The actress we are going to talk about today is special because today, she would have been 103 years old! Barbara Luddy, Born May 25, 1908 in Montana and died April 1, 1979 in LA, is a very familiar and distinctive Disney voice that we must celebrate!
Barbara got her start with Disney in 1955 providing the voice for the adorably proper Lady in Lady and the Tramp.
In 1959, Barbara was called to record for Sleeping Beauty. She was the loveable yet stubborn good fairy, Merryweather. (For those of you who know the fairies by their color, she’s the blue one!)
She had a small part in 1961’s One Hundred and One Dalmatians, giving a little voice to the puppy Rover.
Her biggest and most repeated role came in 1966 when she was asked to voice loving mother figure, Kanga, in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree. She also voiced Kanga in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974) and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
There was one more movie that Barbara was in, and that was 1973’s Robin Hood. She voiced the Mother Rabbit and Mother Church Mouse.
Barbara had a sweet and fun voice and I know that I really enjoy hearing her in her movies. I hope this will help you to pick out this birthday girl’s voice the next time you watch these movies!