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Tara Strong

Tara Lyn Strong (née Charendoff, February 12, 1973) is a Canadian actressvoice actress, and singer, who has done voice work in animated films and television series. She provided the voices for Dil Pickles from Rugrats, Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls, Timmy Turner from The Fairly Odd Parents, Raven from Teen Titans, Ben Tennyson from Ben 10, and Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Early life and career

Tara Lyn Charendoff was born on February 12, 1973 to Jewish-Canadian parents Lucy (1936–2004) and Syd Charendoff who ran a convenience/toy/candy store called The Wiz, and was raised in TorontoOntario. Strong's acting career began when she volunteered to be a soloist in a school production at age four. Soon, she began acting in the Yiddish Theater; though she did not know Yiddish, she memorized her lines phonetically. During this time, she also performed at 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,[1] a feat she repeated on February 10, 2005, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel during the March of the Living dinner in honor of then-Governor of California 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 Fairly OddParents as Timmy Turner andPoofRugrats and All Grown Up! as Dil PicklesThe Powerpuff Girls as BubblesBen 10 as Ben Tennyson, Upgrade, Benwolf, and Buzzshock; Teen Titans as RavenFoster's Home for Imaginary Friends as Terrence; the singing voice of Meg Griffin and additional voices on Family GuyMy Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as Twilight Sparkle; and currently voices Betty Boop in commercials with Tress MacNeille.

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 WalkerRikku inFinal 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 and Harley Quinn replacing Arleen Sorkin in Batman: Arkham City. In June 2012, she voiced the main character "Juliet Starling" of Lollipop Chainsaw.

She has appeared in live roles in National Lampoon's Senior TripSabrina Goes to RomeSabrina, Down UnderMosquito Lake, and The Last White Dishwasher. She also made guest appearances on such shows as Forever KnightStreet LegalTouched by an AngelTake Home ChefParty of Five,Comic Book: The MovieKung Fu: The Legend Continues, and 3rd Rock from the Sun.[1] In 2012, 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. Strong has been nominated four times for an Annie Award, and once for a Daytime Emmy and she will voice Roxy of Winx Club, which will be broadcast on Nickelodeon.[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 severalfan 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, saying, "My son is now old enough to respond to my work. To me, that's what it is all about."[1][2]

Personal life

Prior to her marriage, she was originally credited under her maiden name, Charendoff. She has one sister, Marla Charendoff (born 1971). Strong attended 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 both auditioned for the same role, Julia, in the '90s TV series Party of Five. Strong appeared in an episode as Lorna.

She met former American actor, turned real estate agent, Craig Strong in early 1999 at a party hosted by Sharon Stone's sister. Tara and Craig married on May 14, 2000. They have two sons, Sammy (b. 2002) and Aden (b. 2004). The family resides in Toluca Lake, California with their dogs, Baci and Latka. She and Craig are the founders of VoiceStarz, Inc., an Internet-based company which teaches people how to get into the voiceover business. Craig is the CEO.

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role
1988 Care Bears Nutcracker Suite Anna
1995 National Lampoon's Senior Trip Carla Morgan
1997 Princess Mononoke Kaya
1998 The Rugrats Movie Dil Pickles
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island Lena
1998 Sabrina Goes to Rome Gwen
1999 Can of Worms Lula
The Iron Giant Additional Voices (uncredited)
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Batgirl
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Melody
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Dil Pickles
2001 Spirited Away Boh
2002 The Hunchback of Notre Dame II Additional Voices
Ice Age Baby Moeritherium
The Powerpuff Girls Movie Bubbles, Female Child 1, Female Citizen 1
Tarzan & Jane Hazel
Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring Nibbles
The Wild Thornberrys Movie Schoolgirl
2003 The Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Two-Tone, additional voices
Rugrats Go Wild Dil Pickles
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Barbara Gordon
2004 The Toy Warrior
2005 The Batman vs. Dracula Vicki Vale
Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone Mora
Ben 10 Ben Tennyson
The Proud Family Movie Bebe, Cece, Cashew
2006 Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas Priscilla Pig
Bratz Genie Magic Katia
Leroy & Stitch Angel[3]
Superman: Brainiac Attacks Mercy Graves
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo Raven
2007 Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix Ben Tennyson
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams Sharma
Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme April Strange
TMNT Additional Voices
Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale Le Petite Ballerina
2008 Bolt Additional Voices
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning Adella and Andrina (various voices)
Secrets of the Furious Five Young Tigress
The Last White Dishwasher Tamara Swanson
Bratz Girlz Really Rock Cloe's Singing Voice
2009 Wonder Woman Alexa
2010 Bratz Genie Magic 2: Desert Jewelz Katia
The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! Princess Clara, Toot Braunstein, Betty Rubble, The "Real" Princess, Blonde Woman, Jew Producer's Wife
Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare Trudy
2011 A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! Poof
DC Showcase: Catwoman Buttermilk Skye
2012 Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens Ben Tennyson
Strange Frame: Love & Sax Naia X.
Ted Ted's "I love you" voice-box (Uncredited)
Superman vs. The Elite Young Vera Black
Dino Time Julia
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Michelle/Additional voices
Dear Dracula Nicole
Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony Herself

Discography For the documentary Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony, Strong co-wrote and recorded the song "Take My Hand."

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