BatmanOriginal Harley Quinn actress Arleen Sorkin died Thursday (August 24) at the age of 67.
Sorkin voiced the villain first Batman: The Animated Seriesand continued to portray her throughout the DC Animated Universe, as well as in the games Batman: Arkham Asylum And DC Universe Onlinealongside the late Kevin Conroy’s Batman and Mark Hamill’s The Joker.
B: TAS Author Paul Dini was a friend of Sorkin’s and actually created the Harley character with her in mind after seeing her in a jester’s costume on an episode of Sorkin days of our lives.
She had another role outside of Batman in the last episode of FrasierThough she helped provide the lyrics on set to help her husband Christopher Lloyd, who served as the series’ producer.
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Hamill conducted the tributes and continued to write Twitter/X: “Devastated to learn that we have lost the brilliant Arleen Sorkin. Not just a wonderful talent, but a truly wonderful person. Not only am I grateful to have worked with her, but also to have been her friend. I send my heartfelt condolences to her family and loved ones.
“Rest In Peace Arleen Sorkin, the incredibly talented original voice of Harley Quinn who helped create the character that so many of us love. Love to her family and friends,” Gunn shared on Instagram.
Tara Strong, who embodied the voice of Batgirl alongside Sorkin and later took over the role of Harley Arkham games and other projects after Sorkin’s resignation, wrote a lengthy tribute that reads: “Without this beautiful, talented goddess, Harley Quinn would never have existed. She was the inspiration and the heart and soul of this iconic character. I was in awe as Batgirl watched her alongside @MarkHamill and Kevin. I sent love to her family.”
As Strong’s tribute continuedShe thanked Sorkin for being “unbelievably gracious to me in the press after slipping into her glorious boots,” and donated the money from all autograph sales this weekend to a domestic violence charity, in honor of the fact that the Character began as an “abused woman”. and has now become a symbol of empowerment.
Other tributes came from experienced voice actors Jim Cummingswho said, “You paved the way for a whole generation and I will never forget our time together,” as well as Neil Kaplan Adding: “It broke my heart to hear the original voice of Harley Quinn. Arlene Sorkin has passed away. I loved her work.”
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