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April Terri Winchell (born January 4, 1960 in New York City, New York) is an American actress, voice actress, writer, talk radio host and commentator. She is best known as the official voice of Clarabelle Cow in the Disney franchise since 1996.
Winchell in April 2011
April Terri Winchell
January 4, 1960
(m. 1996; div. 2013)
Winchell's projects include the role of Sylvia in Wander Over Yonder, a Disney Channel animated series featuring Jack McBrayer in the title role. Created by The Powerpuff Girls producers Craig McCracken and Lauren Faust, the show chronicles the adventures of "Wander" and his trusty (and cynical) steed Sylvia, as they travel the universe. The series premiered on the Disney Channel in September 2013.
As a voice actress, she has been heard in hundreds of animated television series, such as Goof Troop (as Peg Pete), Recess (as Mrs. Muriel Finster), Disney's House of Mouse and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (as Clarabelle Cow), Bonkers (as Lucky's wife, Dyl Piquel), Pepper Ann (as title character's mom, Lydia Pearson), and Kids from Room 402 (as Miss Gracie Graves the school teacher, along with several other characters that appear on the show), The Legend of Tarzan (taking over for Rosie O'Donnell as Terk in the original film), 101 Dalmatians: The Series (as Cruella De Vil), SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron (as Molly Mange), Robot and Monster, Phineas & Ferb and Kim Possible.
She has also voiced characters in numerous films, including Antz, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Monsters University and Rob Zombie's The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. Winchell portrayed the "Glendale Federal Bank" lady – a cranky, cynical customer alleviated by the service at her new bank – in a series of highly successful radio commercials, which Winchell wrote and directed herself. The commercials caught the attention of Roseanne, who hired her as a writer on her eponymous sitcom.
Besides her many contributions to radio advertising as a director, writer, and performer, 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 growth 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 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).
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. Winchell reprised the character to open for Brad Garrett at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 2013.
In 1992, Winchell and her then-husband Mick Kuisel formed Radio Savant Productions, a radio advertising production company. Since that time, Winchell has received many awards including Cannes, Clio, The $100,000 Mercury Award and The International Grand Andy (bestowed by The Association of Independent Commercial Producers) – it was the only time the Andy was given for radio. Winchell also provided the award-winning radio and television advertising for Big Bear Mountain Resorts for over 20 years.
Prior to 2009, Winchell maintained a personal Web site that, in addition to the music pieces, chronicled the actor's activities, which include her professional, personal, and romantic life. In October 2009, Winchell (under the pseudonym "Helen Killer") launched Regretsy, a blog website which satirized Etsy. Within four days, the site had received nearly 90 million hits. This huge viral success caught the attention of Random House, who subsequently won a bidding war to publish a book based around the Regretsy website. The book, which was published April 6, 2010, features humorous and bizarre crafts and artwork from several different artists, as well as essays about Winchell's personal life, childhood and own crafting failures. As of March 1, 2012, the Regretsy site had raised over $200,000 for charitable causes. The popularity of Regretsy's "Not Remotely Steampunk" section even inspired a viral "chap hop" music video. Winchell ceased updating Regretsy on February 1, 2013.
Winchell made several appearances on early episodes of the internet broadcast series "Talk Radio One," interviewed by former Los Angeles radio personality Marc Germain. She became a weekly guest on the series beginning in 2017.
Winchell worked on the 1996 video game Toonstruck in which she voiced a number of characters including Ms. Fit, Polly, Punisher Polly and Dr. Payne's Receptionist. Not only did she voiced the characters but she has also worked as casting and dialogue director for the game. She also worked as a punch writer for Recess: School's Out and wrote three episodes of the American sitcom Roseanne.
Winchell is the daughter of ventriloquist, actor, and comedian Paul Winchell, and his second wife, Nina Russel. 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.
On August 19, 2005, she announced on her website that she was diagnosed with stage 4 thyroid cancer. To promote solidarity during her radiation treatment, she issued her own "Glow in the Dark" wristbands, so one could "glow along" with April. She made a full recovery.
