We have received news of the passing of Gerri Lawlor. Gerri was the original female voice actress in The Sims and one of the main reasons Simlish is such a hilarious digital phenomenon.
Gerri was an amazing improvisational comedienne who brought her enormous personality to the mic. She was one of the funniest people with whom I ever had the opportunity to work. We were introduced to Gerri by Claire Curtin, who brought her in from the local San Francisco improv scene. Gerri’s generosity and willingness to try anything is one of my most cherished memories from over twenty years of making The Sims. It’s something I still lean on and learn from to this day.
Gerri and her male counterpart, Stephen Kearin, gave us the gift of side-splitting, deeply painful laughter on countless occasions in the studio, to the point of a rib fracturing in one session.
Their combined acts of sheer creative joy while playing with Simlish remain high points in my career and a constant reminder of how wonderful and fulfilling a creative life can be.
Gerri, we will miss you so much and are grateful for our time together.
Dag dag! (Gerri said it first.)
Robi Kauker, Audio Director