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While attending a performing arts high school in her native Florida, “I literally created havoc in ninth grade when I retired from cheerleading” O’Hara recalls. As she explained to her classmates, “it’s messing up my voice.” That voice — and its “womanly, old-soul quality” — proved a key to O’Hara winning the role of Belle. ~ Las Vegas Review Journal
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On the process of filming Beauty and the Beast, Paige note[s], “There wasn’t a time clock, Robbie Benson and I were allowed to go out of the norm and record together….to create scenes…..the whole creative process was something I’ve never experiences before or after.” ~ BabytoBoomer.com
Read full article here: http://babytoboomer.com/2012/01/09/paige-ohara-on-the-legacy-of-being-princess-belle-and-what-shes-working-on-now/
When you are part of something so big, it's hard to be known for anything else. O'Hara was reminded of it last week when she did a fresh round of interviews to promote the 3-D re-release of the classic. ~ Las Vegas Review Journal
Read full article here: http://www.reviewjournal.com/mike-weatherford/belle-still-tolls-actress-ohara
I’ve been an actress now for 40 years, and it’s just a trick that I learned from acting class when I was a kid. Just constantly keep it fresh by changing your intents slightly and clear your mind. That’s the biggest thing, Robin; you have to clear your mind before the show. ~ with Robin Leach for The Las Vegas Sun
Read full article here: http://lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2015/feb/03/paige-ohara-talks-menopause-musical-moving-harrahs/
Growing up, I was always a bit of an oddball like Belle. I loved George Gershwin and I was in theater, so that made me a little different. …. I'm certainly a little bit of a geek in that way, and I totally just embrace her. ~ Pro.BoxOffice.com
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I actually create world paintings of “Beauty and the Beast” from all through the film. All the characters and themes, and the paintings have been doing really well. My artwork has done really well. It’s been great. ~ with Robin Leach for the Las Vegas Sun
Her favorite song from the movie? Surprisingly it’s not one of the many songs she sings but the title song and she believes it’s one of the best songs in history.
Her favorite scene is the snow scene when Belle begins to fall in love for the first time with the Beast.
Who would she want to be if she wasn’t Belle? The Beast! She says the film is the Beast’s story and Robbie Benson did a phenomenal job with the role, but it’s also a challenging role and one she’d love to take on.
Which other princess would she want to voice? None, she believes all of the other princesses were voiced by phenomenal people with fabulous talent and they made the part theirs. She’s especially happy for her friend Jody Benson, another Broadway “girl” who did an amazing job as Ariel in the “The Little Mermaid.”
~ Excerpt from "Baby To Boomer Lifestyle & Reviews" (January 9, 2012)
"Disney had originally considered casting Jodi Benson from The Little Mermaid as Belle. They eventually decided upon Broadway actress and singer Paige O'Hara in favor of having a heroine who sound[ed] "more like a woman than a girl". According to co-director Kirk Wise, O'Hara was given the role because she "had a unique quality, a tone she would hit that made her special", reminiscent to that of American actress and singer Judy Garland. O'Hara, who, after reading about the film in The New York Times, competed for the role against 500 hopefuls..."
~ Excerpt from Wikipedia Beauty and the Beast (1991 film)
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