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Additionally, Winchell wrote and starred as "Sheila Sands" in her show at the [[Wikipedia:Roxy Theatre (West Hollywood)|Roxy Theatre]] in Los Angeles to sold out crowds. The show was produced by [[Wikipedia:Lily Tomlin|Lily Tomlin]] and [[Wikipedia:Jane Wagner|Jane Wagner]], who discovered her at [[Wikipedia:Cafe Largo|Cafe Largo]] in Hollywood.
 
Additionally, Winchell wrote and starred as "Sheila Sands" in her show at the [[Wikipedia:Roxy Theatre (West Hollywood)|Roxy Theatre]] in Los Angeles to sold out crowds. The show was produced by [[Wikipedia:Lily Tomlin|Lily Tomlin]] and [[Wikipedia:Jane Wagner|Jane Wagner]], who discovered her at [[Wikipedia:Cafe Largo|Cafe Largo]] in Hollywood.
   
She has also been a frequent panellist on the live-stage version of ''[[Wikipedia:What's My Line|What's My Line]]'' at the [[Wikipedia:Acme Comedy Theatre|Acme Comedy Theatre]] in Hollywood.
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She has also been a frequent panelist on the live-stage version of ''[[Wikipedia:What's My Line|What's My Line]]'' at the [[Wikipedia:Acme Comedy Theatre|Acme Comedy Theatre]] in Hollywood.
   
 
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 April Terri Winchell (born on January 4, 1960) is an American actress, writer, voice actor, radio show host, and commentator. She was born in New York City, the daughter of ventriloquist, voice actor and comedian, the late Paul Winchell.[2]

Acting

As a professional voice actress, she has been heard in hundreds of animated television programs, such as King of The Hill,Robot and Monster, Phineas & Ferb, PuccaKim Possible, Recess (as Miss Muriel Finster), Goof Troop (as Peg Pete), Disney's House of Mouse and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (as Wikipedia:Clarabelle Cow), Bonkers (as Dyl Piquel), Pepper Ann (as Lydia Pearson),[3] The Legend of Tarzan (taking over for Rosie O'Donnell as Terk) and 101 Dalmatians: The Series (as Cruella De Vil), SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron (as Molly Mange).

She has also voiced roles in numerous films, including Antz, Who Framed Roger Rabbit,[2] and Rob Zombie's The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. Winchell portrayed the "Glendale Federal Bank" lady – a cranky, cynical customer mollified by the service at her new bank – in a series of highly successful radio commercials, which Winchell wrote and directed herself.[2] She was also considered for the part of Regan in The Exorcist until she fell ill and was taken out of consideration.[4]

Radio

Besides her many contributions to radio advertising as a performer, writer and director, Winchell also hosted a radio talk show program on KFI, a Los Angeles radio station. This weekend program aired for three years, and enjoyed the fastest growing audience in the history of the station. Subsequent to the end of this program in November 2002, she appeared semi-regularly on the Ask Mr. KABC program, on KABC, an AM station also in Los Angeles – until the show ended in February 2007.

In 2005, Winchell signed a deal with U.S. pay-TV service HBO to develop and host a show on Sirius Satellite Radio. However on her official website on May 3, 2006, she announced that negotiations had stalled out between HBO and Sirius, leaving her program in limbo.

On March 16, 2007, she returned to semi-regular radio appearances on The Marc "Mr. K" Germain Show on KTLK-AM (the new show hosted by the former Mr. KABC) and appeared twice a month. (Her appearances on Germain's show are available at her website in addition to KTLK's website.) During March, Winchell was "banned for life" from KABC (AM) in Los Angeles at the behest of ABC radio host Bill O'Reilly, over a retelling of an occurrence she dubbed "Croissantgate" (KABC provided Bill O'Reilly with croissants that were not fresh enough for his taste, causing a commotion at the station).

Theater

As a musical theatre actress, she starred as Ado Annie in the Columbia Artists revival of Oklahoma!, and also appeared opposite Kevin Spacey in Gypsy.

Additionally, Winchell wrote and starred as "Sheila Sands" in her show at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles to sold out crowds. The show was produced by Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner, who discovered her at Cafe Largo in Hollywood.

She has also been a frequent panelist on the live-stage version of What's My Line at the Acme Comedy Theatre in Hollywood.

