Today I wanted to share with you the unfortunate story of how the voice actress Adriana Caselotti who played Snow White, in (you guessed it) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
Disney is well known for its loving, lesson teaching and admirable work that has been put out over the last 80 years or so, everything that is associated with Disney is meant to be great. But being involved with Disney hasn't always been so great for some.
Before Disney became as famous as it was, before the debut of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Adriana and Caselotti as a Snow White. Back in 1935 Adriana worked at MGM as a chorus girl prior to being picked up with Disney for her role of Snow White, going on to be a massive success.
But there's where it most likely went down hill for the singing sensation, the contract that she had signed with Disney when she was hired actually had a career ending restriction, Adriana was NOT allowed to appear in any other film, not a TV show or even on the radio! It was all restricted for the voice actress and here's why.
Disney wanted to keep the illusion of Snow White real and intact so it wouldn't be subdued to the voice of Snow White sounding like anyone else; so she was her unique character with her own distinct voice. When I said the actress wasn't allowed on any types of media, I seriously meant it, Jack Benny (American Comedian, radio, film and television actor) requested permission to have Andriana Caselotti appear on his radio show and received the response;
I'm sorry, but that voice can't be used anywhere. I don't want to spoil the illusion of Snow White"
The only other piece of work Caselotti did after the release of Snow White was an uncredited role in the also famous film, The Wizard of Oz (1939) where she provided the role of of Juilet in Tin Man's song 'If I Only Had a Heart', singing the line "Wherefore art thou, Romeo". She also had another uncredited role in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) where Caselotti sung in Martini's bar.
For the role of Snow White Adriana was paid $970 ($15,913 today) without realising it was going to be such a big hit.
The star went on to marry four times and in 1994 Casselotti was awarded the "Disney Legend" award, 3 years prior to her death in 1997.
So what do you think? Do you think this was the right thing to do on Disney's hand, does this really prove that Walt Disney was dedicated to his work and fans, after all he didn't want the illusion of the character to spoiled!
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