Cree Summer Francks (born July 7, 1969) is an African-American voice actress who has done much voice work in cartoons since the 1980s. Her voice was frequently lent to African-American girls. Her voice-acting career began in 1983 when she was cast as the voice of Penny on the original cartoon version of Inspector Gadget. Her unique, throaty voice was instantly recognizable to casting agents (as well as viewers even today), who began frequently casting her in animated programs.