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Sherri Stoner is an American actress and writer. She was born July 16, 1959, in Santa Monica, California.[1]

She has worked extensively in animation. She was a writer and producer for such 1990s animated shows as Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs. She is probably best known for Animaniacs, for which she created and voiced Slappy Squirrel, a grumpy retired cartoon character.[2] As a producer for Tiny Toon Adventures, Sherri won Emmy awards for Outstanding Animated Program in 1991[3] and 1993.[4]

She also cowrote the 1995 film version of Casper with Deanna Oliver[5] and was on the writing staff for the 1996 revival of an animated Casper the Friendly Ghost, also known of The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper.[6] Stoner and Oliver also co-wrote the Disney film, My Favorite Martian, based on the original 60s TV series.[7]

Stoner served as the body model for Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid[8] and for Belle in Beauty and the Beast.[9] Ariel frequently bites her lower lip, and Belle often brushes hair away from her face. Both of these are mannerisms of Stoner's that animators adapted to the characters.

Her live-action television work includes a recurring role as Rachel Brown Oleson in Little House on the Prairie,[10] and appearances in Murder, She Wrote[11] and Knots Landing.[12]

Stoner, also a member of the Groundlings improvisational troupe in Los Angeles.

Sherri Stoner lives and works in Los Angeles.


  1. California Birth Index [1]
  2. Maurice LaMarche, Tom Ruegger, et al.. (2006). Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs: Volume 2. Special Features:The Writers Flipped They Have No Script.. [DVD]. Warner Home Video.
  3. The Internet Movie Database – Daytime Emmy Awards 1991[2]
  4. The Internet Movie Database – Daytime Emmy Awards 1991[3]
  5. The Internet Movie Database – Casper (1993) [4]
  6. The Internet Movie Database – Casper (1996) [5]
  7. The Internet Movie Database – My Favorite Martian (1999) [6]
  8. The Little Mermaid Art Gallery:Early Drawings, Model Keys, color Keys [7]
  9. Disney Archives – Belle Character History [8]
  10. The Internet Movie Database – "Little House on the Prairie" (1974) – Full cast and crew [9]
  11. The Internet Movie Database – "Murder She Wrote" Old Habits Die Hard (1987) [10]
  12. The Internet Movie Database – "Knots Landing" Let Me Count The Ways (1980) [11]

External links

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