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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Every Princess Has a Royal Villain, Cinderella & Aurora Shared One!
Princess Has a Royal Villain
and Aurora Shared One!
19th, 1905 ~ November 25th, 1991
Eleanor Audley (November 19, 1905 – November 25, 1991) was an American
actress who was a familiar radio and animation voice, in addition to her TV and
film roles. For many, she provided Disney animated features with their most
outstanding and memorable villainess voices.
Beginning as a radio actress, she worked extensively in
the 1940s and 1950s in Hollywood on such shows as Escape, Suspense and the
radio versions of My Favorite Husband (as mother-in-law Mrs. Cooper) and Father
Knows Best (as one of the Anderson family's neighbors). In 1953, she played the
stepmother in a re-imagining of the Cinderella story for The Six Shooter
starring James Stewart.
In the animated film industry she was best known for
giving her distinctive, powerful voice to the evil stepmother Lady Tremaine in
the Disney animated film Cinderella and the wicked fairy Maleficent in Disney's
Sleeping Beauty. For both films, animator Marc Davis created the characters'
facial features to resemble Audley. Audley initially turned down the choice
role of Maleficent because she was battling tuberculosis.
She also provided the voice of Madame Leota in the Haunted
Mansion attractions in Disneyland and Walt Disney World, speaking the memorable
lines, "Rap on a table. It's time to respond. Send us a message from
Beginning in the mid-1950s, she appeared constantly on
television, including episodes of I Love Lucy, Perry Mason, and The dick
VanDyke Show. She was a series regular as Oliver Douglas's disapproving mother
on Green Acres (although she was only five months older than actor Eddie
Aalbert, who played her son). She also played Millicent Schuyler-Potts, the
headmistress of the Potts School which Jethro Bodie attended in The Beverly
Audley died at her home in North Hollywood, Los Angeles,
on November 25, 1991, just six days after her 86th birthday, due to respiratory