Advertising

In 1992, Winchell and her then-husband Mick Kuisel formed Radio Savant Productions, a radio advertising production company.[5] Since that time, Winchell has many awards including Cannes, Clio, The $100,000 Mercury Award[6] and The International Grand Andy (bestowed by The Association of Independent Commercial Producers) – it was the only time the Andy was given for radio.

Internet

Winchell's official website chronicles the actress' activities, which include her professional, personal, and romantic life.

In October 2009, Winchell (under the pseudonym "Helen Killer") launched Regretsy, a blog website which satirized Etsy.[7] Within four days, the site had received nearly 90 million hits.[citation needed] This huge viral success caught the attention of Random House, who would then win a bidding war to publish a book based around the Regretsy website. The book, which was published April 6, 2010, features humorous and bizarre crafts and artwork from several different artists, as well as essays about Winchell's personal life, childhood and own crafting failures.[8] As of March 1, 2012, the Regretsy site had raised over $200,000 for charitable causes.[9] The popularity of Regretsy's "Not Remotely Steampunk" section even inspired a viral "chap-hop" music video.[10] Winchell ceased updating Regretsy on February 1, 2013, archiving it at aprilwinchell.com.[11]

Personal life

Winchell is the daughter of the late voice actor, inventor and ventriloquist Paul Winchell.[5] In her weblog writings and appearances on radio, she describes her childhood with many references to the great talent of her father as well as the many disturbing incidents owing to his mental health issues. Ms. Winchell did not speak publicly about his mental illness and drug use for many years, due to the "tremendous responsibility" she felt to his fans, and the people who had fond childhood memories of his work from the 1960s through the late 1980s. But her silence ended in March 2004 after her father published his autobiography Winch, in which he openly criticized his ex-wife, Nina Russel, and other family members.

In broadcasts of her KFI show, on her web diary and several other websites, April Winchell revealed that she and Kevin Spacey dated for a while after high school, during the run of the Gypsy musical, and went to New York together.[12][13] She and Spacey remained friends ever since.

On August 19, 2005 she announced on her website that she was diagnosed with cancer and underwent successful surgery and radiation treatment. To promote solidarity during her radiation treatment, she issued her own rubber wristbands. Where Lance Armstrong's wrist bands were yellow, April's were "Glow in the Dark" so one could "glow along" with April. Winchell is also widely known as a supporter of various charity causes, including Project Angel Food, a Los Angeles-based service providing meals for homebound people living with AIDS. Her website, Regretsy, generates charitable funds through selling of Regretsy merchandise. On, April 17, 2011, Winchell created April's Army, one of the largest selling teams on Etsy. The Army's members run monthly campaigns, and all the profits gathered from their store go to a selected Regretsy member who has encountered hardships. On December 5, 2011, Regretsy began a Secret Santa program, collecting donations for presents for needy children. Regretsy raised so much money so quickly that PayPal froze the Regretsy account – as well as Winchell's unrelated personal account – for six months in order to "investigate." As this move effectively destroyed Christmas for 200 needy families, public outcry was massive, resulting in Regretsy becoming a worldwide trending topic on Twitter. After publicly apologizing, PayPal reinstated Winchell's accounts and donated $20,000 to the families she was raising money for.[14] Winchell has provided the award winning radio and television advertising for Big Bear Mountain Resorts since the early 1990s. In 2007, she began appearing in their television ads as a reporter-on-the-scene dealing with a hapless studio anchorman.