Winchell is a supporter of charities including Project Angel Food, a Los Angeles-based service providing meals for homebound people living with AIDS. Her website, Regretsy, generated charitable funds through selling of Regretsy merchandise. On, April 17, 2011, Winchell created April's Army, which ran monthly campaigns for which all profits went 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.
|1988||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Mrs. Herman
Baby Herman (on-camera)
|1990||Jetsons: The Movie||Additional Voices|
|1997||Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off||Tanya||Direct-to-video|
|1998||Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World||Chandeleria||Direct-to-video|
|1998||Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World||Additional voices||Direct-to-video|
|1999||Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas||Mom
|2000||Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman||Madame Raya||Direct-to-video|
|2001||Recess: School's Out||Miss Finster
|2001||Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure||Mrs. Mahoney||Direct-to-video|
|2001||Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse||Mother Von Drake||Direct-to-video|
|2001||Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street||Miss Finster||Direct-to-video|
|2002||The Hunchback of Notre Dame II||Lady DeBurne||Direct-to-video|
|2002||Tarzan & Jane||Terk||Direct-to-video|
|2002||Mickey's House of Villains||Clarabelle Cow||Direct-to-video|
|2003||Recess: All Growed Down||Miss Finster||Direct-to-video|
|2003||Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade||Miss Finster||Direct-to-video|
|2004||Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers||Clarabelle Cow
|2004||Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas||Additional voices||Direct-to-video|
|2005||Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama||Reporter||Direct-to-video|
|2005||Tarzan II||Additional voices||Direct-to-video|
|2005||Kronk's New Groove||Hildy
|2006||Asterix and the Vikings||Vikea|
|2006||Queer Duck: The Movie||Additional voices||Direct-to-video|
|2006||The Fox and the Hound 2||Additional voices||Direct-to-video|
|2007||Happily N'Ever After||Additional voices|
|2009||The Haunted World of El Superbeasto||Dame Grace Appleton
|2010||Superman/Batman: Apocalypse||Female Radio Caller #1
|2013||Monsters University||Additional Voices|
|2013||Despicable Me 2||Additional Voices|
|2015||Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League||Giganta|
|1992||Defenders of Dynatron City||Additional voices||TV special|
|1992||Monster in My Pocket: The Big Scream||Helga||TV special|
|1992||Darkwing Duck||Bianca Beaksley|
|1992–1993||Goof Troop||Peg Pete / Various Characters||77 episodes|
|1993||Tom & Jerry Kids||Additional voices||Episode: "Penthouse Mouse/12 Angry Sheep/The Ant Attack"|
|1993||Marsupilami||Additional voices||Episode: "A Spotless Record/A Boy and His Crab/Mars vs. Man"|
|1993||Problem Child||Additional voices|
|1993–1994||Bonkers||Dyl Piquel||20 episodes|
|1993–1994||SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron||Molly Mange||5 episodes|
|1993||Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby||Additional voices||Television film|
|1994||Aladdin||Woman||Episode: "The Flawed Couple"|
|1994||Sonic the Hedgehog||Additional voices||13 episodes|
|1995||Bump in the Night||Auntie Matta (additional voice talent)
The Dream Cute Dolls (additional roles, uncredited)
|Episode: "Auntie Matta/Bumpy the Untrappable"|
|1995||The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show||Various Characters||8 episodes|
|1995–1999||Timon & Pumbaa||Additional voices||7 episodes|
|1996||Gargoyles||Shauna Coyle||Episode: "Broadway Goes to Hollywood"|
|1996||Earthworm Jim||Ilene||Episode: "Lounge Day's Journey Into Night"|
|1996||Quack Pack||Female Viking
|1996–1997||Mighty Ducks||Tanya||24 episodes|
|1996–1997||Jungle Cubs||Various Characters||4 episodes|
|1996–1998||The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper||Miss C. / Baby Casper||2 episodes|
|1997||The Blues Brothers: The Animated Series||Various Characters||2 episodes|
|1997||Johnny Bravo||Various Characters||Episode: "Johnny Bravo/Jungle Boy in 'Mr. Monkeyman'/Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women"|
|1997||Extreme Ghostbusters||The Waitress||Episode: "The Jersey Devil"|
|1997–1998||101 Dalmatians: The Series||Cruella De Vil||61 episodes|
|1997–2000||Pepper Ann||Lydia Pearson||45 episodes|
|1997–2001||Recess||Muriel Finster||21 episodes|
|1998||Hercules||Amazon Guard||Episode: "Hercules and the Girdle of Hippolyte"|
|1998||Men in Black: The Series||Additional voices||Episode: "The Quick Clone Syndrome"|
|1998||All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series||Tiffany||Episode: "Bess and Itchy's Dog School Reunion"|
