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Voice actress Christine Cavanaugh, who charmed generations of children and adults alike with roles in animated series such as "Rugrats," "Dexter's Laboratory," and "Darkwing Duck," passed away on December 22. She was 51.

Cavanaugh was born in 1963 and studied at Utah State University and the University of Hawaii before moving to California to pursue a career in acting. She shot to fame in the early 1990s thanks to her breakout role as Goslyn on "Darkwing Duck." Other iconic characters included neurotic toddler Chuckie Finster on "Rugrats," the titular inventor on "Dexter's Laboratory," the titular piglet in "Babe," Marty Sherman on "The Critic," and Oblina on "Aaahh!! Real Monsters."

In addition to her prolific voiceover work, Cavanaugh also appeared frequently onscreen as well, with roles on TV series including "Cheers," "Empty Nest," "Wings," "The X-Files," and "Everybody Loves Raymond." She also had a role on the big screen in the 1996 Oscar-nominated flick "Jerry Maguire."

"Christine has touched many lives, some we know and others we do not," said an obituary posted by the Los Angeles Times. " ... Her imagination, humor and intelligence were evident to anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her. It was of no surprise when she was able to share her talents with the world."

Cavanaugh retired from voice acting in 2001, and moved to be closer to her family. She leaves behind several siblings and half-siblings, along with numerous nieces and nephews -- and a legion of adoring fans forever grateful for the gifts she shared.

[via: Los Angeles Times, h/t IndieWire]

Photo credit: Associated Press

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