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Mary Kay Bergman

Wacky Voices

Stats:
Date of Birth: June 5, 1961
First role: July 1986
— Radio Commercial
Date of Death: November 11, 1999
Also Credited As: Shannen Cassidy
Survived by husband Dino Andrade
and mother Patricia McGowan

Memorable Characters:
Snow White
Daphne Blake
Mrs. Butterworth
Sheila Broflovski
Mayor McDaniels
Wendy Testaburger

Now the light, she fades
And darkness settles in
But we will find strength
We will find pride within
Because although she dies
Her voices will go on
Though she dies, our affection
Lives on.

Mary Kay was born in Los Angeles on June 5, 1961. She attended Van Ness Avenue Elementary School, Le Conte Jr. High and Hollywood High, graduating with top academic honors. Immediately after high school, she was accepted to UCLA and became a theater arts major there for three years, but after getting cast in an Equity-waiver play outside of school, she decided to leave school. She got an agent for on-camera commercials and film and TV and studied privately with acting coach Harry Mastrogeorge for several years. There were exciting nibbles (including a call-back for the cast of Saturday Night Live), but nothing happened. At a party, she sang as a karaoke machine played, and her talent inspired a co-worker to ask het to take voice lessons with his teacher, Ms. Kat Lehman. She did, and loved it. Years later, she returned the young man's favor, landing him his first voice-over job. Mary Kay continued taking voice-over workshops for the next two years, studying with most of the top teachers, including Lou Hunt (commercials; he helped prepare and edit Mary Kay's first demo tape), Joannie Gerber (commercials), Sue Blu and Andrea Romano (animation voice over), Kathy Levin (commercials), Dick Orkin (commercials), Mickie McGowan (looping/ADR) and Cathy Segal-Garcia (singing). She worked as an actress for 14 years, 12 of those doing voice-overs. She eventually succeeded Adriana Caselotti, her neighbor and idol, as the voice of Snow White for Disney.
Over the years she experienced irrational fears that began to consume her. On the morning of November 11, 1999 she did a radio talk show celebrating Disneyland's 45th Anniversary. That evening she left two notes, one for husband Dino and one for friend John Bell, and shot herself in the head. The notes say that she could no longer handle the fear. Her site became a guestbook for a while, with many visitors praising her work.
Since her passing, the original site has been restored. The only change on it is that the Webmaster handles the e-mails now.
Below is her oeuvre.

Vocography

78 projects

Animated Films

12 projects

Title Character(s) Year
Beauty and the Beast The Bimbettes 1991
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Quasimodo's Mother
Djali
Townswomen
1996
Hercules The Earthquake Lady
4 Teens
3 Nymphs
Wood
Water
Tree
1997
Mulan Female Ancestor 1998
What Dreams May Come Women on earth and in hell
Teens on earth and in hell
1998
The Iron Giant (additional voices) 1999
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut Sharon Marsh
Sheila Broflovski
Liane Cartman
Mrs. McCormick
Wendy Testaburger
Nurse
The Mole's Mother
The Clitoris
Little girls
1999
Toy Story 2 Various 1999
Stuart Little Various 1999
World Premiere Toon: Kitchen Casanova Doris 1994
Annabelle's Wish (DTV) Hen 1997
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (DTV) Daphne Blake 1998
Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero (DTV) Batgirl/Barbara Gordon 1998
Scooby-Doo And The Witch's Ghost (DTV) Daphne Blake 1999

Live-Action Films

12 projects

Title Character(s) Year
Deep Blue Sea Parrot (sqwacks, uncredited) 1999
Demon Knight Sexy Blonde 1995
Village Of The Damned Kids
Teens
1995
The Flintstones RocDonald's Counter Girl
Bedrock Citizens
1994
Matinee Pre-teen Kids 1993
The Craft Various Teens 1996
Gold Diggers Teens 1995
Airborne 14-17 year-old grls
8-10 year-old boys
1993
Showest 1994 (promo) Jodie Foster
Julia Roberts
1994
Stranger By Night Rape Victim 1994
Ski School Teenage Girl 1991
Homeward Bound II Voice match for Sally Field (Sassy) 1996

