Batman star Arleen Sorkin dies age 67 as tributes pour in08/27/2023
Arleen Sorkin, the original voice of Batman villain Harley Quinn, has passed away at the age of 67.
The death was announced by her friend and fellow voice actor Neil Kaplan who took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share the news with the world.
Alongside an image of Arleen and an image of her as the Harley Quinn character, Neil wrote: "It broke my heart to hear… the original voice of Harley Quinn, Arleen Sorkin has passed away. I adored her work as HQ & as Calliope in Days of Our Lives."
The news has sent shockwaves through the world of entertainment as tributes have poured in from former colleagues to fans.
The cause of her death is yet to be revealed.
Mark Hamill, who was the voice of Harley Quinn's lover The Joker, has paid a touching tribute to his former co-star Arleen.
He said: "Devastated to learn we've lost the brilliant Arleen Sorkin. Not just a wonderful talent, but a truly wonderful person. I'm grateful not only to have worked with her, but to have been her friend. Sending my heartfelt condolences to her family & loved ones."
Elsewhere, DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn took to his Instagram feed to share a snap of Arleen as he wrote: "Rest in Peace, Arleen Sorkin, the incredibly talented original voice of Harley Quinn, who helped to create the character so many of us love. Love to her family and friends."
While Jim Cummings, who was the original voice of Winnie the Pooh, added: "RIP Arleen Sorkin, the original voice of #HarleyQuinn. You paved the way for an entire generation and I'll never forget our time working together."
Arleen had played the infamous Harley Quinn character on the show Batman: The Animated Series, which first aired in 1992. The character was even created by her college pal Paul Dini.
She also starred as the character in The New Batman Adventures from 1997 until 1999 and 2003's Justice League.
But outside of the DC Universe, Arleen had a hugely successful career as an actor in the hit soap Days of Our Lives.
She first appeared in the show back in 1984 and was an on and off star right up until 2010 and in this time receives a host of accolades for her performance as she was given four Soap Opera Digest Awards and received two Daytime Emmy Award nominations.
Arleen started her acting journey back in the 1970s when she was in the comedic group called The High-Heeled Women. But she also liked the work off camera as well as she co-wrote the 1997 film Picture Perfect which starred Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Bacon.
The actor is survived by her husband Christopher Lloyd, who she married in 1995, and their two sons Eli and Owen.
Fans have also been quick to pay tribute to the star as one wrote: "Rest in Peace to the original Harley Quinn actress Arleen Sorkin. Such brilliance, such joy, such a loss."
While another stated: "You will be missed, Arleen Sorkin."
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