The Real Woman Behind Disney's Maleficent

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The Real Woman Behind Disney's Maleficent

You probably have the faces of Disney's animated Maleficent and Lady Tremaine committed to memory, so you are more familiar with the actor behind them than you suspect. Learn more about Eleanor Audrey, the woman behind two iconic Disney villains below.

WHAT DO CINDERELLA'S STEPMOTHER AND SLEEPING BEAUTY'S MALEFICENT HAVE IN COMMON? Besides being Disney villains with unjustified grudges against young

ELEANOR AUDLEY MADE HER ACTING DEBUT ON BROADWAY AND HAD AN EXTENSIVE RADIO CAREER.

DISNEY MOVIES USED LIVE ACTION REFERENCE SCENES. For Cinderella (1950) and Sleeping Beauty (1959), Audley provided her voice and her physicality for t

Beyond her incredible voice, we can also see Audley's mannerisms and likeness in the characters.

In this scene, we can see that the animators decided to use a candle over the original lantern prop. CRACKED.COM

AUDLEY ALSO APPEARED ON EPISODES OF GREEN ACRES, THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, I LOVE LUCY, AND PERRY MASON. Audley reprised her role as Cinderella's stepm

DIEHARD DISNEY FANS CAN ALSO HEAR HER VOICE IN THE HAUNTED MANSION RIDE AT DISNEYLAND. She is the voice (but not the face) of Madam Leota. CRACKED.COM

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