March 20, 1970 – Actress, Voice of Jasmine, and Disney Legend Linda Larkin is Born
“When I see the way that little girls respond to Jasmine, I know what’s exciting about her to them. She’s not a victim. She’s not sheltered. She’s got spirit, and she has power, and I think it’s really great to be the voice of this character that is strong.”
On March 20, 1970, Linda Larking was born in Alaska; soon after her birth, she and her family moved to Duluth, Minnesota. While the family moved around the state, Larkin developed an interest in the performing arts, especially ballet. After graduating high school, she moved to New York to attend Hofstra University, and continued to book jobs dancing and, after a shift in her major, acting. In 1989, while visiting a friend in Los Angeles, Larkin ended up scoring a movie role – her first big break. This led to acting gigs on popular television shows, and finally, her biggest break of all: the voice of Princess Jasmine from the Disney animated feature Aladdin. Since that film, Larkin has still been involved as the voice of Jasmine, voicing her in animated sequels, the television series, and video games featuring her character. She was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2011.