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Arleen Sorkin, the actress who first portrayed the voice of Batman main character Harley Quinn, has died at the age of 67.
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Reports of her death circulated on social media following a tweet from the voice actor Neil Kaplanand were later confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter. Sources speaking to the outlet reveal that she passed away on Thursday, August 24 and that she has not been able to act for the last few years due to health reasons.
Sorkin was born on October 14, 1955 and graduated as Calliope Jones in the 1980s days of our lives. Paul Dini, one of the key creatives Batman: The Animated Series, was a friend of hers in college and based the character of Harley on Sorkin and says he was inspired by one days Episode where she played a fool in a dream sequence. Aspects of Sorkin’s life – like her Brooklyn accent and being Jewish – were incorporated into Harley, who would be a one-off character in the 1992 episode “Joker’s Favor.” But the reaction to Sorkin’s performance was so strong that Harley became a recurring character on the series and she was eventually accepted into the DC Comics canon.
Harley would have a life of its own, appearing regularly in other DC media that both are associated with B: TAS (like for example Batman Beyond: The Joker Returns) and not. Sorkin voiced Harley in a handful of video games, her last roles being in 2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum and 2011 DC Universe Online. Since Batman Arkham City In 2011, Harley was regularly voiced by Tara Strong in animated films and video games, while Margot Robbie portrayed the character in live action.
Sorkin is survived by her husband, Christopher Lloyd, and their sons, Eli and Owen, and our thoughts are with them at this time.
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