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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
1Living 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]
2A 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 Andronicus2000Mourner
The Great Waltz1972Jetty Treffz
The Merry Widow1968TV MovieAnna Glawari
The Voice of Firestone1963TV SeriesMarguerite
The Voice of Firestone1963TV SeriesMarguerite
Sleeping Beauty1959Princess Aurora (voice)
The Big Caper1957Kay
Climax!1955TV SeriesHost / Co-Host
The Bob Cummings Show1955TV SeriesChuck's English Teacher
Marry Me Again1953Joan

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song1992Video documentary performer: "Once Upon a Dream"
The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: To the Ladies1960TV Special performer: "Ouvre ton coeur", "Yours Is My Heart Alone" - uncredited
Sleeping Beauty1959performer: "I Wonder" 1958, "Once Upon a Dream" 1958 - uncredited
The Jack Benny Program1957TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shower of Stars1956TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth2001TV Movie documentary grateful acknowledgment
Once Upon a Dream: The Making of Walt Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty'1997Video documentary short thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tony Baxter: 45 Years of Imagination2013Documentary
The Paul O'Grady Show2008TV SeriesHerself
Picture Perfect: The Making of Sleeping Beauty2008Video documentary shortHerself
Once Upon a Dream: The Making of Walt Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty'1997Video documentary shortHerself - Voice of 'Sleeping Beauty'
NBC Follies1973TV SeriesHerself
Strauss and Vienna: On Location: The Great Waltz1972Documentary shortHerself
Bing Crosby and the Sounds of Christmas1971TV MovieHerself
The Jim Nabors Hour1969-1970TV SeriesHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Palace1964-1970TV SeriesHerself - Singer / Herself - Opera Soprano / Herself - Opera Singer
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHerself
Della1969TV SeriesHerself
13 Stars for Channel 131968TV MovieHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1967TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Milton Berle Show1966TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1963TV SeriesOpera Singer
The 34th Annual Academy Awards1962TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The Frances Langford Show1960TV SeriesHerself
The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: To the Ladies1960TV SpecialHerself - Singer
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1959TV SeriesHerself
Climax!1955-1958TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host / Herself / Herself - Host / ...
The Jack Benny Program1957TV SeriesHerself
Shower of Stars1954-1957TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Hostess / Herself - Co-host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances1993TV SeriesCunegonde from 'Candide'
The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song1992Video documentarySleeping Beauty
DTV Valentine1986TV MoviePrincess Aurora

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1973Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - FemaleThe Great Waltz (1972)
1959GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Soundtrack Album, Original Cast - Motion Picture or TelevisionSleeping 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
1Her trademark role was as the voice of Aurora in the Disney Classic "Sleeping Beauty".


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