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Lucille La Verne was an American accomplished stage and film actress and voice actress who voiced both the Queen and the Witch in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Her most famous onscreen performance is perhaps her role as the Vengeance in A Tale of Two Cities (1935), an example of a role in which she "sacrificed her looks for the craft"[2].

Bill Cottrell and Joe Grant were in charge of the recording session of the voice of the witch. At first they felt that her voice was too smooth for the Witch. Asking herself to be excused, Lucille La Verne left the room; upon returning a few moments later, her voice was exactly what Cottrell and Grant wanted. When asked how she had achieved this, La Verne admitted that she had removed her false teeth[3]. Joe Grant noticed La Verne's changing attitude and posture when voicing the Queen and Witch, and sketched these poses down for animation reference[3].

Disney Roles

Trivia

  • The Evil Queen is the first Disney Villain. Ironically, Lucille's final film role was the role of The Evil Queen.
  • Due to voicing the Evil Queen, Lucille La Verne is the one of the two classic Disney Princess Villain actresses, the other one being Eleanor Audley, who voiced both Lady Tremaine and Maleficent.
    • Interestingly, both Lucille and Eleanor were born in November. However, Lucille's birthday is November 7, while Eleanor's birthday is November 19.

References

  1. "Lucille La Verne".
  2. Great Character Actors
  3. 3.0 3.1 Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, "The Disney Villain"
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