DC Studios CEO James Gunn shared the news of Sorkin’s death in an Instagram post.
“Rest in peace, Arleen Sorkin, the incredibly talented original voice of Harley Quinn, who helped create the character so many of us love. Love to her family and friends.
Sorkin began her career in the entertainment industry working in a comedy troupe and as an entertainer in the 70s and 80s. She landed her role as Calliope Jones in “Days of Our Lives” in 1984.
Sorkin’s performance in “Days of Our Lives” earned her two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1988 and 1989. She would have a permanent role in “Days” from 1984 to 1990, then return for appearances in 1992. 2006 and 2010.
She voiced Harley Quinn in the 1992 episode of “Batman: The Animated Series” titled “Joker’s Favour”, which was intended to be a one-episode character. Sorkin would go on to voice the character in such projects as “Superman: The Animated Series”, “The New Batman Adventures”, “Gotham Girls”, “Static Shock”, “Justice League”, “Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker” and “Batman Superman Movie: World’s Best.”
In addition to acting, Sorkin served as a writer and producer on “How to Marry a Billionaire” and “Fired Up.” She co-wrote “Picture Perfect” in 1997 and two episodes of “Tiny Toon Adventures.”
Mark Hamill, the Joker actor who often starred alongside Sorkin, offered his condolences on X/Twitter.
“Devastated to hear that we have lost the brilliant Arleen Sorkin. Not just a wonderful talent, but a truly wonderful person. I am grateful not only to have worked with her, but also to have been her friend. I extend my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.
She is survived by her husband, Christopher Lloyd, and her two children, Eli and Owen.