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Eleanor Audley

Eleanor Audley

Eleanor Audley was an actress and familiar voice in radio, film, television, and animation. Beginning as a radio actress, she worked extensively in the 1940s and 1950s in Hollywood on such shows as Escape, Suspense, and the radio versions of My Favorite Husband (as mother-in-law Mrs. Cooper) and Father Knows Best (as one of the Anderson's neighbors).

She was perhaps best known for providing the voices for the wicked fairy Maleficent in the Disney animated film Sleeping Beauty, Madame Leota in the Haunted Mansion attraction at the Disney theme parks around the world, and the evil stepmother Lady Tremaine in the Disney animated film Cinderella. Animator Marc Davis created the characters' facial features to resemble Audley.

Her many roles in movies and on television in the 1950s and 1960s made her a very recognizable character actress. One notable running role was that of Oliver Douglas's mother Eunice in the Green Acres sitcom that aired on CBS from 1965 until 1971.

Audley died of respiratory failure on November 25, 1991, in North Hollywood, California.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Eleanor Audley Facts

Birth NameEleanor Zellman
BirthdayNovember 19, 1905
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Date of deathNovember 25, 1991 (Hollywood, California, USA, age 86)

Selected Filmography

Sleeping Beauty
The Hitchhiker
Cinderella 3-Movie Collection Trilogy 1, 2, 3
The Second Time Around
Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra
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