Animated Television Work

20 projects

Title Character(s) Episodes/Year
The Bears Who Saved Christmas Holly Bear (TV Special)
Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot Pierre Donovan N/A
Captain Planet and the Planeteers Dr. Blight (Seasons 1996-1999)
Cow and Chicken Sandy N/A
Extreme Ghostbusters Banshee N/A
Family Dog Katie
Happy Bunny
Merry Mae
Stray Dogs
Teen Girl
Singers
Others
N/A
Fantastic Four Princess Annelle 1994
The Fantastic Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor Various N/A
Hercules Artemis N/A
Men In Black The Bug Queen N/A
The Little Mermaid Arista
Goldie
Dolphin
Snooty Fish
N/A
Nowhere Man Kids
Women
N/A
Rugrats Big Bike Kid
Friendly Boy
?
?
The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs Mitzy
Mitzy's Owner
Timmy
Scribble's Owner
Others
N/A
South Park
Regular (17)
Sharon Marsh
Shelley Marsh
Sheila Broflovski
Liane Cartman
Mrs. McCormick
Mrs. Tweek
Craig's Mother
Mrs. Cotswolds
Rebecca Cotswolds
Principal Victoria
Nurse Goodly
Nurse Gollum
Ms. Crabtree
The Groundskeeper
Wendy Testaburger
Jordan
Mayor McDaniels
Sally Struthers
8/13/97 - 12/1/99
Spider-Man Gwen Stacy N/A
The Tick The Ottoman
Ant Colonists
Receptionist
N/A
The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat Ticket
Mermaid
Others
N/A
Jay Jay the Jet Plane (CGI Series) Jay Jay
Herky
Savannah
Revvin' Evan
N/A
Zorro Ursula N/A

Video Games

16 projects

Title Character(s) Year
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Gerde
Little Boy
Old Lady
Operator
1994
Wanna Be A Dino Finder? Addie The Kangaroo 1995
Wanna Be An Animal Doctor? Addie The Kangaroo 1996
Someone's In The Kitchen Toby Toaster
Taste Test 4
1996
Cooper McQue Comes Through Gabby Girter
Jitters
Teacher
1996
Goosebumps: Attack Of The Mutant Flo 1997
Leisure Suit Larry 7 Drew
Wydoncha
Jamie Lee
1996
Leisure Suit Larry 6 Char Donay
Cav Vuarnet
Operator
Maid
Voice-Mail Operator
1996
Pony Express Rider Calamity Jane 1996
Nine Worlds voice 1997
Normality Heather 1995
The Curse of Monkey Island Minnie Stronie Goudsoup, the Ghost Bride 1997
King's Quest VIII: Mask Of Eternity Apothecary Gnome
Swamp Witch
1998
The X-Fools FBI Agent Dede Scudder
Gillian Anderson
Helen Hunt
Jenny McCarthy
1998
South Park Liane Cartman
Wendy
1998
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Old Naboo Woman
Torno, The Hammerhead Boy
Torno's Mother
Lost Human Boy
Female Human Merchant
1999

Television Series

10 projects

Title Character(s) Year
Sing Me a Story with Belle Fifi
Hansel & Gretel
Elf
Witch
N/A
Promised Land Kids
Social Worker
N/A
Arliss Boys
Secretary
N/A
Roar Various N/A
USA High Ricki Lake Voice Match N/A
Beverly Hills, 90210 Teenage Horror Film Actress N/A
Growing Pains 2-year-old Chrissy N/A
Sightings Spanish interpreter
Iranian interpreter
N/A
Walker, Texas Ranger Policewoman
Nurse
Stewardess
N/A
Touched By An Angel Biker Chick
Little Girl
Reporter
Nun
N/A

Other Projects

8 projects

Title Character(s) Year Genre
For Their Own Good Texas Factory Workers N/A TV Movie
Annie: A Royal Adventure voice match for Carol Cleveland
British Children
New York Children
Others
N/A TV Movie
The Wild West Mattie
Eliza
May
1993 TV Special
Secrets Of The Back To The Future Trilogy Young Girl TV Special
Why Planes Go Down Gillian Anderson voice match N/A Tabloid TV
Sister Sister Teenage Announcer N/A TV Promos
Mrs. Butterworth's Syrup
She did over
600 commercials
including these
Mrs. Butterworth Commercial
'Weird Al' Yankovic - Running With Scissors Female Vocal in "Pretty Fly For a Rabbi" Audio CD

About "Pretty Fly For a Rabbi":

"Originally I had Mary Kay come in to sing the whole song. I basically wanted her to do the voice of Kyle’s mom from South Park. Her agent wouldn’t let her do it (thinking that it might get her in trouble with Comedy Central) -- so Mary Kay wound up doing kind of a squeaky voice instead. Later, I decided that the "squeaky voice" thing really wasn’t what I was looking for, so I called in my old friend, Tress [MacNeille], to do her Fran Drescher impersonation instead. The part that you can still hear Mary Kay on is the line in the middle of the song where she does the very Gentile-sounding "for a Rab-bi ..." Mary Kay was an incredibly sweet, talented, funny, wonderful woman, and we all miss her very, very much."

-- "Weird" Al Yankovic

Excerpt From "Ask Al"
Q&As - February 2000