Teressa Claire MacNeille ( Payne; born June 20, 1951) is an American voice actress, whose credits include voicing Dot Warner on the animated television series ''Animaniacs
'', Babs Bunny on ''Tiny Toon Adventures
'' and Daisy Duck
in various Disney
media since 1999. She has also worked on popular long-running animated series such as ''The Simpsons
'', and ''Rugrats
MacNeille was born Teressa Claire Payne in Los Angeles, California
, on June 20, 1951. She loved cartoons as a child and wanted to be a voice actress from the age of eight, but instead chose a "practical" career, feeling she would never be able to realize her ambition. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley
, and attended broadcasting school, becoming a disc jockey
MacNeille worked in a variety of jobs and had numerous minor voiceover
roles before becoming a regular on an animated TV show. In her words, "I'd been doing radio spots, some TV, demos, sound-alikes, industrial narrations -- anything that came my way for about two years."
[ She was also a member of the improvisational comedy group The Groundlings for ten years.] MacNeille took acting workshops and worked as a casting assistant for voice acting talent agent Bob Lloyd in what she calls "The University of Voice-over." Lloyd and fellow agent Rita Vennari got MacNeille her first role on an animated show: a part in an episode of the 1979 ''Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo''. [
She sang and appeared in the music video (as Lucille Ball) for "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "Ricky" (1983), which was based on the ''I Love Lucy'' television show and parodied the song "Mickey" by Toni Basil.] MacNeille also appeared on Yankovic's 1999 album ''Running with Scissors'', on the tracks "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" and "Jerry Springer."
MacNeille was cast as Babs Bunny in ''Tiny Toon Adventures'' (1990–1992). Writer Paul Dini said that MacNeille was good for the role because she could do both Babs' voice and the voices of her impressions. MacNeille commented: "The best part of doing Babs is that she's a mimic, like me...In the show I do Babs doing Billie Burke, Hepburn, Bette Davis, Madonna and Cher. I even have her doing Jessica Rabbit." The success of ''Tiny Toon Adventures'' led to the series ''Animaniacs''. MacNeille was brought in to voice Dot Warner, one of the show's three main characters, because Dot's character was very similar to Babs Bunny. Andrea Romano, the voice director and caster for ''Animaniacs'', said that the casters had "no trouble" choosing the role of Dot: "Tress MacNeille was just hilarious (...) And yet he hadthat edge." MacNeille was nominated for an Annie Award for her performance on the show in 1995.
She has provided voices for numerous films, television shows, video games and commercials, garnering over 200 credits. MacNeille says: "The characters that I do all come from people in my own life--as well as the material I've stolen from my friends!" Her TV roles include characters on ''The Simpsons'', where she voices Agnes Skinner, Brandine Spuckler and Lindsey Naegle, and ''Futurama'', in which her main role is the character Mom. MacNeille has provided voices on many other television shows and cartoons such as ''Rugrats'' (as Charlotte Pickles), ''Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers'' (as Chip and Gadget Hackwrench), [ ''Histeria'', ''Hey Arnold'', and ''Dave the Barbarian'' (as Fang), as well as dubbing work on English language anime translations.
She is the voice of Daisy Duck and Wilma Flintstone since 1999 and 2000 respectively.] [ MacNeille also appeared as an angry anchorwoman in ''Elvira, Mistress of the Dark'' and served as the voice of Elvira's Great-Aunt Morganna Talbot. She provided voice acting for the 2003 Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner short feature ''The Whizzard of Ow''.
MacNeille married Douglas Whitsett MacNeille in Carson City, Nevada, on August 29, 1974. They have one daughter.
["Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005", database, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VVBK-2HV : September 20, 2019), Douglas W MacNeikle and Teressa C Payne, 1974.]
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