Kathryn Beaumont
Born (1938-06-27) 27 June 1938 (age 84)[1]
London, England
EducationUniversity of Southern California
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
  • school teacher
Years active1944–2005
2010
Known forAlice in Wonderland
Peter Pan
Spouse(s)
Allan Levine
(m. 1985)
[2]
AwardsDisney Legend (1998)

Kathryn Beaumont Levine (born 27 June 1938) is an English-American former actress, singer and school teacher. She is best known for voicing Alice in Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Wendy Darling in Peter Pan (1953), for which she was named a Disney Legend in 1998.

Early life

Kathryn Beaumont was born to Evelyn and Kenneth Beaumont in London on 27 June 1938.[3] Her mother was a professional dancer, while her father was a singer.[4]

Career

Beaumont made her feature film debut in It Happened One Sunday (1944), which drew interest from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who offered her a contract.[5] She recalled: "MGM was planning to have films with British characters and British-type stories. However, as ideas come and go, they must have shelved the idea because they brought me over and put me under contract, then nothing happened."[5] In spite of this, she did play small parts in MGM's On an Island with You (1948), where she did a Jimmy Durante impression in front of Durante's character, The Secret Garden (1949) and Challenge to Lassie (1949).

After Beaumont had relocated to Los Angeles, Walt Disney Pictures began auditioning young British actresses to portray Alice in their animated version of Alice in Wonderland (1951).[5] Beaumont auditioned and received the role, working under voice director Winston Hibler.[5] Disney subsequently cast her in the voice role of Wendy Darling in their following feature, Peter Pan (1953).[5] In addition to providing her voice, Beaumont also served as the performance model for both characters for live-action reference to help the animators. When performing as Wendy, Beaumont was suspended in the air to simulate flight, although Beaumont had a fear of heights.[6] Walt Disney personally cast Beaumont after seeing the film, On an Island with You. Beaumont reprised her voice acting role as Alice in two episodes of the animated series Disney's House of Mouse (2001–2003) and as both Alice and Wendy in the 2002 video game Kingdom Hearts. In 1998, Beaumont was awarded a Disney Legend award for her voice work on the films Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.

In 2005, Beaumont retired from acting;[7] the roles of Alice and Wendy were taken over by Hynden Walch. She made a brief return to voice acting in 2010 when she voiced Kairi's grandmother in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep.[8]

Personal life

After completing Peter Pan, Beaumont graduated from high school and enrolled at the University of Southern California, where she graduated with a degree in education.[5] Upon graduating from college, Beaumont worked as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles for 36 years.[5]

Beaumont has been married to her husband Allan Levine, since 1985.[2]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1944 It Happened One Sunday Jill Buckland
1948 On an Island with You Penelope Peabody
1949 The Secret Garden Muriel Uncredited
1949 Challenge to Lassie Tenement Child Uncredited
1951 Operation Wonderland Herself / Alice
1951 Alice in Wonderland Alice (voice) Live Action Reference
1953 Peter Pan Wendy Darling (voice)
1963 Noddy Goes to Toyland Noddy / Mrs. Tubby Bear / Mrs. Noah / The Little Doll / The Little Doll's Mother (voices) Uncredited
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Additional Voices

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1950 One Hour in Wonderland Herself / Alice [1]
1951 The Fred Waring Show Alice
1951 What's My Line Herself 1 episode
1955 TV Reader's Digest Priscilla Mullins Episode: "The Voyage of Captain Tom Jones, the Pirate"
1955 Climax! Dorrant's Daughter Episode: "The First and the Last"
1958 From All of Us to All of You Alice / Wendy (voices) TV special
2002 Disney's House of Mouse Alice (voice) 2 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Disney's Villains' Revenge Alice
2002 Kingdom Hearts Alice / Wendy Darling
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Kairi's Grandma
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Alice / Wendy Darling (archive footage)
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Kairi's Grandma (archive footage)
2016 Kingdom Hearts χ Kairi's Grandma (archive footage)

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result
1998 Disney Legend Award Animation – Voice Won

References

  1. ^ a b "Kathryn Beaumont – Disney Legends, Voice". D23.com. Disney. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Kathryn Beaumont Biography (1938-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  3. ^ Armstrong, Josh (14 March 2007). "Beaumont and Kerry: Peter Pan's Leading Ladies". Animated Views. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Kathryn Beaumont Official Site". KathrynBeaumont.com. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g King, Susan (18 February 2011). "'Alice in Wonderland': Sixty years later, former Disney child star looks back". Los Angeles Times. Hero Complex. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Kathryn Beaumont Disney Legends". D23. Disney. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  7. ^ CS Interview: Kathryn Beaumont, Voice of Wendy in Peter Pan Comingsoon.net, Retrieved 14 October 2018
  8. ^ Kathryn Beaumont at Behind the Voice Actors Behind the Voice Actors, Retrieved March 10, 2022