Tara Strong (born Tara Lyn Charendoff) is a Canadian-American actress, voice actress, singer, and successful businesswoman. She is best known for voicing Bubbles in the 1998 TV series The Powerpuff Girls, Raven in Teen Titans, and reprising her role in its spin-off Teen Titans Go!, Twilight Sparkle in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Harley Quinn in the video game Batman: Arkham City, and Timmy Turner in The Fairly OddParents.

She has worked on several Disney productions as a voice over artist, but her most prominent character was voicing Melody in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.  

Early Life

Tara Lyn Charendoff was born on February 12, 1973 to Syd and Lucy Charendoff. Her parents ran a convenience/toy/candy store called The Wiz; Syd had also worked as a pharmacist. She and her older sister Marla were raised in Toronto, Ontario. Her acting career began when she volunteered to be a soloist in a school production at age four. Soon, she began acting in the Yiddish Theater; though she did not know Yiddish, she memorized her lines phonetically. During this time, she also performed at the Toronto Jewish Theater (TJA), where she acted in A Night of Stars, and was featured in an audiotape for "Lay Down Your Arms" with the Habonim Youth Choir. She sang the lyrics in both English and Hebrew, a feat she repeated on February 10, 2005, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel during the March of the Living dinner in honor of then-Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.

At age 13, she was accepted into a performing arts school, where she landed her first professional role: the role of Gracie in the Limelight Theater's production of The Music Man. That same year, she booked a guest starring role in Mr. T's T. and T. Afterwards, she landed the title role in Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater and starred in the short-lived CBC Television sitcom, Mosquito Lake, before moving to Los Angeles in the midst of the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

Disney Roles

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