Who is Sandy Cheeks’ (SpongeBob) voice Carolyn Lawrence?
Carolyn Lawrence was born in Baltimore, Maryland USA, on 13 February 1967 – her zodiac sign is Aquarius and she holds American nationality. She is an actress and voice actress, perhaps best known for voicing Sandy Cheeks in the animated comedy series “SpongeBob SquarePants” which has been running since 1999, and was created by Stephen Hillenburg, Tim Nill and Nick Jennings. The series stars Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke and Rodger Bumpass, and follows a sea sponge living at his pineapple home underwater, who is working at a fast food restaurant and is spending most of his free time with his best friend Patrick. The series is popular worldwide, and has won 51 awards, while it’s been nominated for 59 others including ten Primetime Emmys.
Early life and education
Carolyn was raised in Baltimore as an only child by her mother who was a librarian, and her father who was a construction worker. She grew up being interested in dance, and began practicing at her elementary school, also her acting skills as she appeared in several plays performed there.
Carolyn was physically very active while attending high school, as she was playing a variety of sports. Before matriculation, she moved to Chicago in Illinois where she enrolled at a dancing school, and worked several jobs to financially support herself before she launched her acting career in 1987, aged 20.
Roles in TV series
Carolyn made her debut TV series appearance in 1987 when she voiced Amy March in the Japanese animated series “Tales of Little Women”, which starred Keiko Han and Eiko Yamada and which follows the life of Louisa May Alcott and her three sisters.
Seven years later in 1994, she guest starred as Dasha in the episode “Future Bride” of the comedy series “Weird Science”, and as Michelle Baby in the episode “Person To Insect” of another comedy series “Mike & Spike” before she was invited to play Karen Anders, one of the lead characters in the comedy series “Muscle” in 1995, which starred Shannon Kenny, Dan Gauthier and Amy Pietz; however, it was cancelled after 13 episodes. In 1996, Carolyn appeared in the episode “Grouses, Houses and Bickering Spouses” of the comedy series “Wings” created by David Angell and Peter Casey, which starred Tim Daly, Steven Weber and Crystal Bernard; it was about two brothers who are running their own airline, and won two awards and was nominated for six others, including three Primetime Emmys. In the same year, she played the Operator in a single episode of the family series “7th Heaven”.
The year 1997 saw her guest star as Michelle in the episode “Enjoy Your Haddock” of the comedy series “Union Square”, created by Fred Barron and Marco Pennette and which starred Harriet Sansom Harris, Jim Pirri and Jonathan Slavin. The series won one award and was nominated for four others, including a Primetime Emmy.
After her successful voice role in “SpongeBob SquarePants”, Carolyn was invited to voice Betina in two episodes of the French-British-Canadian “Rayman: The Animated Series”, and then went on to voice Cindy Vortex, Tina Sue and Rose, in the computer-animated series “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius”, which aired from 2002 to 2006, created by Keith Alcorn and John A. Davis.
It starred Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia and Rob Paulsen, and follows a boy genius who is often invents amazing gadgets – it won eight awards and was nominated for eight others. Carolyn’s following role was in 2003 when she portrayed Marjorie in the episodes “Pilot” and “Snow Job” of the comedy series “A Minute with Stan Hooper”, which starred Norm Macdonald but was cancelled after airing only three episodes. In 2004, she guest starred as the Thirty-Year-Old Juror in the episode “Shock and Oww!” of the critically acclaimed legal comedy series “Boston Legal”, while the year 2005 saw her voice Orel Puppington in the adult stop-motion animated series “Moral Orel”, about a young boy, Orel who fears God while he is living in a world full of cynicism. The series won two Primetime Emmys and was nominated for six other awards.
One of her latest roles in TV series has been in the animated “The Fairly Odd Parents”, voicing Mrs Sunshine in the episode “No Substitute for Crazy” in 2006.
Roles in movies
Carolyn made her debut film appearance in 1991 when she portrayed a Sorority Girl in the family film “Little Man Tate”, which starred Jodie Foster, Dianne Wiest and Adam Hann-Byrd, and was about a young boy who is being raised solely by his mother, and who is studying quantum physics at the age of seven.
