About this actor
Mary Costa (born April 5, 1930 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American singer, actress, and Disney legend. She is best known for playing the voice of Princess Aurora in the 1959 Disney film Sleeping Beauty. She is also a professional opera singer. Costa was born in 1930 in Knoxville, Tennessee,where she lived for much of her childhood. She sang Sunday School solos at the age of six. When she was in her early teens, Costa's 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...