Het is vandaag twintig jaar geleden dat Adriana Caselotti is overleden. Zij is vooral bekend als de stem van Sneeuwwitje in de gelijknamige tekenfilm van Walt Disney.
Adriana Caselotti was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut to an Italian American family. Her father, Guido Caselotti (1884-1978), was an immigrant from Udine, and worked as a teacher of music and a vocal coach. Her mother, Maria Orefice (1893-1961), from Naples, was a singer in the Royal Opera Theatre of Rome. Her older sister, Louise, sang opera and gave voice lessons (for example, to Maria Callas, from 1946 to 1947).
Als 20-jarige werd Adriana Caselotti verkozen boven o.a. Deanna Durbin om de liedjes van Sneeuwwitje te zingen in de tekenfilm van Walt Disney, making her the first woman to receive an Academy award in the voice category.
She was under contract with Disney, and Disney prevented her from appearing in further film and other media, even for Disney himself. Jack Benny specifically mentioned that he had asked Disney for permission to use her on his radio show and was told, “I’m sorry, but that voice can’t be used anywhere. I don’t want to spoil the illusion of Snow White.”
The only other work Caselotti did following her premiere was an uncredited role in MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz” (1939). She provided the voice of Juliet during the Tin Man’s song, “If I Only Had a Heart”, speaking the line, “Wherefore art thou Romeo?”
In 1946, she had an uncredited role in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”, singing in Martini’s bar as James Stewart was praying.
Adriana Caselotti did, however, several promotional spots for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, signing memorabilia. On November 22, 1972, she guest-starred on an episode of “The Julie Andrews Hour” saluting the music of Walt Disney, singing “I’m Wishing” and “Someday My Prince Will Come” with Julie Andrews.
Later in life, Caselotti wrote a how-to book, “Do You Like to Sing?” and also made an attempt at an opera career (for example, in “Rigoletto”), maar zonder veel brokken te maken. (Wikipedia)