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Misty Lee (born April 22, 1976 in Mount Clemens, Michigan) is an American voice actress, comedian and professional magician.

Misty Lee
Misty Lee.jpg
Lee in April 2012
Born (1976-04-22) April 22, 1976 (age 43)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationMagician, voice actress, comedian, activist
Spouse(s)
Paul Dini (m. 2005)

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Early lifeEdit

Misty Lee was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan, and spent most of her childhood in Detroit, which she credits as inspiration for her unique sense of humor and interest in magic.[1] Before her calling as a magician, Lee trained in dentistry. At the age of sixteen, she discovered her interest in magic, which quickly took its hold on her.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

Her onstage performances blend theatre, song, and sleight of hand. She has appeared (as herself) in several comic books, and is a co-creator (and also the voice) of Dinicartoons character Little Rashy. Lee's first venture into magic came when a former high school friend called her and asked if she would like to earn some money as an assistant in his magic act.[2] She was later mentored by some of the leading names in professional magic, including Detroit-based magician Scorpio and illusionist Jonathan Pendragon.

In addition to magic, Lee is a prolific voice actor, appearing in award-winning video games such as The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, Disney Infinity, the Fire Emblem series and more.

She also provided the voice of Aunt May Parker in Ultimate Spider-Man, which airs on Disney XD. At Comic-Con International, Lee designed and taught custom effects to celebrity host and presenters for the “Magic of Comics” themed awards show.[3]

In July 2017, Lee performed on the show Penn & Teller: Fool Us, but failed to fool the hosts.

Lee studied and performed both sketch and musical improv comedy at The Second City in Los Angeles.

She plays the character Misty Hannah in the backstory to Ingress.[4]

Contributions to magicEdit

In 2010, Lee became a staff Séance Medium at Hollywood's Magic Castle, where she regularly performs Houdini Séances. She is the first female magician in history to hold this position.[5] During her Houdini Séance, Lee uses artifacts owned by Harry Houdini in an attempt to communicate with the deceased magician, a practice which Houdini spent the greater portion of his life opposing and exposing as charlatanism.

Lee is the only magician ever to be admitted into the Institute for Analytic Interviewing.[clarification needed][1] Under the training of “Truth Wizard” J.J. Newberry, and alongside agents from the CIA, ATF, and Scotland Yard, Lee mastered the art of Cognitive interview techniques, giving her the nickname of "Human Lie Detector."[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Lee is married to animation producer and comic book author Paul Dini,[6] with whom she lives in Los Angeles.[7] Their two Boston terriers, Mugsy and Deuce, were featured in "Anger Management", a 2012 episode of The Dog Whisperer, in which they sought Cesar Millan's help with their dogs' behavioral problems. Around this time, Dini began an extensive weight loss and exercise regimen, having reached a weight of 320 pounds.[8][9]

She is fluent in American Sign Language and has worked as a theatrical sign interpreter for Michigan State University.

Lee is an activist against domestic abuse. In 2013, Lee wrote and starred in a short PSA on behalf of the Domestic Violence Hotline titled Escape. The video is a “love letter to [her] mother,”[10] who endured years of verbal abuse.[11]

FilmographyEdit

Live action rolesEdit

Animation rolesEdit

Video game rolesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Meet Magician & Illusionist Voice Talent Los Angeles - Misty Lee". Misty Lee. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  2. ^ "A Conversation With The Magical Misty Lee". popcultureaddict.com. 28 January 2008. Archived from the original on July 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
  3. ^ "Magical Consulting Female Magician Los Angeles - Misty Lee". Misty Lee. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Ingress characters: Misty Hannah".
  5. ^ "Houdini Séance Illusionist Magic Castle Los Angeles - Misty Lee". Misty Lee. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  6. ^ David, Peter (2009). More Digressions. Second Age, Inc. p. 96.
  7. ^ Krug, Kurt Anthony (October 22, 2016). "Mt. Clemens native Misty Lee hangs with Houdini, Princess Leia, Spidey". Detroit Free Press.
  8. ^ "Anger Management". Dog Whisperer. Season 9. Episode 6. August 4, 2012. National Geographic Channel.
  9. ^ National Geographic Channels (4 August 2012). "Dog Whisperer: Anger Management". Nat Geo TV Blogs. National Geographic Society. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Escape: Domestic Violence PSA". Misty Lee. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Escape - Domestic Violence PSA - Misty Lee". YouTube. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Banner Day". Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Season 2. Episode 17. March 22, 2015. Disney XD.
  13. ^ "Misty Lee on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Christopher Bowman - Google+". google.com. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Misty Lee - So proud to play #Kalista in #LeagueofLegends!... – Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  16. ^ Chalk, Andy (February 17, 2016). "Master of Orion trailer reveals a cast of sci-fi stars". PC Gamer. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  17. ^ Vicarious Visions. Skylanders: SuperChargers. Activision. Scene: Closing credits, 7:13 in, Voice Actors.
  18. ^ Lee, Misty [@Misty_Lee] (November 17, 2015). "#StarWarsBattlefront releases today & I am the voice of #Leia! ##StarWars #PrincessLeia (link: starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlefront/news/the-heroes-of-star-wars-battlefront-leia-organa) starwars.ea.com/starwars/battl…" (Tweet). Retrieved November 22, 2017 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Dyer, Mitch [@MitchyD] (November 18, 2017). "I'm trying to avoid spoilers, but @misty_lee's Leia was such an important role when we see the Rebellion and she absolutely nailed it. She captures the empathy and heart of the character beautifully" (Tweet). Retrieved November 22, 2017 – via Twitter.

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