O'Hara was born Donna Paige Helmintoller in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and attended Nova High School in Davie, Florida. She performed in shows with the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre.
O'Hara now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with husband Michael Piontek.
As the singing and speaking voice of the animated heroine Belle in Beauty and the Beast (1991), Paige O'Hara added a Disney classic to a career that has spanned Broadway, opera and concert stages, and the recording studio.
"I had been a Disney fanatic from the time I was little," Paige once said. "As soon as I heard about the project, I called my agent and said, 'I have to be seen for this.' I ended up auditioning five times for Belle, but from the very beginning I felt very confident, because I knew this was my part. It was just one of those things you know." Paige reprised the role of Belle in the popular sequels Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) and Belle's Magical World (1998), and the unprecedented success of Beauty and the Beast has earned her a multitude of fans of all ages all around the world.