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Eleanor Audley
Background information
Born Eleanor Zellman
November 19, 1905
New York City, New York, United States
Died November 25, 1991 (aged 86)
North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Cause of death Respiratory failure
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Alternate names
Occupation(s) Actress
Years active 1942-1979

Eleanor Audley (born Eleanor Zellman; November 19, 1905 - November 25, 1991) was an American actress who was a familiar radio and animation voice, in addition to her TV and film roles. For many, she provided Disney animated features with their most outstanding and memorable villainess voices.


In the animated film industry she was best known as the voices of the evil stepmother Lady Tremaine in the Disney animated film Cinderella and the wicked fairy Maleficent in Disney's Sleeping Beauty. For both films, animator Marc Davis created the characters' facial features to resemble Audley.

She also provided the voice of Madame Leota in the Haunted Mansion attractions in Disneyland and Walt Disney World, speaking the memorable lines, "Rap on a table. It's time to respond. Send me a message from somewhere beyond!"

Both of the animated characters she voiced were portrayed years later by Angelina Jolie and Cate Blanchett in the live-action films Maleficent and Cinderella.


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