June Foray--A Remembrance by Craig Kausen

07/27/2017 by rpatrick
Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones's grandson, with June Foray, Tustin, 2010
Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones's grandson, with June Foray, Tustin, 2010
"June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc, Mel Blanc is the male June Foray." --Chuck Jones. Jones, at right, directing the two remarkable talents in the late 1950s
June Foray, the voice of Cindy Lou Who in
June Foray, the voice of Cindy Lou Who in "Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas" directed by Chuck Jones
Craig Kausen, left, June Foray, and Linda Jones Clough, at the Hollywood Bowl.
Craig Kausen, left, June Foray, and Linda Jones Clough, at the Hollywood Bowl.
The incomparable Miss June Foray
The incomparable Miss June Foray
I truly feel as though we lost part of the family yesterday as June Foray, at the age of 99, passed away.

Of all of the people that Chuck worked with throughout his career, June is by far the person that I became closest to.  I remember her perfectly at the premiere of "The Phantom Tollbooth" in Hollywood when I was 7 years old and my memories of her and with her only grew from there.

In an interview a couple of years ago, I was asked about June Foray and what came to mind that day was that she always said "yes" to whatever was requested.  Can you come to screening? Can you take a call from a fan? Can you do an interview?  Every time she said yes.  She was the epitome of a living, giving star in Hollywood.  Others will recap her accomplishments and certainly there are so many, but my memories of June are all about her sincerity, her passion for everyone she worked with and her genuine loving spirit she shared with everyone.

She and Chuck were dearest of friends and they had a professional love and respect for each other seldom equaled.
 
The last time I visited June along with my mother, we went to dinner with her, her sister, and brother-in-law at their favorite restaurant in the Valley.  We spent time at her house and then all went to dinner at 4:30 in the afternoon.  The stories, the banter, the laughter never stopped and it was a wonderful way for me to have a final personal memory of my time with her.  
 
I am sure, just like I still do with Chuck, I will pick up the phone to call her and regardless that she is not physically there, she, along with Chuck, will continue to live on through the wonderful memories (and a lifetime of work) she left behind.
 
My deepest condolences to all that loved her..