Adriana Caselotti - the Voice of Snow White
Don't you love the sentiment on the photograph that she gave me? I swear it
was unprompted. Just shows you that the old girl was up for a joke!
Adriana was 18, when she got the part of Disney's Snow White,
in 1937. Her father was a vocal coach hired by Disney to help cast the part. She
was paid $970.00 for her work on the project, and Disney (of course) made
I know very little about this woman, and how she made a living post 30's.
MAY 2001, Findadeath.com friend
David Mize sends this information about her:
Miss Caselotti lived in a small home on the outskirts of Hollywood adorned with a wishing well like the film's in her front yard and decorated
with statues of the friendly dwarfs and an autographed photo of Walt Disney. After she starred in Snow White, she had a brief role in "The Wizard of Oz"
and made several radio singing appearances. She also wrote a book on singing at home, entitled "Do You Like to Sing?"
She was unable to really cash in on her success as the voice of Snow White, however. After the film became a smash hit, she was told by Jack Benny that
he had asked Walt Disney for permission to use her on his radio show and was told," I'm sorry, but that voice can't be used anywhere. I don't want to
spoil the illusion of Snow White."
She made several promotional appearances for the film alongside Walt Disney himself, and also is featured on a variety of promotional, autographed Snow
White memorabilia like prints and photographs. A 1987 commemorative CD of the music of "Snow White" also includes an interview with Miss Caselotti
recalling how much the film meant to her and her remembrances of Walt Disney.
Miss Caselotti later turned to an opera career, but gave it up when she married. She was widowed three times and married her fourth husband, Florian
St. Pierre, in 1989.
Thank you, David.
know that in her later years, she made a tidy sum selling autographs. I went to
an autograph show once, and I met her there. She had to be around 78 at that
point, still with that goddam Snow White ribbon in her hair,
talking in that baby voice - which you can take for only so long.
The topper was when she went into the ladies room to eat her lunch. I kid you
not. I sent in a friend to follow her in (I don't know why.) and she was eating
a bagel. Don't judge me, you would have too! You learn a lot about a celebrity,
through their toilet habits. For instance, Esther Williams does not wash her hands (True!), but I cannot even tell you about my Red Buttons
experience at Martha Raye's memorial service. Gross, but extremely funny.
She once said, "I know that my voice will never die." She was
right. As for the rest of her:
Adriana lived in a bizarre
looking house, on S. Larchmont Boulevard, in LA. Very
near Hancock Park. Her house number was 201. Here's
the front door, and here is her Snow
White Wishing Well, in the front of the house. Here is
a publicity photograph of her
in front of the house, in all her glory.
On January 19th, 1997, Adriana finally succumbed to cancer, that
had plagued her for a few years. She had her left breast removed previously, and
lung cancer developed in mid 1996. She eventually succumbed to respiratory
failure in her home, just after midnight on the 19th. She was 80 years old.
Roy E. Disney, vice chairman of the board of the Walt Disney Co. issued a
statement, "We really feel as if we've lost a member of the family. Adriana
played such an important part in our history and became the true embodiment of
that wonderful character." WhatEVer.
Adriana had her body cremated, and instead of being interred near her mother,
in Hollywood Memorial Park (Forever), she was scattered off the coast of Newport
Trivia from Findadeath.com friend
Valentine: In the seventies she lived in Hollywood or the outskirts anyway, across the street from Mary Kay Bergman, the voice-over actress who would grow up to take over as Snow White's voice for read along books, commercials ect. when
Adriana got too old. Thanks