Kathryn Beaumont

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Kathryn Beaumont

Born

6/27/1938, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Katherine Beaumont

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Kathryn Beaumont-Levine
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Biography

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Katherine Beaumont is an English actress who is most famously known for performing the voice as Alice in Disney's Alice in Wonderland and Wendy in Disney's Peter Pan.

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Kathryn and her parents attended the July 25th London Opening of Alice in Wonderland.

    • Kathy had three big thrills aboard the ship back to America - One was posing with elder statesman Bernard Baruch for the news photographers, another was receiving an album of the RCA records she and the original cast made of Alice. The third big thrill was celebrating her 13th birthday half way across the ocean.

    • Kathryn's favorite foods are strawberries, raspberries, and leg of lamb.

    • In school, Kathryn's favorite subject was arithmetic; especially geometry.

    • In July 1952, Movie Teen magazine asked Kathryn to model bad behavior. In the article, she kicked a guy in the shin while dancing with Bobby Driscoll and acted like she could care less. In another article, she and Bobby were annoying theatre-goers.

    • In the early 1950s, Bobby Driscoll took Kathryn on a "date" while accompanied by a studio photographer.

    • Prior to voicing Alice and Wendy, Kathryn already knew the stories of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.

    • Kathryn can drive a car.

    • Kathryn's mother gave Kathryn a typewriter as a Christmas present so she could write her own short stories. Kathryn can type up to 55 words a minute.

    • Kathryn's mother never allowed Kathy to work after five o'clock in the afternoon and she tried to keep her interested in normal things.

    • As a teenager, Kathryn was an avid stamp collector and wanted more than anything to play the piano.

    • At the age of 13, Kathryn refused to wear lipstick if she didn't have to.

    • Kathryn sailed on the Queen Mary when she revisited London for the first time after coming to America.

    • Although Kathryn earned good grades in school, she was worried because she knew so little about American history.

    • After performing in school plays, friends of the Beaumonts suggested Kathryn to be trained as an actress.

    • Kathryn doesn't remember much of London. All she remembers is bombs and sirens.

    • Kathryn attended Sheen Gate High School in London. When she was forced to move to Wales, she went to a Welsh school where she couldn't understand a word they were saying. Later, however, her old class evacuated to Wales, so she rejoined her old class.

    • Walt Disney picked Kathryn to do the voice of Alice in Alice in Wonderland at the age of 10.

    • For a time, Kathryn lived in Canada.

    • During her teaching career, Kathryn lost contact with Disney. In 1983, Howard Green (Disney promotion executive) reestablished the contact and asked her to return to do the voice-over of Wendy in Peter Pan.

    • In 1953, Kathryn enrolled in a public high school. There, she signed up for the drill team and ran for a position in the student government.

    • Kathryn served as the physical model for Wendy Darling in Peter Pan.

    • Kathryn attended the promotional tour for Alice in Wonderland with Walt Disney and the rest of the crew.

    • Kathryn's mom and her tutor were always present while Kathryn worked on Alice in Wonderland. Kathryn worked for 4 hours, then she studied for 3 hours, and then she went home.

    • Kathryn held a non-speaking role in MGM's The Secret Garden in 1949.

    • Although she was uncredited, Kathryn appeared in the British movie It Happened One Sunday in 1943.

    • Kathryn's parents were both in the show business. Her mother, Evelyn, was a professional dancer and her father, Kenneth, was a singer and musician.

    • Kathryn continues to do voices for any games where the voice of Alice or Wendy is required. An example is Kingdom Hearts.

    • Walt Disney discovered Kathryn after watching her in the film On An Island With You.

    • As Alice, Kathryn sang "Very Good Advice", "In a World of My Own", "All in a Golden Afternoon", "Beyond the Laughing Cloud" on the Alice in Wonderland. soundtrack. As Wendy, she sang "Your Mother and Mine" on the Peter Pan soundtrack.

    • As a school teacher, Kathryn says her students still ask about her "Disney voices."

    • Kathryn married Allan Levine in 1985. As of 2008, she was still married to him.

    • Kathryn continued to work for Disney each summer during her years at college.

    • In 1998, Kathryn was named a "Disney Legend" by the Walt Disney Company.

    • Kathyrn attended the University of Southern California where she earned a degree in teaching. She teaches 2nd graders.

    • Kathryn replaced child star Margeret O'Brien for the voice of Alice in Alice in Wonderland.

    • In 1945, Kathryn was spotted by an MGM scout and was sent to America on contract for her acting.

    • Kathryn moved to Bango, North Wales during World War II because her father, Kenneth Beaumont, was a broadcaster for the war. She returned to London in 1945.

    • Walt Disney chose Kathryn as the model for Alice in Alice in Wonderland because he was so impressed with Kathryn's acting ability, sparkling eyes, and long curly blond hair.

  • Quotes

    • Kathryn: Maybe Peter Pan has such a universal appeal because it's something adults look back on, and they can enjoy the nostalgia of childhood itself.

    • Kathryn: Walt Disney was a very friendly person. Not at all what you'd expect a boss to be. ... I remember going to a small screening room, and he was in there, sitting with everybody else, and this woman walked in. She was looking for a place to sit. And he got up and let her sit in his seat. This was just the way he was.

    • Kathryn: (regarding her reenactment of Wendy) Obviously, it gives me a feeling of great nostalgia, because when something repeats itself like this you're going back and remembering a lot of wonderful experiences from way back when.

    • Kathryn: I love America, but I'm awfully proud of being British.

    • Kathryn: I really had some wonderful experiences as a teacher, so that has been very gratifying for me.

    • Kathryn: In a sense, the roles that I did were somewhat anonymous because I lent my voice, not my physical being.

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