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Mary Costa

Biography

Opera vocalist and actress most widely known to most viewers as the tone of voice of Princess Aurora in Disney’s 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty. She received the Life time Achievement Award from the Licia Albanese Puccini Base in 1989. She sang in Weekend schools beginning at age six; after their studies at the LA Conservatory of Music, she began doing work for Disney and proved helpful a gala concert on the Hollywood Dish. She sang in forty-four operas total, including Leonard Bernstein’s Candide and RCA’s La boheme. She was created an only kid in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was wedded to Frank Tashlin from 1953 until 1966. She made an appearance on the chat displays of Johnny Carson, Don Knotts, Jim Nabors, and many more.

Quick Facts


Full Name Mary Costa
Date Of Birth April 5, 1930
Place Of Birth Knoxville, TN
Profession Opera Singer
Education Knoxville High School
Nationality American
Spouse Frank Tashlin
Awards Disney Legends
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress
Movies The Great Waltz, Sleeping Beauty, The Big Caper, Marry Me Again
TV Shows Climax!
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1 Living in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennesse, she is involved with Child Help, which is an organization for abused children. She also continues to sing in her home and works with young musical students. [2003]
2 A character in Kevin Lima's Enchanted (2007) is named Mary Ilene Caselotti. This is a reference to Mary Costa, Ilene Woods (who voiced the title character in Cinderella (1950)), and Adriana Caselotti (who voiced the title character in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)).


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Titus Andronicus 2000 Mourner
The Great Waltz 1972 Jetty Treffz
The Merry Widow 1968 TV Movie Anna Glawari
The Voice of Firestone 1963 TV Series Marguerite
The Voice of Firestone 1963 TV Series Marguerite
Sleeping Beauty 1959 Princess Aurora (voice)
The Big Caper 1957 Kay
Climax! 1955 TV Series Host / Co-Host
The Bob Cummings Show 1955 TV Series Chuck's English Teacher
Marry Me Again 1953 Joan

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song 1992 Video documentary performer: "Once Upon a Dream"
The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: To the Ladies 1960 TV Special performer: "Ouvre ton coeur", "Yours Is My Heart Alone" - uncredited
Sleeping Beauty 1959 performer: "I Wonder" 1958, "Once Upon a Dream" 1958 - uncredited
The Jack Benny Program 1957 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shower of Stars 1956 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth 2001 TV Movie documentary grateful acknowledgment
Once Upon a Dream: The Making of Walt Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty' 1997 Video documentary short thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tony Baxter: 45 Years of Imagination 2013 Documentary
The Paul O'Grady Show 2008 TV Series Herself
Picture Perfect: The Making of Sleeping Beauty 2008 Video documentary short Herself
Once Upon a Dream: The Making of Walt Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty' 1997 Video documentary short Herself - Voice of 'Sleeping Beauty'
NBC Follies 1973 TV Series Herself
Strauss and Vienna: On Location: The Great Waltz 1972 Documentary short Herself
Bing Crosby and the Sounds of Christmas 1971 TV Movie Herself
The Jim Nabors Hour 1969-1970 TV Series Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1970 TV Series Herself
The Hollywood Palace 1964-1970 TV Series Herself - Singer / Herself - Opera Soprano / Herself - Opera Singer
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Herself
Della 1969 TV Series Herself
13 Stars for Channel 13 1968 TV Movie Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1967 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Milton Berle Show 1966 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1963 TV Series Opera Singer
The 34th Annual Academy Awards 1962 TV Special Herself - Performer
The Frances Langford Show 1960 TV Series Herself
The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: To the Ladies 1960 TV Special Herself - Singer
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1959 TV Series Herself
Climax! 1955-1958 TV Series Herself - Co-Host / Herself / Herself - Host / ...
The Jack Benny Program 1957 TV Series Herself
Shower of Stars 1954-1957 TV Series Herself / Herself - Hostess / Herself - Co-host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances 1993 TV Series Cunegonde from 'Candide'
The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song 1992 Video documentary Sleeping Beauty
DTV Valentine 1986 TV Movie Princess Aurora

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1973 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Most Promising Newcomer - Female The Great Waltz (1972)
1959 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Soundtrack Album, Original Cast - Motion Picture or Television Sleeping Beauty (1959) · George Bruns (Music Adapter; Orchestral Score)
· Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ("Sleeping Beauty Ballet")
· Tom Adair (Lyrics)
· Winston Hibler (Lyrics; only for "I Wonder")
· Ted Sears (Lyrics; only for "I Wonder")
· Sammy Fain (Music and Lyrics; only for "Once Upon a Dream")
· Jack Lawrence (Music and Lyrics; only for "Once Upon a Dream")
· Erdman Penner (Lyrics)
· Bill Shirley (Performer)


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#Trademark
1 Her trademark role was as the voice of Aurora in the Disney Classic "Sleeping Beauty".


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