Walt Disney Made The Actress Who Voiced Snow White To Be Kept A Big Secret, Which Ruined Her Career

Date March 23, 2018

Adriana Caselotti was just 19 years old when she was chosen to be the voice of Snow White in one of the most successful and popular Walt Disney's cartoons.

Walt Disney personally hired Adriana as she had ''ageless, friendly, natural, and innocent'' that he was looking for the main heroine.

Caselotti’s father was a professional voice coach in Los Angeles, he was asked by a Disney casting scout if he can recommend any of his students. At that time, more than 150 singers went through the audition and received refusals.

Adriana charmed everyone with her voice, including Walt Disney himself. She got paid $20 a day to sing and read the lines for the role and made a total of $970.

The 'Snow White' premiere took place on December 21, 1937, at the Carthay Circle Theater, in Los Angeles. The Hollywood’s biggest names were invited, including Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich, Shirley Temple, Judy Garland, and many more.

But there was one name missing. The name without which the film might not even exist - Adriana Caselotti. She and Harry Stockwell, the voice of Prince Charming, managed to sneak into the screening without tickets. As the credits rolled, the audience exploded with applauds, but Adriana ‘s name wasn’t listed in the credits; nor were any of the other voices.

This created big troubles in finding new jobs later in life. Jack Benny, an American comedian, radio, television, and film actor, asked Disney for permission to use Caselotti’s voice on his radio show but he was told:

I'm sorry, but that voice can't be used anywhere. I don't want to spoil the illusion of Snow White.

Disney created a lot of difficulties for Adriana, making it problematic for her to appear in any other film, putting her on a blacklist for acting.


Later, Caselotti had two tiny movie spots—an uncredited role in Wizard of Oz and a small singing part in It’s a Wonderful Life. She passed away in 1997, at the age of 80.