July 20, 1890 – Character Actress Verna Felton is Born
“Walt found her voice wonderful, and he used her again and again.” – John Culhane, Author and Film Historian
On July 20, 1890, Verna Felton was born in Salinas, California. She began her career in radio, working on Red Skelton’s radio series and The Jack Benny Program. In 1941, Felton was hired as a voice actress for the Disney animated feature film Dumbo as Mrs. Jumbo (Dumbo’s mother) and the Elephant Matriarch. She would continue to be hired by the studio in a variety of roles, including the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, Aunt Sarah in Lady and the Tramp, Flora in Sleeping Beauty, and Winifred the Elephant in The Jungle Book. The Jungle Book would be her last role, as she would pass away from a stroke on December 14, 1966, the day before Walt Disney passed away.