Erin Grey Van Oosbree (born August 24, 1973), known professionally as Grey DeLisle (pronounced De-lyle) and Grey Griffin, is an American voice actress and singer-songwriter. She has done voice acting for numerous animated films, television shows and video games. Her long-running voice roles include Ingrid Giraffe, Guadalupe "Lupe" Toucan, Nurse Gazelle and Mrs. Warthog.
Early life and early careerEdit
Erin Grey Van Oosbree was born in Fort Ord, California to truck driver George Van Oosbree and singer Joanna Ruth. She is of Dutch, French, Irish, Mexican and Norwegian descent. Her parents separated when she was young. She has one younger brother. DeLisle's mother became a born-again Pentecostal when she was eleven and she was later raised by her maternal grandmother, Eva Flores, a vocalist who performed with salsa musician Tito Puente. She credits her father's love of country music as the biggest influence on her musical taste. In her late teens, she started singing old gospel tunes, and entered the world of stand-up comedy on the advice of a friend. In her comedy routine, DeLisle imitated voices. Her impressions earned the attention of a casting director and was advised to take up voice acting. At this time, she went back to her musical ambitions but also took classes in voice-overs. She soon began working with talent agent Sandy Schnarr.
Notable roles include that of character Daphne in What's New, Scooby-Doo?, which she inherited from her friend and teacher Mary Kay Bergman following Bergman's suicide.
She married Christopher DeLisle in 1992 at age 19; they divorced in 1993, but she kept his surname for her acting. In 2002, she married Murray Hammond of the country band Old 97's; their courtship and wedding were featured in an episode of A Wedding Story. She gave birth to their son Jefferson Texas "Tex" Hammond on January 31, 2007. They divorced in 2010. She later met Jared Griffin through Twitter, and they married on June 27, 2012. Their son, Harlan Roy Griffin, was born on August 7, 2014.