Filmography

Roles in television
Year Title Role Notes
1972–1973 Kid Power Connie Voice only
Animated series
1992–1993 Goof Troop Peg Pete Voice only
Animated series
1993–1994 Bonkers Dyl Piquel Voice only
Animated series
1993–1994 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Molly Mange Voice only
Animated series
1997–1998 101 Dalmatians: The Series Cruella De Vil Voice only
Animated series
1998–2000 Pepper Ann Lydia Pearson Voice only
Animated series
1999–2000 Mickey Mouse Works Clarabelle Cow Voice only
Animated series
1997–2001 Recess Muriel Finster Voice only
Animated series
2000–2001 Clerks: The Animated Series Judge Voice only
Animated series
2001–2002 House of Mouse Clarabelle Cow Voice only
Animated series
2002–2003 Teamo Supremo Hypnotheria Voice only
Animated series
2003 Lloyd in Space Nora Nebulon Voice only
Animated series
2003–2006 Lilo & Stitch Mrs. Edmonds Voice only
Animated series
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Vikea Voice only
Animated series
2006–2007 Legion of Super Heroes Winema Wazzo Voice only
Animated series
2006–2011 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Clarabelle Cow Voice only
Animated series
2007 The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy Mr. Slither Voice only
Animated series
2003–2007 Kim Possible Bernice
Trisha
Voice only
Animated series
2007–2008 Tak & the Power of Juju Donna Voice only
Animated series
2009 King of the Hill Teacher Voice only
Animated series
2010–2011 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Helga Voice only
Animated series
2008–2011 Phineas and Ferb Blanca Dechan
Bridgette Oshinomi
Voice only
Animated series
2008–2011 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Singsong Bird
Slippery Serpent
Voice only
Animated series
2012 Gravity Falls Grandma Voice only
Animated series
2012 Robot and Monster Grandma
Arpa
Voice only
Animated series
2013 Wander Over Yonder Sylvia Voice only
Animated series
Roles in film
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Mrs. Herman
Baby Herman (on-camera)
Voice only
1993 Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby Additional voices Voice only
Television film
1997 Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off Tanya Voice only
Direct-to-video
1998 Belle's Magical World Chandeleria Voice only
Direct-to-video
1998 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Additional voices Voice only
Direct-to-video
1998 Antz Additional voices Voice only
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Firefighter
Mother
Voice only
Direct-to-video
2000 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman Madame Raya Voice only
Direct-to-video
2001 Recess: School's Out Miss Finster
Mrs. Detweiller
Voice only
2001 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Mrs. Mahoney Voice only
Direct-to-video
2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Mother Von Drake Voice only
Direct-to-video
2001 Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street Miss Finster Voice only
Direct-to-video
2002 Template:Sortname Lady DeBurne Voice only
Direct-to-video
2002 Tarzan & Jane Terk Voice only
Direct-to-video
2002 Mickey's House of Villains Clarabelle Cow Voice only
Direct-to-video
2002 Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa Nana Voice only
2003 Recess: All Growed Down Miss Finster Voice only
Direct-to-video
2003 Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade Miss Finster Voice only
Direct-to-video
2004 Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Clarabelle Cow
Additional voices
Voice only
Direct-to-video
2004 Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Additional voices Voice only
Direct-to-video
2005 Mulan II Matchmaker Voice only
Direct-to-video
2005 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Reporter Voice only
Direct-to-video
2005 Tarzan II Additional voices Voice only
Direct-to-video
2005 Kronk's New Groove Hildy
Marge
Tina
Additional voices
Voice only
Direct-to-video
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Vikea Voice only
2006 Queer Duck: The Movie Additional voices Voice only
Direct-to-video
2006 Template:Sortname Additional voices Voice only
Direct-to-video
2007 Happily N'Ever After Additional voices Voice only
2009 Template:Sortname Dame Grace Appleton
Liza
Babs
Dolly
Joan
Gloria
Scripty
Helga Strudel
Voice only
Direct-to-video
2010 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Female Radio Caller #1
Tresha
Voice only
Direct-to-video

References

  1. "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel." Zach Paez, Alex Hirsch (writers) & John Aoshima (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. July 6, 2012. No. 4, season 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Template:Citation
  3. 5 things you don't know about April Winchell, Mr. KABC Radio Show audio archive, accessed February 8, 2007
  4. 5.0 5.1
  5. Greenfield, Jeremy (November 20, 2009). Regretsy Creator Revealed: April Winchell Discusses New Book Deal. Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on January 12, 2010. Retrieved on January 8, 2010.>
  6. April Winchell “Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF”. ISBN 978-0-345-52318-1
  7. Winchell, April (August 1, 2011). A New Record.>
  8. Pikedevant (Nov 29, 2011). Just Glue Some Gears On It (And Call It Steampunk). Youtube. Retrieved on December 4, 2011. “Inspired by the category 'Things That Are Not Steampunk' on Regretsy”
  9. Killer, Helen. LET'S WRAP THIS UP NOW. regretsy.com. Retrieved on February 14, 2013.
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  12. Killer, Helen. CATS 1, KIDS 0. Regretsy. Retrieved on December 6, 2011.


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