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Meet Adriana Caselotti: Voice of Walt Disney's Snow White
Who Is Adriana Caselotti? She WAS Snow White!
Adriana Caselotti was hired at the age of 18 to voice Snow White when Walt Disney went looking for someone who could hit the high notes required in opera but who could also sing and speak like a child.
When Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was produced, it was known as Disney's Folly because it was the first full-length animated movie ever made. Walt Disney went ahead and made it despite the controversy. He spared no expense and the movie went on to become one of Disney's most famous movies, to make plenty of money and to help create the Disney Studio we all know and love today.But what of Adriana Caselotti?
How much was she paid for beingthe voice of Snow White?
Was it enough?
For generations past, present and future, Adriana Caselotti IS Snow White.
Adriana Caselotti Signed and Sold Many Autographs
Fast Facts About Adriana Caselotti
- BIRTH DATE: May 6, 1916
- DECEASED: January 19, 1997
- OCCUPATION: Actress and singer
- MOST FAMOUS FOR: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- MARRIED: Four times
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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"One of the brightest nuggets from Disney's golden age, this 1937 film is almost dizzying in its meticulous construction of an enchanted world, with scores of major and minor characters, each with a distinct identity.When you watch Snow White's intricate, graceful movements of fingers, arms, and head all in one shot, it is not the technical brilliance of Disney's artists that leaps out at you, but the very spirit of her engaging, girl-woman character.It's a crowning achievement and should not be missed." -Tom Keogh
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"In his first animated feature film, Walt Disney purposefully hid the identity of the voice of Snow White, the 18-year old Adriana Caselotti (1916-1997), effectively rendering her voice property of Disney. The only other film role she had was a bit p
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"Hollywood Reporter reported in November 1939 that Caselotti (who modern sources claim was paid $14,000 for her work on the picture) sued Disney for $200,000 for alleged use of her recorded singing without her permission."
- Adriana Caselotti, 80, Voice of Snow White - New York Times
"In a 1993 interview, Miss Caselotti said she was paid $20 a day to sing and read the lines for the role, for a total of $970, and that she did not realize she was working on a full-length animated film."
Do you think Adriana Caselotti was paid enough for voicing Snow White?
Now that you know how much she was paid, here's some background information
It is reported that Walt Disney paid Miss Caselotti $20 per day for her role as the voice of Snow White, an amount which totalled $970.
It is also said that Walt Disney blacklisted Adriana Caselotti from appearing in ANY OTHER MOVIES in order to protect the illusion of Snow White.Miss Caselotti did eventually appear in The Wizard of Oz as the voice of Juliet in the Tin-Man's song, If I Only Had a Heart (for which she was paid $100) and in 1946, she appeared in It's A Wonderful Life at Martini's bar while James Stewart was praying.
She did some promotions of Snow White and she later appeared in a few related television shows including The Julie Andrews' Hour episode about Walt Disney's music and on The Mike Douglas Show. Eventually, she sold autographs to earn money and she tried to restart a career in the opera. At the age of 75, she re-recorded I'm Wishing for Snow White's Grotto in Disneyland.
Miss Caselotti, who voiced an iconic Walt Disney character, eventually and unsuccessfully sued Disney for a bigger salary or piece of the movie's profits.
Was Adriana Caselotti paid enough for voicing Snow White?
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Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs Movie Soundtrack
Adriana Caselotti's voice is both unique and haunting.
"Disney's Snow White, the world's first animated musical feature, is still a standard in the industry. Though 1930s recording technology was primitive by today's standards, the Disney music studios have always used the available technology to its fullest, and this recording still stands up. The mature but hauntingly childlike Adriana Caselotti as Snow White is a unique vocal presence, and the songs include "Whistle While You Work," "Heigh-Ho," and "Some Day My Prince Will Come."The score is nearly as great an accomplishment as the film itself." ~ John Sanchez
Another Adriana Caselotti Autographed Picture
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