|1998–1999||Mad Jack the Pirate||Additional voices||13 episodes|
|1998–1999||CatDog||Sadie / Space Grannies||2 episodes|
|1999||The Wild Thornberrys||Gemsbok #2||Episode: "Rain Dance"|
|1999–2000||Mickey Mouse Works||Clarabelle Cow||10 episodes|
|1999–2000||Kids from Room 402||Miss Gracie Graves / Various Characters|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||Pwerta||Episode: "Stress Test"|
|2000||Rugrats||Argenta||Episode: "Don't Poop on My Parade"|
|2000–2001||Clerks: The Animated Series||Judge||4 episodes|
|2001–2003||Disney's House of Mouse||Clarabelle Cow||28 episodes|
|2001–2004||Lloyd in Space||Nora Nebulon||35 episodes|
|2001–2003||The Legend of Tarzan||Terk / Bibi's Mother||37 episodes|
|2002||Totally Spies!||Ms. Catherine Brooks / Principal Vegan||Episode: "Silicon Valley Girls"|
|2002||Ozzy and Drix||Lunchlady||Episode: "Glass of Doom"|
|2002||Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe In Santa||Nana||Television film|
|2003||The Mummy||Aglaophone #1||Episode: "The Enemy of My Enemy"|
|2003||Rocket Power||Announcer||Episode: "Cinco de Twisto/Saving Lt. Ryan"|
|2003–2006||Lilo & Stitch||Mrs. Edmonds||35 episodes|
|2003; 2007||Kim Possible||Bernice
|2004||Fatherhood||Ms. Huffington||Episode: "Love me Dude"|
|2004||As Told by Ginger||Cleaning Lady||Episode: "A Lesson in Tightropes"|
|2006||Catscratch||Various Characters||Episode: "Mall Adjusted/Clan Destiny"|
|2006||The X's||Various Characters||Episode: "Accidental Hero/Untitled|
|2006–2007||Eloise: The Animated Series||Various Characters||5 episodes|
|2006–2007||Legion of Super Heroes||Winema Wazzo||2 episodes|
|2006–2016||Mickey Mouse Clubhouse||Clarabelle Cow||52 episodes|
|2007||The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy||Mr. Slither||Episode: "The Most Greatest Love Story Ever Told Ever/Detention X"|
|2007||Slacker Cats||Additional voices||Episode: "Mexico"|
|2007–2008||Tak & the Power of Juju||Donna||3 episodes|
|2008–2014||Phineas and Ferb||Blanca Dishob
|2009||King of the Hill||Various Characters||Episode: "Uncool Customer"|
|2010–2011||Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil||Helga|
|2011||Curious George||Chilla DeWinter
|2011||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Various Characters||Episode: "Night Fright"|
|2011||Fish Hooks||Lady Eelbottom||Episode: "Oscar Makes an Impression"|
|2011–2014||Jake and the Never Land Pirates||Singsong Bird
|2011–2016||Minnie's Bow-Toons||Clarabelle Cow||40 episodes|
|2012||Robot and Monster||Grandma
|2012–2015||Gravity Falls||Ma Duskerton||3 episodes|
|2013||Ben 10: Omniverse||Queen Voratia Rumbletum||Episode: "Tummy Trouble"|
|2013||Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Mistress Mugan||Episode: "Tigress Tale"|
|2013||Monsters vs. Aliens||Soap Opera Alien
|Episode: "It Came... On a Field Trip/Educational Television|
|2013–2016||Wander Over Yonder||Sylvia||44 episodes|
|2015||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||Riddle Sphinx||2 episodes|
|2016–2018||Mickey Mouse||Clarabelle Cow||3 episodes|
|2017–present||Mickey and the Roadster Racers||Clarabelle Cow
|2017||Sofia The First||The Dutchess/Windy||2 episodes|
|2017||OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes||Payton|
|2018-present||DuckTales||Black Heron||8 episodes|
|1991||Hare Raising Havoc||Baby Herman, Mrs. Herman|
|1996||Animated Storybook: Toy Story||Scrabble Narrator|
|Toonstruck||Ms. Fit, Polly|
|1998||Disney's Math Quest with Aladdin||Bizarrah|
|2008||Disney Think Fast||Clarabelle Cow|
|2011||Kinect Disneyland Adventures||Queen of Hearts|
|2012||Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two||Clarabelle Cow|
|1996||Grace Under Fire||Ms. Salem|
|1999||Time of Your Life||Karen|
|2002||That '80s Show||Mrs. Nealon|
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- Greenfield, Jeremy (November 20, 2009). "Regretsy Creator Revealed: April Winchell Discusses New Book Deal". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on January 12, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2010.
- April Winchell “Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF”. ISBN 978-0-345-52318-1
- Winchell, April (August 1, 2011). "A New Record".
- Pikedevant (November 29, 2011). "Just Glue Some Gears On It (And Call It Steampunk)". Youtube. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
Inspired by the category 'Things That Are Not Steampunk' on Regretsy
- Winchell, April. "LET'S WRAP THIS UP NOW". regretsy.com. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
- Winchell, April. "Sexual secrets revealed".
- Winchell, April. "memoir contest".
- Killer, Helen. "CATS 1, KIDS 0". Regretsy. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
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