Cecil H. Roy
October 2, 1900
|Died||January 26, 1995 (aged 94)|
Animation Voice Performer
Cecil H. Roy (October 2, 1900 – January 26, 1995) was a radio actress who was well known in radio broadcasting of the 1930s and 1940s as The Girl of a Thousand Voices.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, she grew up in Oklahoma. Her father was an opera singer.
She started her acting career with a Chicago stock company.
The "Girl of a Thousand Voices" label came about due to her ability to immediately shift through a wide range of characters and ages, from an elderly woman to a crying baby.
Roy's roles on radio programs included those shown in the following table.
|The Adventures of Dari-Dan||Stanley Hall|
|Amanda of Honeymoon Hill||Aunt Mazie|
|Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories||infant|
|Big Sister||Jerry Jr.|
|Kaltenmeyer's Kindergarten||Daisy Dean:187|
|Ma Perkins||Junior Fitz:335|
|The Timid Soul||Madge Milquetoast:187|
|Quiet Please||Carol Sue :187|
She also was featured "enacting dilemmas" on Daily Dilemmas.:89
She also did the voice of Casper in the Casper the Friendly Ghost theatrical animated series of the 1940s and 1950s.
Roy spoke German and French and sang in Italian and French. She was reported to have a "polished repertoire of 20 dialects." Her long-time partner, Beni (missing last name), was a hairdresser in New York City. His clientele included many Broadway and vaudeville stars. Cecil Roy also lived in Cozy Lake, Oak Ridge, New Jersey. Her "summer" or weekend home was a place where she entertained many of the neighborhood children with her accordion, singing, and voice talents.
In her last years, she lived in the Actors' Fund Home Extended Care Facility in Englewood, New Jersey, where she died in 1995 at age 94. She was survived by her son, Richard, of Montclair, New Jersey; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
- DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. P. 233.
- "CBS Radio". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Texas, Lubbock. July 15, 1956. p. 59. Retrieved August 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Cecil H. Roy; Voice for Animated Films, 94", The New York Times, February 11, 1995.
- "Milkman's Adventures To Be on New Schedule". The Evening News. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. April 14, 1937. p. 33. Retrieved August 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Terrace, Vincent (1999).Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. P. 21.
- "High Frequency Questions". The Nebraska State Journal. Nebraska, Lincoln. February 28, 1943. p. 32. Retrieved August 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
8.) Cecil Palmer of Nightvale (http://www.nightvalepresents.com) is said to be named after her.