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Lucille La Verne (November 8, 1872 - March 4, 1945) was an accomplished stage and film actress who voiced both the Queen and the Witch in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Her most famous onscreen performance is perhaps her role as the Vengeance in A Tale of Two Cities (1935), an example of a role in which she "sacrificed her looks for the craft"[1].

Bill Cottrell and Joe Grant were in charge of the recording session of the voice of the witch. At first they felt that her voice was too smooth for the Witch. Asking herself to be excused, Lucille La Verne left the room; upon returning a few moments later, her voice was exactly what Cottrell and Grant wanted. When asked how she had achieved this, La Verne admitted that she had removed her false teeth[2]. Joe Grant noticed La Verne's changing attitude and posture when voicing the Queen and Witch, and sketched these poses down for animation reference[2].

References

  1. Great Character Actors
  2. 2.0 2.1 Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, "The Disney Villain"