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Tribute to Don LaFontaine PT2 EP35

The celebration of the life of Don LaFontaine continues with Joe Cipriano and Paul Pape explaining the inspiration for creating the Don LaFontaine Voice Over Lab and what voice actors can do to support the Lab.

We learn what Don did to keep his golden voice healthy and how the movie trailer for the GUNSLINGERS OF CASA GRANDE changed his life. We hear more about Don and his only agent Steve Tisherman’s relationship including Don’s funny nicknames for him and Don’s other best friend, actor Steve Susskind, is lovingly remembered by the panel of guests.

Nita Whitaker LaFontaine openly discusses her raw and poignant book, FINDING MY VOICE, that she wrote following Don’s passing and expresses her gratitude for the village of friends and family that surround her and her daughters.

Each guest reflects on how they would like Don to be remembered and give more insight about the amazing qualities Don possessed. Viewers get to see the state-of-the-art Lab and are encouraged to use it to honor Don’s memory and philosophy of giving. Nita talks about the kind of father he was to their daughters and how Don never did anything small, demonstrated by taking an original bedtime story and turning it into a movie with an A-list cast and crew and original music. Paul tells a touching story about Don also being a giving, loving, father figure to other people’s children as well.

The episode closes with a photo montage with the exquisite voice of Nita Whitaker LaFontaine singing a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein song. Rest in peace Don LaFontaine, forever will he reign as the King of Voice Over.

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