The Faces Behind Your Favorite Disney Princesses and their Prince Charmings

Tonight as I was rocking Lincoln to sleep, I decided to turn on the “Disney Station” on Pandora. It reminded me how much I love Disney and how happy I am that I finally have a male spawn that will sing the boy parts of the songs with me, yesss!
It made me think about how I’ve always wondered what the actresses behind the animations actually looked like. Especially Jasmine, who to me always sounded like she was from Southern California and not “from a land from a far away place”. I’m just sayin…
So after lots of research, here’s our favorite Disney leading ladies and their fabulous men!
Snow White – 1937
Adriana Caselotti – Snow White
Adriana Caselotti was personally chosen by Walt Disney to voice Snow White in his first full length animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarf’s in 1937. Walt wanted to keep Snow White’s voice a mystery and besides a small part in 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, she was not allowed to appear in any other films or radio.,
 
 Harry Stockwell – Snow White’s Prince
Harry Stockwell’s claim to fame was providing the voice for The Prince  in Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
Little Mermaid – 1989

Jodi Benson – Ariel
Jodi Benson is the enchanting voice behind our favorite Little Mermaid, Ariel. The actress, 51, became a Disney Legend in 2011 for her role in the Academy Award-winning Disney film. She’s also lent her voice to Barbie in Toy Story and Thumbelina in the Warner Brothers classic, Thumbelina (1994).

Christopher Daniel Barnes – Eric
Christopher Daniel Barns landed the role of Ariel’s hunky Prince Eric in 1989 at the age of 16! He is also known for his work as the lead character in the Spider-Man cartoon series and as Greg Brady in the Brady Bunch Movie. He was unable to reprise his role in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, but did voice Prince Charming in the Cinderella sequels.
Sleeping Beauty – 1959
Mary Costa – Aurora
Walt Disney personally called Mary Costa and offered her the part of Princess Aurora only hours after auditioning for the role. The star, 82, became a Disney Legend in 1999 and now dedicates her time to inspiring children and teenagers.
 

Bill Shirley – Prince Phillip
Bill Shirley is probably best known for voicing Prince Phillip in Sleeping Beauty (1959). He also lent his singing voice to the role of Freddy Einsford-Hill in My Fair Lady. Shirley passed away from lung cancer in 1989.
 
Peter Pan – 1953
I know. not a Princess, but my favorite movie!

Kathryn Beaumont – Wendy Darling
Kathryn Beaumont is famous for her work as Wendy Darling in the Disney classic Peter Pan (1953). She’s also well known as the voice and live-action model of Alice in 1951’s Alice in Wonderland. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Kathryn became an elementary school teacher and continued teaching for 30 years.

 
Bobby Driscoll – Peter Pan
Bobby Driscoll won an Academy Award at the age of 12 for his role in The Window. A natural-born actor, Driscoll landed the main role in Disney’s Peter Pan (1953) and was even the live action model for the film. He also played the roll of young Jim Hawkins in Disney’s Treasure Island in 1950.  Bobby was terminated by Disney shortly after the release of Peter Pan and after years of drug abuse, passed away in 1968 at the age of 31.
Cinderella – 1950

Ilene Woods – Cinderella
Ilene Woods received her own radio show at the age of 14 which led to recording two songs as a favor to friends. She did not know at the time they were for the upcoming Disney animated feature Cinderella (1950). After hearing the recordings, Walt Disney chose her for the film’s main role. Ilene passed away in 2010 at the age of 81.

William Phipps – Prince Charming
William Phipps lends the speaking voice to the very handsome Prince Charming in Cinderella. Although the singing voice of Prince Charming belongs to Mike Douglas, no…not THAT Mike Douglas, Phipps’ voice has become a classic one.  William Phipps served in the US Navy during World War II and went on to act in several sci-fi and western films and television series before retiring in 2000.

Mulan – 1998
 Ming-Na – Mulan
The gorgeous Ming-Na is the speaking voice behind the fearless Mulan. She’s also appeared in many tv series such as ER, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Phineas and Ferb, Private Practice and Two and a Half Men.

Fun Fact: The singing voice of Mulan belongs to Lea Solonga who also provided the singing for Jasmine in Aladdin!

BD Wong – Shang
BD Wong is best known in our household as “that guy from Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”, which his Mulan costar made a guest appearance!
Beauty and the Beast – 1991

Paige O’Hara – Belle
Paige O’Hara is the voice of Belle from the Walt Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast (1991). She later appeared in the Film Enchanted (2007) along side Amy Adams. Paige has also reprised her role as Belle in several Beauty and the Beast Sequels.

Robby Benson – The Beast
Robby Benson provided the strong, yet charming, voice of The
beast in Beauty and the Beast (1991). Benson also auditioned for the part of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars (1977) but lost the part to Mark Hamill.
Aladdin – 1992
Linda Larkin – Jasmine 
Linda Larkin played the speaking voice of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin (1992). Linda’s voice actually had to be lowered in the film in order to play Jasmine because her voice was too high. I love how her and Aladdin sound like they are fresh out of Bayside High (Saved by the Bell joke)

Scott Weinger – Aladdin
Scott Eric Weinger, also known as DJ Tanner’s boyfriend, Steve, voiced the very handsome and slick Aladdin. Scott attended Harvard University  and reprised his role as Aladdin on several sequels to the film as well as the animated television series.
Pocahontas – 1995

Irene Berdard – Pocahontas
Irene Berdard not only voices Pocahontas but also served as the live-action model for the animated film. She went on to appear in the 2005 film The New World where she played the role of Pocahontas’ mother.
Mel Gibson – John Smith
I don’t feel an explanation is necessary here :).

 

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