In 2001, she voiced Cindy Vortex in the computer-animated science fiction comedy movie “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” which would later be turned into TV series, then in 2003 Carolyn portrayed Penelope in the comedy film “Vampires Anonymous”, written and directed by Michael Keller which starred Paul Popowich, Michael Madsen and Judith Scott.
It follows a vampire who is trying to stop drinking blood, and thus enters a rehabilitation program. The year 2004 saw her voice three characters in the animated film “Wagon Party”, directed and written by Craig Bartlett which follows several misfits as they investigate a treasure map – it won Joey Paul Jensen a nomination for an Artios Award for Best Casting for Animated Voice Over, Television. Carolyn went on to voice Cindy Vortex in the crossover movie trilogy “The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour”, which is about the above mentioned character Jimmy Neutron, and voiced Snowflake in the short animated comedy film “Catching Kringle”, which starred Tricia Clark and Danny DeVitto, and is about an evil general who made Santa Claus a national security threat – the film won Jeff Wadlow a Jury Award for Best Short Film – Animated.
Carolyn reprised her role as Sandra Cheeks in the animated comedy film “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie”, and in 2008 she was cast to voice Shizuka Minamoto in the English version of the Japanese animated movie “Doraemon: Nobit and the Green Giant Legend”. Two of Carolyn’s most recent roles in movies have been in the comedy film “Stan” in 2011, directed and written by Evald Johnson, and the animated film “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” in 2015. She has recently been cast to voice Sandra Cheeks once again in the “SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run”, set to be released in early 2021.
Voicing video game characters
Carolyn voiced four characters in the critically acclaimed platform video game “Spyro: Year of the Dragon” in 2000, while 2001 saw her voice Sandra in both “SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge” and “SpongeBob SquarePants: Operation Krabby Patty”.
In 2002, she voiced several characters in the game sequel “Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly”, before voicing Sandra in three new SpongeBob SquarePants video games.
In 2003 she voiced a mother and her child in the 3D platform game “Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando”, developed for PlayStation 2, and the following year seven characters in the 3D fantasy massively multi-player online role playing game “EverQuest II”, as well as Cindy Vortex in “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius: Attack of the Twonkies”. In 2005, she worked on games such as “Resident Evil 4”, “SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants!”, and “Nicktoons Unite!”, and went on to voice characters in two other Nicktoons video games, as well as three new SpongeBob SquarePants games.
Her latest role in a video game has been in “SpongeBob HeroPants”, in which she voiced both Sandra Cheeks and The Rodent in 2015.
Love life and relationships
Carolyn doesn’t like to talk about her private matters, but it is known that she was married to Michael Stoyanov, an American writer and actor of Bulgarian and Ukrainian descent.
He is perhaps best known for his roles in the action crime film “The Dark Knight” in 2008, and the drama series “Billions” which has been airing since 2016. He and Carolyn met in the ’90s when they were working on the same TV series, and married in a private ceremony attended by only two of their best friends – nobody else knew about the marriage for the following two months, but they divorced after less than a year of being together, and they don’t have children.
Since her divorce from Michael which is said to have been around 2001, Carolyn has been single or has simply been very good at keeping her relationships away from the media’s attention. She is currently single.
Hobbies and other interests
Carolyn is keen on spending her free time with her family, and as she stated during an interview for the “Nickelodeon Magazine” in December 2006 – ‘it’s a bit boring, but it’s true!’
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Her main hobby is travelling and she has been all around to US to shoot for her TV series and movies, while she has also been to several European countries such as France and Switzerland among others. After she learned that her character Sandy Cheeks is interested in karate, Carolyn began taking karate lessons in real life, and is now the holder of a green belt.
She likes to watch animated TV series in her spare time, and two of her favorites are “Rick & Morty” and “The Simpsons”, while she is also keen on watching live-action movies. Her favorite actor and actress are Nicolas Cage and Sandra Bullock, while some of her favorite movies are “Gone in 60 Seconds”, “National Treasure” and “The Rock”.
Carolyn’s net worth
Carolyn’s net worth has been estimated at over $1 million as of June 2020. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes, and her height is 5ft 4ins (1.63m). Her age is 53.