If you grew up in the 90s, today is the day you crack open that can of Surge or bottle of Orbitz that you’ve been saving since 1997 and pour one out, because a huge piece of your childhood has died. According to an obituary published by the Los Angeles Times today, voice actress Christine Cavanaugh passed away on December 22 at the age of 51 after fighting with cancer for a while.
If you have a working set of ears, you’d definitely be able to identify Christine Cavanaugh’s voice, especially since she was pretty much the voice of everything in the 90s. Christine was most well known for being the voice of Chuckie Finster from Rugrats, but she was also the voice of Babe from the movie Babe, Marty Sherman from The Critic, Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory, and sometimes she filled in as the voice of Bobby from King of the Hill when Pamela Adlon was busy. She was also an actress too; remember that episode of The X-Files where Mulder and Scully investigate the babies that were born with tails and they talk to that Star Wars-obsessed mom who thought the father of her tail-baby was Luke Skywalker? Christine Cavanaugh was that mom! “Please don’t taint my memory with your nerdiness” says Christine Cavanaugh from a recording booth in Heaven.
And I know Christmas has been over for a while now, but it seems fitting to pay tribute to Christine Cavanaugh by watching this clip of Babe singing Jingle Bells. Singing like a pig AND sounding better than most humans? That’s true talent.