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"My voice sounds like I dragged my vocal chords down a dirt road and then doused it in Jack Daniels and mentholated Cools."

Cree Summer Francks (born July 7, 1969) is an American-Canadian (born in Los Angeles, raised in Saskatchewan) actress whose career began in 1983 when she was cast as the voice of niece Penny on the original cartoon version of Inspector Gadget. Her unique, throaty voice was instantly recognizable to casting agents (as well as viewers even today), who began frequently casting her in animated programs.

In all, Summer has voiced over 100 animated characters since 1983, many of them African-American girlsnote , though she has voiced her fair share of white girls, such as Elmyra Duff from Tiny Toon Adventures (and Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain) and Penny from Inspector Gadgetnote . These have spanned the realm of video games, cartoon television series, animated films and commercials.

Fun facts:

  • Her father is jazz musician Don Francks, and her younger brother is Rainbow Sun Francks. There was a time where she was credited by her full name, but she dropped the last part, as she felt that name made her sound like a brand of hot dogs.
  • She is married to filmmaker and photographer Angelo Pullen, and they have two daughters, Brave (born March 2011) and Hero (born January 2013).
  • She also has a musical career. She was the lead singer of the short-lived band Subject to Change, whose album Womb Amnesia was canceled by Capitol Records before its intended release in 1993, although some promo copies sneaked out. She released a solo album, Street Faërie, in 1999.

Notable roles:


  • Ms. Green from M&M's commercials


Live-Action TV

Video Games

Western Animation

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