According to The Hollywood Reporter, Heather North, the longtime voice of the Scooby-Doo character Daphne, has died at the age of 71. She died at her home after a long illness on November 30th, 2017. A family friend of hers alerted The Hollywood Reporter yesterday. A memorial service for her was held at 11:30 am PST on Wednesday, December 20th.
Heather North’s Role In Scooby-Doo
Heather North started voicing Daphne on the second season premiere of the original series of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? She was preceded in the role by Stefanianna Christopherson. After the original series ended, North also voiced Daphne in several follow-up series and films.
Scooby-Doo is a popular property that has been revived several times over the 50+ years of the property’s existence (including live action films that North was not in). These series include The New Scooby-Doo Movies, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, and The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. Film adaptations include Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood, Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire, and Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico. Heather North’s last turn as Daphne was in the 2003 straight to video film Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico.
Although most of North’s career was devoted to voicing Daphne Blake in sixteen separate projects, Daphne was not the only role that Heather North played in her career. Heather North also had roles in Git!, Days of Our Lives, The Barefoot Executive, and Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels. The only role she had after 1980 was voicing Daphne Blake in a number of projects.
In 1971, Heather North was married to producer and director H. Wesley Kinney, who died in January 2015. North is survived by her son Kevin, her stepdaughter Nina, and her stepson Wes.