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Adriana Caselotti

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Adriana Hitchell Caselotti (May 16, 1916 - January 19, 1997) was an American actress best known for providing the voice behind the lead character in Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Adriana was born into a home full of song. Her father Guido Caselotti, an immigrant from Italy, was a teacher of music and a vocal coach. Her mother, Maria Caselotti (from Naples), was a singer in the Royal Opera. Her older sister Louise was also quite musical; she gave voice lessons and sang opera. It goes without saying that Adriana herself was also vocally gifted, given her strong musical background.

In the mid-1930s, Guido Caselotti was hired by Walt Disney to help cast parts in his new film.

Adriana made a conscious decision to not appear in any other films following Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in order to not “spoil the illusion of Snow White”. The only other work she did following her premiere was an uncredited role in The Wizard of Oz, as the voice of Juliet during the Tin-Man’s song, “If I Only had a Heart”.

She did, however, do a few promotional spots for Snow White, signing memorabilia. Later in her life, she sold autographs. She also made an attempt at an opera career. In the early 1990s, when the Snow White Grotto at Disneyland was refurbished, Caselotti re-recorded “I’m Wishing” for the Snow White Wishing Well at the age of 75.

Eleven years before her death, Adriana was diagnosed with cancer in her left breast, which she eventually had removed. In 1996, she again developed cancer - this time, in her lungs.

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  • ringwraith10

    From the description: "Adriana made a conscious decision to not appear in any other films following Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in order to not “spoil the illusion of Snow White”." ... I heard that was contractual -- her contract specified that she could not perform in other roles. Yes, she consented to sign the contract, but that's not the same thing as making a conscious decision to do something...

    20 Jan 2014 Reply
  • BeckyLovesDelta

    R.I.P She truly was a princess. Beautiful and very gifted

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • BeckyLovesDelta

    someday my prince will come makes me cry. I always thought it was beautiful *-*

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Larintha

    <3 Love it :D

    23 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Dana-R

    <33333333

    29 Oct 2009 Reply
  • vasiab

    Amazing soprano voice....so delicate <3

    26 Jun 2009 Reply
  • yasezber

    more... please.!

    29 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Drachenlady82

    wonderful voice...

    18 Sep 2008 Reply
  • VerrDi

    My Pani nie znamy ale słuchamy - niepojęte ... :P

    27 Aug 2008 Reply

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