Tara Strong

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Tara Strong
Tara Strong Portrait.jpg
Strong in 2012
BornTara Lyn Charendoff
(1973-02-12) February 12, 1973 (age 40)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Other namesTara Charendoff
OccupationActress, voice actress, singer
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Craig Strong (2000-present)
Children2 sons
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Website
www.tarastrong.com
 
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Tara Strong
Tara Strong Portrait.jpg
Strong in 2012
BornTara Lyn Charendoff
(1973-02-12) February 12, 1973 (age 40)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Other namesTara Charendoff
OccupationActress, voice actress, singer
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Craig Strong (2000-present)
Children2 sons
SignatureTaraStrong.png
Website
www.tarastrong.com

Tara Lyn Strong (born February 12, 1973) is a Canadian actress, voice 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 and Poof from The Fairly OddParents, Raven from Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!, Ben Tennyson from Ben 10, Princess Clara and Toot Braunstein from Drawn Together and Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

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 Toronto, Ontario. 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,[2] 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.[2]

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.[2]

Strong is the voice behind a multitude of North American animated characters, including main roles in 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, Benwolf, and Buzzshock; Teen Titans 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[3] 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 Walker; 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 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 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.[2] 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[4][5][6][7] and once for a Daytime Emmy.[8]

In 2004, she won an Interactive Achievement Award for her role as Rikku in Final Fantasy X-2.[9][10] 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, saying, "My son is now old enough to respond to my work. To me, that's what it is all about."[2][11]

Personal life[edit]

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. 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. 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[edit]

