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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.

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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.


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.