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Arleen Sorkin (born October 14, 1955)[1] is an American actress, screenwriter, presenter, comedian and Walker Talker. Sorkin is known for portraying Calliope Jones on the NBC daytime serial Days of Our Lives and for inspiring and voicing the DC Comics villain Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series and the many animated series and video games that followed it.

Arleen Sorkin
Born (1955-10-14) October 14, 1955 (age 62)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Actress, screenwriter, comedian, presenter
Years active 1983–2012
Spouse(s) Christopher Lloyd (m. 1995)
Children 2

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Life and careerEdit

Born in Washington, D.C.,[1] Sorkin began her career in cabaret in the late 1970s and early 1980s as a member of the comedy group The High-Heeled Women, alongside Mary Fulham, Tracey Berg, and Cassandra Danz.[citation needed]

From 1987 to 1989, Sorkin had the role of Geneva, a sexy maid to yuppie couple Richard and Linda Phillips, on the Fox dramedy series Duet. She would reprise this role on one episode of Open House, the sequel series to Duet. In 1990, she went on to be the original female co-host on America's Funniest People. She also wrote for Tiny Toon Adventures.

In 1992, Sorkin was dismissed from America's Funniest People by Vin Di Bona. In response, Sorkin filed a lawsuit against Di Bona, claiming she was dismissed from the show due to her race, after ABC Chairman Dan Burke had suggested to Di Bona that Sorkin be replaced by an African-American or a person of another ethnic minority. Sorkin sought $450,000 for lost earnings, and an additional unspecified amount for harm to her professional reputation and emotional injury. She additionally claimed that after she denounced the move as being racially motivated. Di Bona changed plans and hired new cohost Tawny Kitaen, who is also white.[2]

One of her more prominent roles was the wacky but lovable Calliope Jones, as seen on Days of Our Lives. She played this part from 1984 to 1990 and made return visits in 1992 and 2001. She reprised her role on the soap for the fourth time on February 24, 2006. She returned to Days for a limited run beginning on May 5, 2010.[citation needed]

She provided inspiration and does the voice of the animated character Harley Quinn, the Joker's sidekick and lover, created by Paul Dini, a college friend of Sorkin's who created Harley for the DC Comics TV series Batman: The Animated Series.[3][4] Harley went on to appear in DC comic books and in further animated TV series including The New Batman Adventures, Static Shock, and Justice League, as well as Gotham Girls, an internet cartoon series. Sorkin has also voiced Harley in feature films and video games. Sorkin did not reprise her role in 2011's Batman: Arkham City and was succeeded by Tara Strong, one of her fellow DCAU voice actors.

For the series Frasier, produced by her husband Christopher Lloyd, Sorkin would perform as a caller to Frasier Crane's radio show; the lines would later be dubbed over by a celebrity caller.[5] In the final episode of Frasier, Sorkin had an onscreen part as the owner of a monkey.

Personal lifeEdit

Since 1995, Sorkin (who is unrelated to writer-producer Aaron Sorkin), is married to television writer-producer Christopher Lloyd (with whom she has two sons,[6] Eli and Owen).[7]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Trading Places Woman at Party Uncredited
1985 From Here to Maternity Judy Television film
1986 Odd Jobs Diner Waitress
1987 Paul Reiser Out on a Whim
1991 Oscar Vendetti's Manicurist
1991 Ted & Venus Marcia
1991 I Don't Buy Kisses Amymore Monica
1993 Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss Peg Ferman Television film
1993 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Ms. Bambi (voice)
1994 It's Pat Herself
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel (voice) Direct-to-video
2004 Comic Book: The Movie Ms. Q (Studio Secretary) Direct-to-video

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
  • 1984–1990,
  • 1992,
  • 2006,
  • 2010
Days of Our Lives Calliope Jones
1986–1989 The New Hollywood Squares Panelist
1987 The New Mike Hammer Traci Baskin Episode: "The Last Laugh"
1987–1989 Duet Geneva 50 episodes
1989 Open House Geneva Episode: "Parade of Homes"
1989 Family Feud Herself [8]
1990 Dream On Donna di Angelo Episode: "Angst for the Memories"
1990 Room for Romance Episode: "Fool's Good"
1990–1992 America's Funniest People Co-host
1991 Taz-Mania Veronica (voice) Episode: "Bewitched Bob"
1992–1994 Batman: The Animated Series Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel (voice) 9 episodes
1997–1999 The New Batman Adventures Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel (voice) 6 episodes
1997 Superman: The Animated Series Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel (voice) 3 episodes
2000–2002 Gotham Girls Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel (voice) 25 episodes
2003 Static Shock Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel (voice) Episode: "Hard as Nails"
2003 Justice League Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel (voice) 2 episodes
2004 Frasier Rachel Episode: "Goodnight, Seattle: Part 2"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Adventures of Batman & Robin Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel Sega CD version
2001 Batman Vengeance Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel [9]
2011 DC Universe Online Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel
2012 DC Universe Online: The Last Laugh Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel

WriterEdit

Year Title Notes
1997 Picture Perfect Screenplay, story

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Arleen Sorkin". BehindTheVoiceActors.com. Archived from the original on June 18, 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Former TV Co-Host Suing Producer". Buffalo News. 1993-04-18. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Riesman, Abraham (February 17, 2015). "The Hidden Story of Harley Quinn and How She Became the Superhero World's Most Successful Woman". Vulture.com (New York). Archived from the original on February 18, 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ Jankiewicz, Pat (n.d.). "Quinn-tessentials: Interview with Arleen Sorkin". Starlog via Harley-Quinn.com. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. 
  5. ^ Sorkin in Kevin Smith podcast "Fatman on Batman", July 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Whipp, Glenn (August 22, 2014). "Christopher Lloyd's award-winning funny bones". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on August 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ "The art of writing and making films: Flushed Away". "About the Filmmakers", Flushed Away press kit, via The Writing Studio. Archived from the original on February 25, 2007. 
  8. ^ Family Feud (1989): Funny Men vs Funny Women on YouTube
  9. ^ The character also appears in Batman: Arkham City but is instead voiced by Tara Strong, who played Batgirl in the animated series

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