Voiceover actress Cynthia Songe dies

Credits included 'Stuart Little,' 'Clifford'

Cynthia Songe, a voiceover actress who also taught and wrote about her craft, died May 19 after a brief illness in Arroyo Grande, Calif. She was 58.

Songe's deep, distinctive voice can be heard in commercials and on such TV shows and films as "Clifford," "Stuart Little," "Ben & Izzy" and "Curious George."

After graduating from UCLA, Songe worked as an actor and director and became a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater, but after taking a voiceover class with Susan Blu, she found her niche.

Working with Blu -- an accomplished voice director in the animation industry -- Songe helped her students work toward successful voiceover careers, with a focus on the development of what she called "the signature voice."

Songe and Blu wrote the 2006 manual "Word of Mouth: A Guide to Voiceover Excellence, Volume 3."

In addition to Blu, her spouse, Songe's survivors include her sister, Susan Songey; nephew Chris Jackowchik and his wife Ginger; and grand niece and grand nephew Ellie and Will.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo, Calif.