Rare Behind-The-Scenes Photos Of The Live-Action Inspiration For Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty”

These compelling color photos offer a glimpse into the making of this classic Disney film.

1. Actress and dancer Jane Fowler performs some of the live-action sequences for Maleficent.

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2. Along with Maleficent, Fowler was also a live-action reference for the Queen (aka Princess Aurora’s mother).

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3. While Fowler provided some of the live-action references, all of Maleficent’s mannerisms and expressions are based on actress Eleanor Audley, who not only also provided some of the live-action modeling as well, but also voiced the character.

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Audley had previoulsy been the voice and live-action reference for another Disney villain, Lady Tremaine in Cinderella.

Both actresses contributed into creating, arguably, the greatest Disney villain ever.

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4. Actor Ed Kemmer as Prince Phillip, modeling for the final battle sequence.

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Actor Bill Shirley provided the voice for Phillip in the film.

Prince Phillip, unlike his two other prince predecessors from Snow White and Cinderella, was a much more prominent character.

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5. Kemmer kissing actress Helene Stanley — who provided all the live-action modeling for Princess Aurora — on the cheek as they model for the iconic “True Love’s Kiss” scene.

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No cheek kissing in the final product!

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