya
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun
1998 The Rugrats Movie Dil Pickles
1998 Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island Lena
1999 Can of Worms Lula
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Batgirl/Barbara Gordon
2000 The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Melody
2000 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Dil Pickles
2001 Spirited Away Boh
2002 The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
2002 Ice Age Baby Moeritherium
2002 The Powerpuff Girls Movie Bubbles, Female Child 1, Female Citizen 1
2002 Tarzan & Jane Hazel
2002 Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring Nibbles
2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie
2003 The Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Two-Tone, additional voices
2003 Rugrats Go Wild Dil Pickles
2003 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Barbara Gordon
2004 The Toy Warrior
2005 The Batman vs. Dracula Vicki Vale
2005 Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone Mara
2005 The Proud Family Movie Bebe, Cece, Cashew
2006 Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas Priscilla Pig
2006 Bratz Genie Magic Katia
2006 Leroy & Stitch Angel [6]
2006 Superman: Brainiac Attacks Mercy Graves
2006 Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo Raven
2007 Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix Ben Tennyson
2007 Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams Sharma
2007 Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme April Strange
2007 TMNT Additional Voices
2007 The Aristocats II (Aborted) Marie
2008 Bolt Additional Voices
2008 The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning Adella and Andrina (various voices)
2008 Secrets of the Furious Five Young Tigress
2008 The Last White Dishwasher Tamara Swanson
2009 Wonder Woman Alexa
2010 The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! Princess Clara, Toot Braunstein, Betty Rubble, The "Real" Princess, Blonde Woman, Jew Producer's Wife
Television (Live action)
Year Film Role Notes
1986 Street Legal Angela
1986 Desiree's Wish Waitress
1988 T. and T. Sydney
1989 Mosquito Lake Tara Harrison
1991 Married to It Student in Pageant
1992 A Town Torn Apart
1992 The Judge Millie Waters
1992 Forever Knight
1993 Family Pictures
1993 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Elizabeth
1993 Ready or Not
1994 Reform School Girl
1994 Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story Terra (age 16)
1995 Skin Deep Tina
1995 National Lampoon's Senior Trip Carla Morgan
1995 Party of Five Lorna
1998 Sabrina Goes to Rome Gwen
1999 Sabrina, Down Under Gwen
1999 Touched by an Angel
1999 Black Mask Additional Voices
1999 Candid Camera
1999 1999 Kid's Choice Awards Presenter
2004 Comic Book: The Movie
2006 Take Home Chef Herself (live)
2007 The Bad Girls Club Season 2 Narrator
2008 According to Jim
2010 Big Time Rush Miss Collins
Television (Animation)
Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Care Bears
1986 Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater Hello Kitty
1987 Garbage Pail Kids Patty Putty
1987 Maxie's World
1987 My Pet Monster
1987 The Wild Puffalumps Holly
1989 Babar Young Celeste
1989 Beetlejuice Clare, Bertha
1990 The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 Lemmy "Hip" Koopa and Iggy "Hop" Koopa
1990 Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures
1990 Madeline Chloe
1990 Piggsburg Pigs!
1990 Tiny Toon Adventures Mizzy Devil
1991 Here's How!
1991 ProStars
1991 Super Mario World Lemmy "Hip" Koopa and Iggy "Hop" Koopa
1991 Wish Kid
1992 X-Men Magik
1993 The Incredible Dennis the Menace
1993 Tales from the Cryptkeeper
1994 Tekkaman Blade II Yumi Francois/Tekkaman Hiver
1995 Gadget Boy & Heather Heather
1995 Little Bear Tutu
1996 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Additional voices
1996 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Girl
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Kazrina
1997 101 Dalmatians: The Series Spot, Two-Tone
1997 Channel Umptee-3
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters Kylie Griffin
1997 Healthspells
1997 The New Batman Adventures Batgirl/Barbara Gordon
1997 Pepper Ann Brenda
1997 King of the Hill
1998 Rugrats Dil Pickles
1998 Gadget Boy's Adventures In History Heather
1998 The Powerpuff Girls Bubbles
1998 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Molly Dolly
1999 Detention Shareena Wickett
1999 The Kids from Room 402 Penny
1999 Recess Becky Benson
1999 Sonic Underground Additional Voices
2000 Clerks: The Animated Series Giggling Girl
2000 Sailor Moon S additional voices
2001 The Proud Family Bebe and Cece Proud, Puff
2001 The Fairly OddParents Timmy Turner, Poof, Britney Britney, Additional voices
2001 Lloyd in Space Cindy's Nice Head
2001 Thomas and Friends Bridgett Hatt
2002 Codename: Kids Next Door Mushi Sanban
2002 Fillmore! Ingrid Third
2002 Gotham Girls Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, Elizabeth Styles
2002 The Paz Show Rabbit
2002 Kim Possible Tara, Joss Possible, Britina
2002 Totally Spies! Various Characters
2002 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Terry/Alexandra Viggi/Trudy
2003 The Animatrix Crew Woman ("Final Flight of the Osiris") / Nurse ("World Record") / Misha ("Beyond")
