In 1952, she auditioned for the starring role of Aurora in the then-upcoming Disney film, Sleeping Beauty. Walt Disney called her personally within hours of the audition to inform her that the part was hers. Her role in Sleeping Beauty remains her most successful, renowned and critically acclaimed film role to-date. She continues to do promotional appearances for Disney, most recently for the Blu-ray release of Sleeping Beauty.
- She is the only actress of the original three Disney princesses to still be alive. Both Adriana Caselotti and Ilene Woods have passed away.
- She is also the only surviving cast member of Sleeping Beauty.
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- Metropolitan Opera, Performance Record: Costa, Mary (Soprano), on the MetOpera Database
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