Tara Strong at the 2013 Phoenix Comicon, promoting Powerpuff Girls, My Little Pony and Fairly Oddparents.
Film
YearTitleRole
1988Care Bears Nutcracker SuiteAnna
1995National Lampoon's Senior TripCarla Morgan
1997Princess MononokeKaya
1998The Rugrats MovieDil Pickles
Scooby-Doo on Zombie IslandLena
Sabrina Goes to RomeGwen
1999Can of WormsLula
The Iron GiantAdditional Voices (uncredited)
2000Batman Beyond: Return of the JokerBatgirl
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the SeaMelody
Rugrats in Paris: The MovieDil Pickles
2001Spirited AwayBoh
2002The Hunchback of Notre Dame IIAdditional Voices
Ice AgeBaby Moeritherium, Roshan
The Powerpuff Girls MovieBubbles, Female Child 1, Female Citizen 1
Tarzan & JaneHazel
Tom and Jerry: The Magic RingNibbles
The Wild Thornberrys MovieSchoolgirl
2003The Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London AdventureTwo-Tone, additional voices
Rugrats Go WildDil Pickles
Batman: Mystery of the BatwomanBarbara Gordon
2004The Toy Warrior
2005The Batman vs. DraculaVicki Vale
Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby SunstoneMora
The Proud Family MovieBebe, Cece, Cashew
2006Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes ChristmasPriscilla Pig
Xiaolin ShowdownOmi
Bratz Genie MagicKatia
Leroy & StitchAngel[12]
Superman: Brainiac AttacksMercy Graves
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
2007Ben 10: Secret of the OmnitrixBen Tennyson
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your DreamsSharma
Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer SupremeApril Strange
TMNTJanella
Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker TaleLe Petite Ballerina
2008Boltadditional voices
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's BeginningAdella, Andrina
Secrets of the Furious FiveYoung Tigress
The Last White DishwasherTamara Swanson
2009Wonder WomanAlexa
2010Bratz Genie Magic 2: Desert JewelzKatia
The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!Princess Clara, Toot Braunstein, Betty Rubble, The "Real" Princess, Blonde Woman, Jew Producer's Wife
Scooby-Doo! Camp ScareTrudy
2011A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!Poof
DC Showcase: CatwomanButtermilk Skye
2012Ben 10: Destroy All AliensBen Tennyson
Strange Frame: Love & SaxNaia X.
TedTed's "I love you" voice-box (Uncredited)
Superman vs. The EliteYoung Vera Black
Dino TimeJulia
Batman: The Dark Knight ReturnsMichelle/Additional voices
Dear DraculaNicole
Back to the SeaSammy
Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little PonyHerself
2013FloorHerself
Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon MovieCock Knocker
My Little Pony: Equestria GirlsTwilight Sparkle
Monsters UniversityAdditional Voices
Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue FalconAustin, Nora Bingleton
Scooby-Doo! Stage FrightNews Anchor, Donna
Television (Live Action)
YearTitleRoleNotes
1986Street LegalAngela
Desiree's WishWaitress
1988T. and T.Sydney
1989Mosquito LakeTara Harrison
1991Married to ItStudent in Pageant
1992A Town Torn Apart
The JudgeMillie Waters
Forever Knight
1993Family Pictures
Kung Fu: The Legend ContinuesElizabeth
Ready or Not
1994Reform School GirlLucille
Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden StoryTerra (age 16)
1995Skin DeepTina
Party of FiveLorna
The Outer LimitsJudy Walsh1 episode
19963rd Rock from the SunYoga LadyEpisode "My Mother the Alien"
1998Sabrina Goes to RomeGwen
1999Sabrina, Down UnderGwen
Touched by an Angel
Black MaskAdditional Voices
Candid Camera
1997 Kids' Choice AwardsHerselfWinner (with the cast of Rugrats) for Favorite Cartoon
1998 Kids' Choice AwardsHerselfWinner (with the cast of Rugrats) for Favorite Cartoon
1999 Kids' Choice AwardsHerselfPresenter, Winner (with the cast of Rugrats) for Favorite Cartoon, Winner (with the cast of The Rugrats Movie) for Favorite Movie
2004Comic Book: The Movie
2006Take Home ChefHerself
2007The Bad Girls ClubSeason 2 Narrator
2008According to JimKayla
2010Big Time RushMiss CollinsRecurring Role
Television (Animation)
YearTitleRoleNotes
1986The Care Bears
1987Hello Kitty's Furry Tale TheaterHello Kitty
Garbage Pail KidsPatty Putty
Sylvanian FamiliesBridget
Maxie's World
My Pet MonsterAmie
The Wild PuffalumpsHolly
1988Clifford's Fun with...Additional voices
1989BabarYoung Celeste
BeetlejuiceClare, Bertha
1990The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3Lemmy "Hip" Koopa and Iggy "Hop" Koopa
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures
MadelineChloe
Piggsburg Pigs!
1991Here's How!
ProStars
The RaccoonsDonna (1 episode "Join the Club")
RupertFrances
Super Mario WorldLemmy "Hip" Koopa and Iggy "Hop" Koopa
Wish Kid
1992X-MenMagik
1993The Incredible Dennis the Menace
