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April Winchell
220px-April Winchell 2004
Birth Name:
April Terri Winchell
Gender:   Female
Date of birth:
January 4, 1960 (55)
Place of birth:
New York City, New York
Role(s):
Voice actress, singer
Characters portrayed:
Sylvia
Rock Lady
Oink
Rongruffle
Carol
Additional Voices
Other projects:
"Goof Troop"
"Recess"
"Mickey Mouse Works"
"House of Mouse"
"Mickey Mouse Clubhouse"

April Winchell (born on January 4, 1960) is an American actress, writer, voice actor, talk radio host, and commentator. She was born in New York City, the daughter of ventriloquist, voice actor, comedian and inventor Paul Winchell. She is also providing the voice of Sylvia in Wander Over Yonder

Acting

As a voice actress, she has been heard in hundreds of animated television programs, such as King of The HillRobot and Monster, Phineas & Ferb, Pucca, Kim Possible, Recess (as Miss Muriel Finster), Lloyd in Space (as Lloyd's mom), Goof Troop (as Peg Pete), Disney's House of Mouse and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (as Clarabelle Cow), Pepper Ann (as Lydia Pearson). She has also voiced roles in numerous films, including Antz, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Rob Zombie's The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. Winchell portrayed the "Glendale Federal Bank" lady – a cranky, cynical customer mollified by the service at her new bank – in a series of highly successful radio commercials, which Winchell wrote and directed herself. She was also considered for the part of Regan in The Exorcist until she fell ill and was taken out of consideration.

Radio

Besides her many contributions to radio advertising as a performer, writer and director, Winchell also hosted a radio talk show program on KFI, a Los Angeles radio station. This weekend program aired for three years, and enjoyed the fastest growing audience in the history of the station. Subsequent to the end of this program in November 2002, she appeared semi-regularly on the Ask Mr. KABC program, on KABC, an AM station also in Los Angeles – until the show ended in February 2007.

In 2005, Winchell signed a deal with U.S. pay-TV service HBO (Home Box Office) to develop and host a show on Sirius Satellite Radio. However on her official website on May 3, 2006, she announced that negotiations had stalled out between HBO and Sirius, leaving her program in limbo.

On March 16, 2007, she returned to semi-regular radio appearances on The Marc "Mr. K" Germain Show on KTLK-AM (the new show hosted by the former Mr. KABC) and appeared twice a month. (Her appearances on Germain's show are available at her website in addition to KTLK's website) During March, Winchell was "banned for life" from KABC (AM) in Los Angeles at the behest of ABC radio host Bill O'Reilly, over a retelling of an occurrence she dubbed "Croissantgate" (KABC provided Bill O'Reilly with croissants that were not fresh enough for his taste, causing a commotion at the station).

Theater

As a musical theatre actress, she starred as Ado Annie in the Columbia Artists revival of Oklahoma!, and also appeared opposite Kevin Spacey in Gypsy.

Additionally, Winchell wrote and starred as "Sheila Sands" in her show at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles to sold out crowds. The show was produced by Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner, who discovered her at Cafe Largo in Hollywood.

She has also been a frequent panelist on the live-stage version of What's My Line at the Acme Comedy Theatre in Hollywood. 
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April Winchell at San Diego Comic Con

Personal life

Winchell is the daughter of the late voice actor, inventor and ventriloquist Paul Winchell. In her weblog writings and appearances on radio, she describes her childhood with many references to the great talent of her father as well as the many disturbing incidents owing to his mental health issues. Ms. Winchell did not speak publicly about his mental illness and drug use for many years, due to the "tremendous responsibility" she felt to his fans, and the people who had fond childhood memories of his work from the 1960s through the late 1980s. But her silence ended in March 2004 after her father published his autobiography Winch, in which he openly criticized his ex-wife, Nina Russel, and other family members.

In broadcasts of her KFI show, on her web diary and several other websites, April Winchell revealed that she and Kevin Spacey dated for a while after high school, during the run of the Gypsy musical, and went to New York together. They broke up some time after that but she and Spacey remained friends ever since.

On August 19, 2005 she announced on her website that she was diagnosed with cancer and underwent successful surgery and radiation treatment. To promote solidarity during her radiation treatment, she issued her own rubber wristbands. Where Lance Armstrong's wrist bands were yellow, April's were "Glow in the Dark" so one could "glow along" with April. Winchell is also widely known as a supporter of various charity causes, including Project Angel Food, a Los Angeles-based service providing meals for homebound people living with AIDS. Her website, Regretsy, generates charitable funds through selling of Regretsy merchandise. On, April 17, 2011, Winchell created April's Army, one of the largest selling teams on Etsy. The Army's members run monthly campaigns, and all the profits gathered from their store go to a selected Regretsy member who has encountered hardships. On December 5, 2011, Regretsy began a Secret Santa program, collecting donations for presents for needy children. Regretsy raised so much money so quickly that Paypal froze the Regretsy account – as well as Winchell's unrelated personal account – for six months in order to "investigate." As this move effectively destroyed Christmas for 200 needy families, public outcry was massive, resulting in Regretsy becoming a worldwide trending topic on Twitter. After publicly apologizing, Paypal reinstated Winchell's accounts and donated $20,000 to the families she was raising money for. Winchell has provided the award winning radio and television advertising for Big Bear Mountain Resorts since the early 1990s. In 2007, she began appearing in their television ads as a reporter-on-the-scene dealing with a hapless studio anchorman.