2003 Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks Dannan 'O Mallard / Molly Winks
2003 Justice League Sera, Queen
2003 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Angel, Adult Lilo
2003 Shaman King Young Yoh
2003 Teen Titans Raven, Kitten, Kole, Jinx
2003 Xiaolin Showdown Omi
2003 All Grown Up! Dil Pickles
2004 Mack & Vanessa Melody
2004 Danny Phantom Ember McLain, Star, and Penelope Spectra
2004 Drawn Together Princess Clara, Toot Braunstein, Wilma Flintstone, Unusually Flexible Girl, Paper Baby
2004 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Terrence, Various Characters
2004 The Infinite Darcy
2004 Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Little Girl
2004 Megas XLR Pulsar, Comet
2005 American Dragon: Jake Long Kara & Sara, Veronica, Stacey
2005 Avatar: The Last Airbender Mai's mother, Actress Azula
2005 Ben 10 Ben Tennyson, Upgrade, Future Gwen, Buzzshock, Benwolf, Lucy, Ken Tennyson, Sandra Tennyson, Additional voices
2005 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Gabriella/Mom Howler
2005 The Buzz on Maggie Dawn Swatworthy
2005 Camp Lazlo Amber, Tootie, & Honey
2005 Krypto the Superdog Melanie
2005 Family Guy Meg Griffin's singing voice
2005 The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Roger, Lila the Sasquatch
2006 Justice League Unlimited Johnny
2006 Family Guy additional voices
2006 Legion of Super-Heroes Alexis Luthor/Esper/Emerald Empress
2006 The Replacements Sierra, additional voices
2007 My Friends Tigger & Pooh Porcupine
2007 The Boondocks Cindy McPhearson
2007 Chowder Truffles
2007 Phineas and Ferb Additional Voices
2007 Sushi Pack Maguro
2007 Transformers Animated Sari Sumdac, Slipstream, Slo-Mo, Strika, Red Alert, Mayor Edsel's press secretary, Carly, Teletran-1
2008 Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Daizy
2008 Kid vs Kat Phoebe
2008 Ben 10: Alien Force Princess Attea (1 episode)
2008 Wolverine and the X-Men Marrow, Dust, X-23, Firestar, Stepford Cuckoos, Magik/Illyana
2009 The Powerpuff Girls Rule! Bubbles
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Professor Helena Bertinelli/Huntress, Billy Batson, Mary Batson [7]
2009 The Goode Family
2009 The Penguins of Madagascar Eggy the duckling, Mother Duck, Know-it-all Kid, Additional Voices
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show H.E.R.B.I.E., Invisible Woman, Scarlet Witch, Brynnie Bratton,
2009 Random! Cartoons Beth, New Alien
2009 El Chavo Doña Florinda, La Popis
2010 Castaway Cats Seven Kittens
2010 Sym-Bionic Titan IIanna Confirmed on her website.
2010 Fish Hooks Miss Goldfishberg
2010 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Twilight Sparkle
Video games
Year Game Role Notes
2000 Icewind Dale Yxunomei
2000 Orphen: Scion of Sorcery
2000 Sacrifice
2001 Batman Vengeance Batgirl/Barbara Gordon
2001 Final Fantasy X Rikku
2001 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
2001 Rugrats: All Growed Up – Older and Bolder Dil Pickles
2002 Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat Mara
2002 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
2002 Whacked! Lucy, Charity
2003 Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu Batgirl / Barbara Gordon
2003 Final Fantasy X-2 Rikku
2004 Hot Shots Golf Fore! Emma
2004 Jak 3 Keira, Seem
2004 La Pucelle: Tactics Goddess Poitreene, Chocolat
2004 Ninja Gaiden Rachel
2004 Shrek 2 Lil' Red
2004 Spyro: A Hero's Tail Ember, Flame
2004 Tales of Symphonia Presea Combatir, Corrine
2005 Jak X: Combat Racing Keira
2005 Killer7 Kaede Smith
2005 Psychonauts Sheegor
2005 Shrek SuperSlam Red Riding Hood , Dronkey , Luna (Witch), Anthrax (Unicorn)
2005 Tales of Legendia Norma Beatty
2005 Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble Captain Blue Jr.
2005 Xenosaga II Sakura Mizrahi
2005 X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse Blink
2006 Blue Dragon Kluke
2006 Cartoon Network Racing Bubbles
2006 Family Guy Video Game! additional voices
2006 Justice League Heroes Supergirl
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Rikku
2006 Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Elisa & Ursula
2006 Ninja Gaiden Sigma Rachel
2006 Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams Arin
2006 Xiaolin Showdown Omi
2007 Ben 10: Protector of Earth Ben Tennyson
2007 Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure Cream, Mosby, and Baby Tokaron
2007 Lost Odyssey Seth
2007 Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Talwyn
2008 Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty Talwyn
2008 Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World Presea Combatir
2008 Line Rider 2: Unbound Bailey
2008 Wii Music Melody Tute
2008 Crash: Mind over Mutant Additional Voices
2009 Fat Princess Princess
2009 Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall Bubbles
2009 Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier Keira
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
2009 Watchmen: The End Is Nigh
2009 Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Rachel, Sanji
2010 Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Paz
2010 No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Cloe Walsh, Margaret
2010 DC Universe Online Raven
2010 Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Doctor Octopus 2099

References

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