The legendary voice talent who made film history in 1937 by giving personality and life to Walt Disney’s first feature-length cartoon heroine, Snow White, died January 19 at her home in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. She was 80.
The daughter of a well-known Los Angeles vocal coach, Caselotti was 19 years old when she bested more than 150 girls, including Deanna Durbin, vying for the voice role. When she recorded the songs for the picture, Disney animators studied her gestures as she sang for inspiration. The enduring popularity of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and its subsequent reissues, kept Caselotti an active participant in publicity and TV specials celebrating the film.