Voice actress Arleen Sorkin, renowned for originating the role of Harley Quinn in Batman's world, has passed away at the age of 67. News of her demise circulated on social media after a tweet from fellow voice actor Neil Kaplan, and this was later confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter.
Insider sources divulged that she departed on Thursday, August 24, after struggling with health problems that had curtailed her ability to act in recent times. Born on October 14, 1955, Sorkin first rose to prominence in the 1980s with her portrayal of Calliope Jones in "Days of Our Lives." Her connection with Paul Dini, a pivotal figure in "Batman: The Animated Series," began during their college days.
Dini drew inspiration from Sorkin for the creation of Harley, modeling the character after her. This creative bond was sparked by Sorkin's role in a "Days of Our Lives" episode where she portrayed a jester in a dream sequence.
Certain facets of Sorkin's identity, such as her Brooklyn accent and Jewish heritage, were seamlessly woven into Harley's persona. Initially intended as a one-off character in the 1992 episode "Joker's Favor," the fervent reception of Sorkin's performance led to Harley's recurring presence on the show and eventual integration into the DC Comics universe.
Harley's Expanding Influence and Legacy
Harley's trajectory extended beyond her origins, becoming a fixture in various DC media. She appeared in works connected to "B:TAS" (including "Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker") as well as independent endeavors.
Sorkin lent her voice to Harley in several video games, with her final portrayals in 2009's "Batman: Arkham Asylum" and 2011's "DC Universe Online." From "Batman: Arkham City" onwards, Tara Strong consistently voiced Harley in animations and games, while Margot Robbie undertook the live-action portrayal.
Arleen Sorkin is survived by her husband Christopher Lloyd and their sons Eli and Owen. Our heartfelt condolences reach out to her bereaved family during this challenging time.