Adriana Caselotti

Adriana Hitchell Caselotti (May 16, 1916 - January 19, 1997) was an American actress best known for providing the voice behind the lead character in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Adriana was born into a home full of song. Her father Guido Caselotti, an immigrant from Italy, was a teacher of music and a vocal coach. Her mother, Maria Caselotti (from Naples), was a singer in the Royal Opera. ...show more

Adriana Hitchell Caselotti (May 16, 1916 - January 19, 1997) was an American actress best known for providing the voice behind the lead character in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Adriana was born into a home full of song. Her father Guido Caselotti, an immigrant from Italy, was a teacher of music and a vocal coach. Her mother, Maria Caselotti (from Naples), was a singer in the Royal Opera.

Her older sister Louise was also quite musical; she gave voice lessons and sang opera. It goes without saying that Adriana herself was also vocally gifted, given her strong musical background. In the mid-1930s, Guido Caselotti was hired by Walt Disney to help cast parts in his new film. Adriana made a conscious decision to not appear in any other films following Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in order to not "spoil the illusion of Snow White".

The only other work she did following her premiere was an uncredited role in The Wizard of Oz, as the voice of Juliet during the Tin-Man's song, "If I Only had a Heart". She did, however, do a few promotional spots for Snow White, signing memorabilia. Later in her life, she sold autographs. She also made an attempt at an opera career. ...show less