Tales from the CryptkeeperJenny Lawson ("Pleasant Screams")
1994Tekkaman Blade IIYumi Francois/Tekkaman Hiver
1995Gadget Boy & HeatherHeather
Little BearTutu
1996Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveAdditional voices
Adventures from the Book of VirtuesGirl
The Real Adventures of Jonny QuestKazrina
1997101 Dalmatians: The SeriesSpot, Two-Tone, Vindella de Vil
Channel Umptee-3Additional voices
Extreme GhostbustersKylie Griffin
Healthspells
The New Batman AdventuresBatgirl/Barbara Gordon
Pepper AnnBrenda
King of the Hill
1998RugratsDil Pickles, Timmy McNulty
Gadget Boy's Adventures In HistoryHeather
Histeria!Big Fat Baby Girl
Additional voices
Sabrina the Teenage WitchMolly Dolly
1998〜2005The Powerpuff GirlsBubbles
1999DetentionShareena Wickett
The Kids from Room 402Penny
Timon & PumbaaPrincess Claudia ("No-Good Samaritan / Living in De Nile")
RecessBecky Benson
Sonic UndergroundAdditional Voices
2000Clerks: The Animated SeriesGiggling Girl
Sailor Moon SAdditional voices
2001Baby Felix & FriendsBaby Kitty
The Proud FamilyBebe and Cece Proud, Puff
The Fairly OddParentsTimmy Turner, Poof, Britney Britney, Additional voices
Lloyd in SpaceCindy's Nice Head
2002ScruffScruff, Princess
Codename: Kids Next DoorMushi Sanban, Willard, Numbuh 10, Numbuh 93, Sally Sanban, Katie, The Interesting Twins From Beneath The Mountain
Fillmore!Ingrid Third, Jenna ("Red Robins Don't Fly"), Croquet Kid ("Next Stop, Armageddon"), Ariella Third ("A Cold Day At X"), Treplew ("Two Wheels, Full Throttle, No Breaks")
Gotham GirlsBatgirl/Barbara Gordon, Elizabeth Styles
The Paz ShowAdditional voices
Kim PossibleTara, Joss Possible, Britina
Totally Spies!Various characters
What's New, Scooby-Doo?Terry/Alexandra Viggi/Trudy
2003The AnimatrixCrew Woman ("Final Flight of the Osiris") / Nurse ("World Record") / Misha ("Beyond")
Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley WinksDannan 'O Mallard / Molly Winks
Justice LeagueSera, Queen
Lilo & Stitch: The SeriesAngel, Adult Lilo
Spider-Man: The New Animated SeriesChristina, ("Head Over Heels")
Teen TitansRaven, Kitten, Kole, Jinx ("Titans Together"), Gizmo ("Titans Together")
Xiaolin ShowdownOmi
All Grown Up!Dil Pickles
2004Danny PhantomEmber McLain, Star, and Penelope Spectra
Drawn TogetherPrincess Clara, Toot Braunstein, Wilma Flintstone, Unusually Flexible Girl, Paper Baby
Foster's Home for Imaginary FriendsTerrence, Various Characters
The Infinite Darcy
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumiLittle Girl
Megas XLRPulsar, Comet
2005American Dragon: Jake LongKara & Sara, Veronica, Stacey
Avatar: The Last AirbenderTom-Tom
Ben 10Ben Tennyson, Upgrade, Adult Gwendolyn Tennyson ("Ben 10,000" and "Ken 10"), Benwolf ("Benwolf"), Ken Tennyson, Buzzshock, ("Ken 10"), Cousin Lucy ("Big Fat Alien Wedding"), Sandra Tennyson ("Goodbye and Good Riddance"), Additional voices
Brandy & Mr. WhiskersGabriella/Mom Howler
The Buzz on MaggieDawn Swatworthy
Camp LazloAmber, Tootie, & Honey
Celebrity DeathmatchParis Hilton
Family GuyMeg Griffin's singing voice
The Life and Times of Juniper LeeRoger, Lila the Sasquatch
2006Justice League UnlimitedJohnny
Family Guyadditional voices
Legion of Super-HeroesAlexis Luthor/Esper/Emerald Empress
The ReplacementsSierra, additional voices
2007My Friends Tigger & PoohPorcupine
Afro SamuraiOtsuru, Jiro
ChowderTruffles
Phineas and FerbAdditional Voices, including a bird.Episode: "Interview With a Platypus"
Sushi PackMaguro
Storm HawksScreaming Queens Sky Knight
Transformers AnimatedSari Sumdac, Slipstream, Slo-Mo, Strika, Red Alert, Mayor Edsel's press secretary, Carly, Teletran-1
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!Daizy
2008Ben 10: Alien ForcePrincess Attea
Wolverine and the X-MenMarrow, Dust, X-23, Firestar, Stepford Cuckoos, Magik/Illyana
The Garfield ShowMonica the Cat
The Powerpuff Girls Rule!Bubbles
2009Batman: The Brave and the BoldHuntress, Billy Batson, Mary Batson[13]
The Goode Family
The Penguins of MadagascarEggy the duckling, Mother Duck, Know-it-all Kid, Additional Voices
The Super Hero Squad ShowH.E.R.B.I.E., Invisible Woman, Scarlet Witch, Brynnie Bratton, Toro, Anelle
Random! CartoonsBeth, New Alien
El ChavoDoña Florinda, La Popis
2010Sym-Bionic TitanIlana
Ben 10: Ultimate AlienBen Tennyson (age 10), Serena
MadVarious voices
2010–presentPound PuppiesBecky O'Bannon, Lily (cat), Woman, Little girl 2, Zipper (dog), Julie, Bubbles (dog), Dolores
My Little Pony: Friendship Is MagicTwilight SparkleSpeaking Voice only
2011Young JusticeDr. Serling Roquette, Lunch lady, Additional Voices
Dan Vs.Timmy
The Looney Tunes ShowSniffles, Penelope Pussycat
New Teen TitansRaven
2012Napoleon DynamiteKangaroo singer, Scantronica, Dody, Shaylene, Candy, Egg Queen
