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Mary Costa est une Actrice Américaine née le 5 avril 1930 à Knoxville (Etats-Unis)

Mary Costa

Mary Costa
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Nationalité Etats-Unis
Naissance 5 avril 1930 (91 ans) à Knoxville (Etats-Unis)

Mary Costa (born April 5, 1930) is an American singer and actress, who is best known for providing the voice of Princess Aurora in the 1959 film, Sleeping Beauty. She is also a professional opera singer.


Costa was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she lived for much of her childhood. She sang Sunday school solos at the age of six. At Knoxville High School (Tennessee), she sang in the chorus. When she was in her early teens, her family relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she completed high school and won a Music Sorority Award as the outstanding voice among Southern California high school seniors. Following high school, she entered the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music to study with famed maestro Gaston Usigli. Between 1948 and 1951, she appeared with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on the Bergen radio show. She also sang with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in concerts at UCLA, and made numerous commercials for Lux Radio Theatre.

In 1952, after meeting people at a party with her future husband, director Frank Tashlin, she auditioned for the part of Disney's Princess Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty in Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959). Walt Disney called her personally within hours of the audition to inform her that the part was hers. In 1958, Costa was called upon to substitute for Elisabeth Schwarzkopf at a gala concert in the Hollywood Bowl, conducted by Carmen Dragon. Thanks to glowing reviews from that performance, she was invited to sing the lead in her first fully staged operatic production, The Bartered Bride, produced by the renowned German producer, Carl Ebert, for the Los Angeles Guild Opera. Ebert later requested she appear at the Glyndebourne Festival, where she debuted.

Costa went on to perform in 44 operatic roles on stages throughout the world, including Jules Massenet's Manon at the Metropolitan Opera, and Violetta in La Traviata at the Royal Opera House in London and the Bolshoi in Moscow, and Cunegonde in the 1959 London premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Candide. In 1961, for RCA, she recorded Musetta in La bohème, opposite Anna Moffo and Richard Tucker, with the Rome Opera House Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Erich Leinsdorf.

Among roles which she sang for the San Francisco Opera, she was Tytania in the American premiere of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1961), Ninette in the world premiere of Norman Dello Joio's Blood Moon (1961), and Anne Truelove in the San Francisco premiere of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Violetta in La Traviata on January 6, 1964.

Costa impressed television audiences throughout her career with guest appearances on many shows, such as Bing Crosby's Christmas Show on NBC-TV. She appeared with Crosby and Sergio Franchi on The Hollywood Palace in 1970. She also appeared on Frank Sinatra's Woman of the Year Timex Special for NBC, where, with others, she was honored as one of the Women of the Year. In 1972, Sammy Davis Jr. asked her to appear on his first NBC Follies, in which she performed a blues selection with Sammy, backed up by Charlie Parker.

Jacqueline Kennedy asked her to sing at a memorial service for her husband, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, from the Los Angeles Sports Arena in 1963. She sang for the inaugural concert of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1971. In 1972, she starred in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer feature The Great Waltz, depicting the life of Johann Strauss II. Additional movie credits include The Big Caper (1957) and Marry Me Again (1953).

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La Belle au bois dormant (1959)

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Filmographie de Mary Costa (4 films)

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La Belle au bois dormant, 1h15
Réalisé par Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark, Eric Larson
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie musicale, Fantasy, Musical, Animation, Romance
Thèmes Magie, Monde imaginaire, Vieillesse, Mise en scène d'un dragon, Les fées, Mise en scène d'une sorcière, Musique, Politique, Films pour enfants, Royauté
Acteurs Mary Costa, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy, Barbara Jo Allen, Bill Shirley
Rôle Princess Aurora/Briar Rose (la princesse Aurore/Rose)
Note71% 3.5956853.5956853.5956853.5956853.595685
Un livre de contes intitulé La Belle au bois dormant s'ouvre et une voix entame la narration du conte. Dans un lointain pays imaginaire, au XIV siècle, le roi Stéphane et sa femme rêvent d'avoir un enfant. Un jour enfin, leur rêve se réalise et ils prénomment leur petite fille « Aurore ». Ils organisent alors une fête à laquelle sont conviés tous les habitants du royaume. Hubert, le roi d'une contrée voisine, se joint à l'assistance, et leur présente son jeune fils, le prince Philippe. Soudain, trois marraines-fées apparaissent. Elles sont venues offrir chacune un don à la petite princesse Aurore : Flora, à la robe rose ou rouge, la dote d'une beauté incomparable ; Pâquerette, à la robe verte, la dote d'une voix mélodieuse. Quand Pimprenelle, à la robe bleue, s'apprête à formuler son don, un grand souffle de vent se fait entendre. Un éclair zèbre la salle du trône, et Maléfique, la terrifiante et méchante sorcière du Mal, fait son apparition, vite rejointe par son fidèle corbeau. Pleine de rancune de ne pas avoir été invitée à la fête, elle exprime sa déception. Plutôt que de se taire, la mère de la petite Aurore ne peut s'empêcher de faire un commentaire : Maléfique en profite pour faire un "cadeau" à la jeune princesse. En fait, elle se venge de cet affront en lui jetant un mauvais sort : en grandissant, elle deviendra gracieuse et belle, et aura pour elle l'amour et la dévotion de chacun. Mais, avant le jour de ses seize ans, elle se piquera le doigt au fuseau d'un rouet, et en mourra. Pimprenelle, qui ne peut conjurer totalement le mauvais sort, l'adoucit. Au lieu de mourir, la princesse Aurore tombera dans un profond sommeil d'où seul le baiser d'un prince pourra la tirer.
The Big Caper, 1h24
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Policier
Acteurs Rory Calhoun, Mary Costa, James Gregory, Corey Allen, Paul Picerni, Robert H. Harris
Rôle Kay
Note63% 3.19013.19013.19013.19013.1901
His portion of the loot from a recent heist squandered, minor-league criminal Frank Harper talks his boss, Flood, into a more lucrative project: on the weekend before a Monday payday, break into a San Felipe, California bank, which will be holding a million-dollar payroll for the Marine Base at Camp Pendleton. Flood plans the operation, sending his moll Kay with Frank to become established in the community at San Felipe and to lay the groundwork for the heist.
Marry Me Again, 1h13
Réalisé par Frank Tashlin
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Robert Cummings, Marie Wilson, Lloyd Corrigan, Moroni Olsen, Mary Costa, Ray Walker
Rôle Joan
Note68% 3.449913.449913.449913.449913.44991
Bill has an unusual dilemma when he returns home from the war in Korea, where he'd been a pilot. Out of pride, he wants to provide the sole support for Doris and their family, but Doris isn't sure what to do because she has just inherited a fortune.