Jane Barbe, who nabbed monikers such as “The Voice of America” and “The Most Heard Voice in The World” because of her voiceovers and recordings for phone companies, died Tuesday in Roswell, Ga.
She was heard for 40 years by tens of millions of people each day thanks to 1,000 telephone companies using ETC’s Audichron service in the U.S., Canada, Asia and South America. Her voice told callers the time, temperature, weather, and more (such as “that number has been disconnected”).
Her voice was also used for voicemail, answer machines and hotels wake-up calls as well as hundreds of radio and TV ads. As the Time Lady, she appeared on such shows as “I’ve Got a Secret,” “The Mike Douglas Show,” “Real People” and “PM Magazine.”
Florida native grew up in Atlanta and was a U. of Georgia drama grad. She featured vocalist with the Buddy Morrow Orchestra for two years. She also sang advertising jingles that she and her composer-husband John created and produced.
She served several terms on AFTRA’s exec board.
Besides her husband, survivors include a daughter, a son and seven grandchildren.
Donations can be sent to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 535 Rucker Road, Alpharetta, GA 30004-4048.