Ultimate Spider-ManMary Jane Watson, Thundra, Sandy
Super Best Friends ForeverBarbara Gordon/Batgirl
Green Lantern: The Animated SeriesIolande
Ben 10: OmniverseBenjamin Kirby Tennyson (11 years old), Pakmar, Princess Attea
Robot ChickenSelena Gomez, Harley Quinn
Electric CityMakaelaWeb series
BrickleberryPamela Anderson, News Reporter, Bear No. 1, Additional voices
2013Xiaolin ChroniclesOmi, Ping Pong
Bravest WarriorsPlumWeb series
Teen Titans Go!Raven, Old Lady, Jayna, Batgirl, Kitten
Beware the BatmanBarbara Gordon
FuturamaTonya
Uncle GrandpaSusieEpisode: Afraid of the Dark
Video games
YearGameRole
2000Icewind DaleYxunomei
Orphen: Scion of SorceryMar
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the SeaMelody
Sacrifice
Rugrats in Paris: The MovieDil Pickles
Vampire: The Masquerade – RedemptionSerena
2001Batman: VengeanceBatgirl/Barbara Gordon
Final Fantasy XRikku
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3Siena Williams
Rugrats: All Growed Up – Older and BolderDil Pickles
2002Pirates: The Legend of Black KatMara
Powerpuff Girls: Relish RampageBubbles
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4Siena Williams
Whacked!Lucy, Charity
2003Batman: Rise of Sin TzuBatgirl / Barbara Gordon
Final Fantasy X-2Rikku
Tony Hawk's UndergroundSiena Williams
Star Wars: Knights of the Old RepublicAda
2004Hot Shots Golf Fore!Emma
Jak 3Keira, Seem
La Pucelle: TacticsGoddess Poitreene, Chocolat
Ninja GaidenRachel
Robotech: InvasionGuppy
Shrek 2Lil' Red
Spyro: A Hero's TailEmber, Flame, Blink
Tales of SymphoniaPresea Combatir, Corrine
Tony Hawk's Underground 2Siena Williams
2005Jak X: Combat RacingKeira
Killer7Kaede Smith
PsychonautsSheegor
Shrek SuperSlamRed Riding Hood, Donkey, Luna (Witch), Anthrax (Unicorn)
Tony Hawk's American WastelandSiena Williams
Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot RumbleCaptain Blue Jr.
Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und BöseSakura Mizrahi
X-Men Legends II: Rise of ApocalypseBlink
2006Blue DragonKluke
Cartoon Network RacingBubbles
Family Guy Video Game!additional voices
Justice League HeroesSupergirl / Linda Danvers
Metal Gear Solid: Portable OpsElisa & Ursula
Ninja Gaiden SigmaRachel
Onimusha: Dawn of DreamsArin
Xiaolin ShowdownOmi
Teen TitansRaven
Shrek Smash n' Crash RacingRed Riding Hood, Goldilocks
2007Ben 10: Protector of EarthBen Tennyson
Gurumin: A Monstrous AdventureCream, Mosby, and Baby Tokaron
Lost OdysseySeth
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of DestructionTalwyn
2008Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for BootyTalwyn
Line Rider 2: UnboundBailey
Crash: Mind over MutantAdditional Voices
2009Fat PrincessPrincess, Female Army Member
Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFallBubbles
Jak and Daxter: The Lost FrontierKeira
Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursMusi2
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2Rachel, Sanji
Marvel Super Hero SquadInvisible Woman
2010Metal Gear Solid: Peace WalkerPaz
No More Heroes 2: Desperate StruggleCloe Walsh, Margaret Moonlight
Spider-Man: Shattered DimensionsDoctor Octopus 2099
Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity GauntletScarlet Witch, H.E.R.B.I.E., Invisible Woman
2011Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two WorldsX-23
Marvel Super Hero Squad OnlineBlack Cat, American Dream, Firestar, Jean Grey, Rogue, Scarlet Witch, Kitty Pryde, Spider-Girl, Wasp, Squirrel Girl
RangoPriscilla
Cartoon Network: Punch Time ExplosionBubbles, Chowder, Dexter, Cheese, Young Ben Tennyson
Shadows of the DamnedJustine
RageElizabeth
Batman: Arkham CityHarley Quinn
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3X-23
Star Wars: The Old RepublicRisha, Holiday
Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic CombatSquirrel Girl, Scarlet Witch, Invisible Woman
2012Asura's WrathDurga
Armored Core VFran
Lollipop ChainsawJuliet Starling
PlayStation All-Stars Battle RoyaleFat Princess
Skylanders: GiantsFlashwing, Additional voices
Ben 10 Omniverse: The GameBen Tennyson (11-years)
2013Injustice: Gods Among UsHarley Quinn, Raven
Marvel HeroesSquirrel Girl, Moira MacTaggert, Dagger[14]
Dead or Alive 5 UltimateRachel
Ape Escape 4Jimmy
The Wonderful 101Wonder-Pink[15]
Guild Wars 2Scarlet Briar[16]
Batman: Arkham OriginsDr. Harleen Quinzel, Harley Quinn (multiplayer only)
Infinite CrisisHarley Quinn[17]

Discography[edit]

"Take My Hand"
Single by Tara Strong
from the album Take My Hand
ReleasedJanuary 20, 2013 (2013-01-20)
Length2:17
Writer(s)Tara Strong, Guy Erez
ProducerGuy Erez

For the documentary film Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony,[18] Tara Strong co-wrote and recorded the song "Take My Hand".[19]

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