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They say everyone has a talent, for Tara Strong, her talent resides in her vocal cord. Not as a singer, but as a life-bringer to animated art. Tara has lent her voice to bring to life characters in various animations such as Rugrats, Drawn Together, The Fairly OddParents, Ben 10 and many others. She is the voice of Bubbles in The Powerpuff Girls, Ben Tennyson in Ben 10, Raven in Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!
Tara Lyn Strong (née Charendoff) was born on the 12th of February, 1973, to Syd and Lucy Charendoff. Her parents used to live in Russia until they were forced to migrate to Canada, escaping the Anti-Jewish movement of the Russian Empire. In Canada, they settled in Toronto and raised Tara and her sister Marla.
She developed an interest in acting at a young age and consequently volunteered to be a soloist in her school production. Even though she was not familiar with the Yiddish language, it did not stop her from working with the Yiddish Theater, memorizing her lines phonetically. Not one to relent, Tara further performed with the Toronto Jewish Theater, where she played a role in A Night of Stars and got featured in an audiotape with the Habonim Youth Choir for ‘Lay Down Your Arms’, singing her lyrics in both English and Hebrew.
At age 13, Tara had her first professional role as Gracie, in the Limelight Theater’s production of The Music Man. She also had a guest role in the action series T and T. Further down the line, Tara Strong would come to be known for her work in cartoons and animations, her first major cartoon role was in Hello Kitty’s Furry Tale Theater, playing the title role. She made an appearance in a live action TV show, Mosquito Lake. Tara, looking to hone her craft, decided to take improv classes at The Second City in Toronto while she kept taking roles in both animated and live action movies and shows. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles in January 1994.
The actress has won various awards for her work as the voice of multiple animated characters, including main roles in Fillmore! as the character – Ingrid Third, The Fairly OddParents as Timmy Turner and as Dil Pickles in Rugrats and in All Grown Up.
Tara has appeared in over 20 major movies, shows, and video games and has been active in the entertainment industry since 1987. Her current estimated $10 million net worth reflects her success in her chosen career. With many upcoming acting roles and her business interests, it is believed that number will be climbing higher soon.
Five Interesting Facts about Tara Strong
1. She’s An Inventor
Tara Strong and her husband, Craig Strong invented and patented a line of baby bottles with caps that the user can use to note the calendar date for breast milk storage. Her entrepreneurial spirit doesn’t end there, she and her husband also run an internet-based company called VoiceStarz that teaches people how to get into the voice-over artist business.
2. She’s Charitable
It is easy for celebrities and successful people to be so caught up in their fame and success that they forget to give back, but not Tara Strong. She was involved with a charity group called Bronies for Good where she used her influence to help raise funds for a family with a daughter who had a brain tumor.
3. She Was Once Neve Campbell’s Roommate
How many people can say they once were roommates with a celebrity. Even though Tara herself is a celebrity, it is still a cool tidbit to share. Tara once shared a room with Neve Campbell who is best known for her role in the Scream franchise.
Surprisingly, they both auditioned for the role of Julia in Party of Five, a 1990s TV show; the role went to Neve Campbell. Tara, however, did appear in one episode during the run of the show.
4. Nominated For The Annie Award
She’s been nominated five times for Annie Awards, an award that started in 1972 to recognize the excellence in animation works in film and television. The ‘Behind the Voice Actors’ website has also nominated Tara Strong three times for Voice Actress of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
5. She Started Acting At The Age Of Four
Very few people can say they knew what they wanted to be at age four and followed through with it. Fewer people can say they knew, started it at that age and continued into adulthood. Tara Strong knew she wanted to be an actress at age four and starred in her first play at the age. Impressive!