We are very sorry to share the news that Arleen Sorkin, actress who inspired and voiced “Batman: The Animated Series” fan-favorite character Harley Quinn, has reportedly passed away.
This news was posted by voice actor Neil Kaplan, who says the sad news was confirmed by a source who’d rather remain anonymous.
Sorkin’s performance on an episode of “Days of Our Lives” is actually what inspired Paul Dini (and Bruce Timm) to create the Harley Quinn character. Watching the scene in question leaves little doubt as to Sorkin’s presence and jester abilities.
The 22nd episode, “Joker’s Favor,” marked Harley’s debut in “Batman: The Animated Series” on September 11, 1992.
Sorkin was 67.
James Gunn also posted about the news.
Dini has since posted his thoughts here.