Photo Gallery

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The image gallery for April Winchell may be viewed here.

Trivia

  • So far, Sylvia is her favorite role ever.

Filmography

Roles in television
Year Title Role Notes
1972–1973 Kid Power Connie Voice only
Animated series
1992–1993 Goof Troop Peg Pete Voice only
Animated series
1993–1994 Bonkers Dyl Piquel Voice only
Animated series
1993–1994 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Molly Mange Voice only
Animated series
1997–1998 101 Dalmatians: The Series Cruella De Vil Voice only
Animated series
1998–2000 Pepper Ann Lydia Pearson Voice only
Animated series
1999–2000 Mickey Mouse Works Clarabelle Cow Voice only
Animated series
1997–2001 Recess Muriel Finster Voice only
Animated series
2000–2001 Clerks: The Animated Series Judge Voice only
Animated series
2001–2002 House of Mouse Clarabelle Cow Voice only
Animated series
2002–2003 Teamo Supremo Hypnotheria Voice only
Animated series
2003 Lloyd in Space Nora Nebulon Voice only
Animated series
2003–2006 Lilo & Stitch Mrs. Edmonds Voice only
Animated series
2006

Asterix and the Vikings

Vikea Voice only
Animated series
2006–2007 Legion of Super Heroes Winema Wazzo Voice only
Animated series
2006–2011 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Clarabelle Cow Voice only
Animated series
2007 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Mr. Slither Voice only
Animated series
2003–2007 Kim Possible Bernice
Trisha
Voice only
Animated series
2007–2008 Tak & the Power of Juju Donna Voice only
Animated series
2009 King of the Hill Teacher Voice only
Animated series
2010–2011 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Helga Voice only
Animated series
2008–2011 Phineas and Ferb Blanca Dechan
Bridgette Oshinomi
Voice only
Animated series
2008–2011 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Singsong Bird
Slippery Serpent
Voice only
Animated series
2012 Gravity Falls Grandma Voice only
Animated series
2012 Robot and Monster Grandma
Arpa
Voice only
Animated series
2013-present Wander Over Yonder Sylvia Voice only
Animated series
Roles in film
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Mrs. Herman
Baby Herman (on-camera)
Voice only
1993 Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby Additional voices Voice only
Television film
1997 Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off Tanya Voice only
Direct-to-video
1998 Belle's Magical World Chandeleria Voice only
Direct-to-video
1998 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Additional voices Voice only
Direct-to-video
1998 Antz Additional voices Voice only
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Firefighter
Mother
Voice only
Direct-to-video
2000 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman Madame Raya Voice only
Direct-to-video
2001 Recess: School's Out Miss Finster
Mrs. Detweiller
Voice only
2001 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Mrs. Mahoney Voice only
Direct-to-video
2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Mother Von Drake Voice only
Direct-to-video
2001 Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street Miss Finster Voice only
Direct-to-video
2002 The Hunchback of Notre Dame II Lady DeBurne Voice only
Direct-to-video
2002 Tarzan & Jane Terk Voice only
Direct-to-video
2002 Mickey's House of Villains Clarabelle Cow Voice only
Direct-to-video
2002 Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa Nana Voice only
2003 Recess: All Growed Down Miss Finster Voice only
Direct-to-video
2003 Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade Miss Finster Voice only
Direct-to-video
2004 Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Clarabelle Cow
Additional voices
Voice only
Direct-to-video
2004 Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Additional voices Voice only
Direct-to-video
2005 Mulan II Additional voices Voice only
Direct-to-video
2005 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Reporter Voice only
Direct-to-video
2005 Tarzan II Additional voices Voice only
Direct-to-video
2005 Kronk's New Groove Hildy
Marge
Tina
Additional voices
Voice only
Direct-to-video
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Vikea Voice only
2006 Queer Duck: The Movie Additional voices Voice only
Direct-to-video
2006 The Fox and the Hound 2 Additional voices Voice only
Direct-to-video
2007 Happily N'Ever After Additional voices Voice only
2009 The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Dame Grace Appleton
Liza
Babs
Dolly
Joan
Gloria
Scripty
Helga Strudel
Voice only
Direct-to-video
2010 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Female Radio Caller #1
Tresha
Voice only
Direct-to-video

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