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Aron Grey Griffin (née Van Oosbree, formerly DeLisle and Hammond), better known as Grey DeLisle (pronounced De-Lyle) (born August 24, 1973) is a voice actress for Regular Show. On Regular Show, she provides the voice of Walks' love interest, Mona, known formally as Desdemona, in the episode "Skips' Story." They would date each other until a battle between Walks and Klorgbane resulted in Mona being crushed from a slab in the ceiling, killing her instantly. A couple years later, Walks was ready to become immortal, and chose his new name, Skips, after Mona jokingly said she would start calling him Skips after skipping together in the school. DeLisle also voiced Desdemona's mother. DeLisle would later voice three girls at a club that Skips, Gary, Techmo and Reginald were attempting to date in the episode "Skips in the Saddle."
Aron Grey Van Oosbree was born in Fort Ord, California. She is of Norwegian, Mexican, French and Irish descent. Her mother was a singer and musician while her father was a truck driver who had a love for country music, which the young DeLisle was inspired by. Her parents married each other at 19 and Grey was born when they were 20. She also has a younger brother. While her father was in the Army, her mother cheated on her father, devastating him. Her parents would eventually divorce, and as a result her mother struggled with drug addiction and alcoholism. Her mother eventually became a born-again Pentecostal, banning all secular music. DeLisle sought solace from her grandmother, Eva Flores Ruth, who was a vocalist that performed with Tito Puente. As a teenager, DeLisle would sing gospel tunes, and on the advice of a close friend, entered the world of stand-up comedy. In her routine, she imitated voices, and was advised to give voice acting a try. She also worked a little in theater.
Her first voice acting role was voicing George and Cosmo in an English dub of Shin Chan. DeLisle later admitted in an interview she regretted being on Shin Chan and only did it for the money. Her voice roles include Betty Rubble from The Flintstones, Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo, Emily Elizabeth from Clifford the Big Red Dog, Azula in Avatar: The Last Airbender and Mandy in The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, replacing the creator's wife, who was the original choice to play the role. Her on-camera roles are rare, but she did portray a teacher on That '70's Show.
DeLisle discusses the difficulty of auditioning for Daphne Blake after her good friend and predecessor, Mary Kay Bergman, committed suicide: "I don’t even know the first time I did the voice [of Daphne]. I think it was either 1997 or 1998. Mary Kay Bergman, the woman who was doing it before, was a really dear friend of mine, and she actually taught me a lot about doing voiceovers. I mean, the first animation class I ever took was with her, at Kalmenson & Kalmenson. She was just the sweetest, most wonderful person in the world…and then she killed herself. Her husband [Dino Andrade] came and stayed with me at my house, because he said, 'I can’t stay over there, it’s too painful.' And about a week later, they asked me to audition for Daphne…and I didn’t know what to do, because I just thought, 'Gosh, I just don’t know if I can do that.' I told him, 'They asked me to audition, but I’m not going to audition, because it’s just weird.' And he said, 'Grey, you have to do it, because Mary Kay would’ve wanted you to do it. You were her star student, she loved you, and she would’ve wanted you to do Daphne. Somebody’s going to do it. It might as well be someone who loved her.' And I was, like, 'I didn’t really think about it like that.' So I went in, and I didn’t study it, because I just thought, 'You know what? I’m just going to go in, and I’m just going to do my best interpretation of the character. I’m not going to try and sound-match her, because it would just be too sad to listen to.' She would eventually win the role at the audition.
Her voice acting agency is AVO Talent. For her work in voice acting, she was nominated for an Annie Award, for the category of "Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production", for playing the role of Kitty the Cat in Danger Rangers. DeLisle also knows how to speak Japanese, thanks for her role as Yumi in Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. Past occupations include being a Sunday school teacher and a babysitter, the same occupation of a character she voices, Vicky, on The Fairly OddParents.
DeLisle is also a singer-songwriter, earning a Grammy Award for her work in music. She was a member of the all-female cowpunk band Side Saddle in the late 1990s. She created her own independent label, Hummin'bird Records. She has also released four music CDs, the styles ranging from goth-inspired folk and Americana, to gospel. She also knows how to play the autoharp.
- "New Bro on Campus" - Tamara, Overalls Girl, Glasses Girl
- "Terror Tales of the Park IV" - Hellen, School Girl Villain, Kimiko
- "Happy Birthday Song Contest" - Sheena, Judy, Colette
DeLisle is a disciple of Christ. She married her first husband, Christopher DeLisle, in 1992 at only 19, claiming she "didn't know what [she] was doing." After six months of marriage, they divorced in 1993. Nonetheless, she still uses her first husband's surname professionally. She later married her second husband, Murry Hammond, a guitarist, in 2002. Their wedding was featured on an episode of The Learning Channel's A Wedding Story. The two had met at a concert of his, and DeLisle could not afford to go to it. She came with a friend of his, asking to put Grey on the list. Murry declined, citing the lack of room, but allowed her to come in and pretend they be husband and wife. Years later, they would go on a date and truly fall in love. She gave birth to her first child, naming her newborn son Jefferson Texas Hammond, who was born on January 31, 2007. The couple would later divorce. DeLisle would marry her third husband, Jared Keith Griffin, who she met online on Twitter. Her father-in-law is Jerry Griffin. DeLisle later gave birth to her second child, Harlan Roy Griffin, who was born on August 7, 2014; he was born two months before his due date, which was October. She resides with her husband and son in Los Angeles, California.
- Wikipedia article on Grey DeLisle
- Grey DeLisle's Facebook
- Grey DeLisle's Instagram
- Grey DeLisle's Myspace
- Grey DeLisle's Tumblr
- Grey DeLisle's Twitter
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- ↑ 2.0 2.1 https://twitter.com/GreyDeLisle/status/223648470752440320
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- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 http://mentalpod.com/archives/544
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- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 http://popdose.com/youre-the-voice-grey-delisle/
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- ↑ http://voicechasers.com/database/showactor.php?actorid=1202
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- ↑ https://twitter.com/GreyDeLisle/status/506489392421031936/photo/1