South Park actors you may not know have died

Mary Kay Bergman voiced a seemingly endless list of female characters on “South Park” across 42 episodes in its inaugural and second seasons, establishing the tone, height and personality of Sharon and Shelly Marsh, Liane Cartman, Sheila Broflovski, Kenny’s Mom, Mayor McDaniels, Mrs. Crabtree, Principal Victoria, and Wendy Testaburger (among many, many more, per IMDb). Without Bergman, there would also be no Hooked on Monkey Fonics tape, no Judge Julie, no South Park Barbara Streisand, and no talking female genitalia in “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.” Bergman was essentially everything the women of South Park, Colorado.

And yet the series was only the tip of the iceberg for the entertainer, whose career began in 1978 with ‘The Scooby-Doo Show’ and whose extensive portfolio includes ‘Beauty and the Beast’. “The Little Mermaid” TV series, “Snow White”, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, several Disney animated storybooks, work on both “Looney Tunes” and “Tiny Tunes”, “Space Strikers “, “Captain Planet and the Planeteers”, “Spider-Man: The Animated Series”, “Rugrats”, “Zorro”, “A Bug’s Life”, “The Iron Giant” and a litany of characters from TV, movies and video games too numerous to name.

In other words, before being the female voice of “South Park”, she was, in a sense, the (most heard) voice of a generation. Bergman died by suicide in November 1999, but her countless contributions to film, television, and countless childhood memories left a lasting and still celebrated legacy.

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