Linda Gary was an American actress and voice-over artist who worked on multiple animated projects from the 1970s to the 1990s. She was best known for voicing characters such as Aunt May in Spider-Man, Maleficent in Fantasmic!, and Grandma Longneck in The Land Before Time. She also narrated several Disney read-along stories and ABC Weekend Specials. But what was Linda Gary’s cause of death and how did it affect her career and legacy?
Early Life and Career
Linda Gary was born as Linda Gary Dewoskin on November 4, 1944 in Los Angeles, California. She got her start dubbing Italian films into English while living in Rome with her husband Charles Howerton, whom she married in 1967. They returned to the U.S. in 1974 and Gary started taking voice acting classes taught by Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound.
Gary worked as a voice-over artist in animation and also appeared in two live-action films, 1977’s Joyride To Nowhere with Howerton and 1980’s Cruising with Al Pacino. She lent her voice in such movies as Wolfen and Switch. She voiced different characters on several Hanna-Barbera television series, such as Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, The Smurfs, Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats, The Pirates of Dark Water, and SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron. She also voiced Queen Morbidia and Nekara in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.
Disney and Marvel Productions
During the 1980s and 90s, Gary did several guest voice-over appearances in such Disney television series as Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, TaleSpin, The Little Mermaid and Bonkers. She voiced a gazelle and a hippo on The Lion King tie-in read-along cassette story The Brightest Star. She also voiced Maleficent and the opening narrator in Fantasmic!, the nighttime show at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. She voiced Muffy Vanderschmere in TaleSpin and Blender, Floor Lamp and Green Car in The Brave Little Toaster.
She narrated Disney read-along stories in 1977: Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and It’s a Small World. She also narrated a quartet of the Rainbow Brite read-along stories. She narrated Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me and The Mixed-Up Chameleon in The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories by Eric Carle along with Brian Cummings, who narrated the titular story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, along with The Very Quiet Cricket and I See a Song.
Gary voiced several additional characters on the 1984 Transformers animated series. She also voiced Raven, a Cobra Night Raven pilot in the G.I. Joe episode “In the Presence of Mine Enemies”. She voiced Colleen in an episode of the short-lived 1981 Spider-Man with Ted Schwartz as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and voiced Aunt May in the first season of the 1994-1998 Spider-Man with Christopher Daniel Barnes as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
Linda Gary Cause of Death and Legacy
On October 5, 1995, Gary died at her home in North Hollywood, California. Her death was caused by brain cancer, a disease with which she had been struggling for a while. She was 50 years old and survived by her husband and three children. her last voice-over role was as Grandma Longneck in The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving, which was dedicated to her memory.
Linda Gary was a versatile and talented voice actress who brought many characters to life with her distinctive voice. She was admired by her colleagues and fans for her professionalism and kindness. She left behind a rich legacy of work that continues to entertain and inspire generations of viewers. She will always be remembered as one of the great voices of animation.