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Lori Alan (born July 18, 1966) is an American actress and voice actress. She has played a long-running role as Pearl Krabs on the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. She also voiced Diane Simmons on Family Guy, the Invisible Woman on Fantastic Four (1994), and The Boss in the Metal Gear video game series.

Personal life[]

Lori had a mixed-faith family: her mother is a Southern Baptist and her father is Jewish. Both of her parents were performers and supported her choice to be an actress. Alan lives in Los Angeles.

She started acting at age five, making her television debut in a Shakey's Pizza commercial.

Alan is active in animal rescue and welfare causes. She has spoken out against animal cruelty and has campaigned for the anti-dog meat charity World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade. She is also on the board of Pickle Pants Rescue, an animal rescue organization in Los Angeles.

Career[]

Lori has done vocal work for over three decades. Her process of getting to the authentic personality of the character she is providing the voice for is to improvise and trust her own choices, something she learned at her first voice acting job.

She voices Pearl Krabs on SpongeBob SquarePants, Sue Richards (the Invisible Woman) on Marvel Comics' The Fantastic Four (1994), newsreader-turned-murderer Diane Simmons on Family Guy, and The Boss in the Metal Gear series. Lori has done voices in feature films: Monsters University (Bus Driver), Despicable Me 2, WALL·E, Inside Out 1 and 2 (Mom's Sadness), the SpongeBob SquarePants film series (Pearl Krabs), and Toy Story 3, 4 and various Toy Story short films (she voices Bonnie's mom and in Toy Story Toons: Small Fry, Lori also voiced a karate-chopping toy deer named Tae-Kwon Doe). She has voiced roles for Henry Hugglemonster, Cow and Chicken, Animaniacs, and Futurama. Her rendition of The Boss was rated as one of the top 25 "Greatest Acting Performances in Video Games" by Complex.

In 2005, Lori joined Warren Beatty, Rob Reiner, Kurtwood Smith and Jason George to help voice commercials against proposals made by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In 2014, she won a Voice Arts Award (VAA) for outstanding body of work and outstanding national television commercial.

Lori's on-camera roles include Desperate Housewives, Ray Donovan, Comedy Central's Workaholics, Bones, Southland, CSI, 90210, Law & Order: LA, Law & Order, The Rookie, and many more. She also created and starred in a pilot episode for a TV show called Do The Voice (available to watch for free on YouTube), which follows a voice actor who has to deal with being publicly dumped by her crossfit-loving boyfriend and having people constantly asking her to "do the voice" of her most well-known character - Dolly the dolphin. Lori has admitted to the show being partly based on real life events. During an Instagram livestream in 2024, after a fan asked whether Do The Voice would get a second episode, Lori announced that at some point in the future it will be continuing as a stage show.

Her current on-stage credits include The Pee-wee Herman Show, solo show Lori Alan: The Musical, the hit musical Sneaux! (in which she played Queen Celia), and the award-winning musical Reefer Madness.

Lori's 1999 performance in Reefer Madness as Mae Coleman was praised by the Los Angeles Times. In 2015, as part of the Reefer Madness 10th Anniversary Cast, Lori reprised the role she originated. Her vocals on the song "The Stuff" was considered by Broadway World to be both sultry and comical. In 2024, while she (sadly) didn't reprise her role again for the 25th anniversary of Reefer Madness, she had a brief cameo as Mae in promotional material on Reefer Madness the musical's official Instagram page.

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