Brazilian actress, voice actress and dubbing director Ana Lucia Menezes’ voices were well known in Brazil. She passed away a week ago, aged 46, following a stroke. Now people are waking up to the many voices of Ana Lucia Menezes – including Toph Beifong and Chihiro Ogino.
Who did Ana Lúcia Menezes voice?
Born in Recife, Brazil in 1975, Menezes enjoyed a prolific career as a voice actress.
Menezes didn’t often find herself in front of the camera – she has only three IMDB credits as an actress, and they are all animations.
Nevertheless, millions of Brazilians knew Menezes’ voice.
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In the words of Reddit user u/Bjern98, for many Brazilians, “her voice was a constant presence in our childhoods”.
Fans of Ben 10, Alice in Wonderland, Sonic the Hedgehog, Power Rangers, Teletubbies, Spirited Away and a host of other shows will likely have heard her work.
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Ana Lúcia Menezes as Toph Beifong, among others
Menezes dubbed the voice of Toph Beifong in Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-8), along with Poof and Trixie Tang in The Fairly OddParents.
She also dubbed the voice of Chihiro Ogino in the 2001 Studio Ghibli classic Spirited Away.
For that she received a nomination for a Yamoto Award, also known as the Oscar for Dubbing, in 2004.
She got another nomination the following year for best supporting actress for Koto in Japanese manga series Yu Yu Hakusho.
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Ana Lúcia Menezes death
Menezes suffered a stroke on 15 April, and died five days later. She was just 46 years old.
According to Brazilian website Estrelando, the blood clot in her brain that caused the stroke may have resulted from a bout of covid-19 Menezes suffered in the middle of 2020.
Menezes’ voice acting career spanned over 30 years. She started in 1988 by dubbing the voice of Guru (Roo) in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
Her daughter, voice actress Beatriz Menezes, survives her.