Christine Cavanaugh of ‘Rugrats’ and ‘Dexter’ Died at Age 51

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Christine Cavanaugh, who provided the voices of many memorable animated characters like Chuckie from Rugrats and Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory, as well as the voice of Babe the pig from the movie Babe, has died at the age of 51. She died at her home in Cedar City Utah, according to her family. The cause of her death has not been made public.

Cavanaugh had the knack of voicing the voices of boy characters very well, like doing the voice of Nickelodeon’s Chuckie Finster from Rugrats or the young mad scientist from Dexter’s Laboratory, but she did a wide range of voices in her career, with her credits including doing the voice of Darkwing Duck‘s Gosalyn Waddlemeyer-Mallard to voicing Marty Sherman in Jon Lovitz’s animated TV program, The Critic, to the voice of Oblina in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, a Nickelodeon cartoon series about adolescent monsters.

According to Christine Cavanaugh in an interview in 2000 she did with the Toronto Sun, she enjoyed the “freedom” she got when doing voice-over acting. She stated “I can be elderly or I can be a baby… or animals. It’s wonderful.”

Obe of Cavanaugh’s most beloved movie roles was when she voiced Babe in the movie with the same name. The movie was nominated for an Oscar. In 1996, on the red carpet at the Academy Awards ceremony, the pink handbag she carried was shaped like a little pig.

Christine Cavanaugh did not get the opportunity to reprise her role of Babe in the movie’s sequel, Babe: Pig in the City. Instead, vocal actress E.G. Daily got the role, following the stalling of contract negotiations. Both Cavanaugh and Daily did voices on Rugrats and often worked in the same studio together, with Daily doing the voice of Tommy Pickles.

Christine Cavanaugh provided the voice of Bunnie Rabbot on Sonic the Hedgehog, and she also did the voices of cartoon characters in 101 Dalmations: The Series, Recess and The Powerpuff Girls. Some of her other acting roles were in the movie Jerry Maguire and on TV series like The X-Files, Salute Your Shorts and Cheers.

One of Cavanaugh’s honors was an Annie Award she won in 2000. It is an award given for outstanding individual achievement for voice acting by a female performer in an animated television production. She won it for her vocal work in Dexter’s Laboratory: Ego Trip, playing Dexter in the hour-long animated special.

In 1985, Christine Cavanaugh divorced from her husband, Kevin James Cavanaugh. The couple had no children, but Cavanaugh was a godmother to the daughter of one of her childhood friends, according to her obituary in the Los Angeles Times. In 2001, Christine Cavanaugh retired from voicing cartoon characters and moved to Utah.

The characters that Christine Cavanaugh voiced, like Babe, the pig, from the movie Babe; Chuckie Finster, of Rugrats; Oblina from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters; and Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory, provided viewers with many happy memories, and still delight people today. Cavanaugh, who passed away on December 22, 2014, played a diverse range of characters, and was noted especially for her skill at voicing boy characters. She will be greatly missed by her friends, family and fans.

Written By Douglas Cobb

Los Angeles Times
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