At 101, actress and dancer Mardge Champion, who became the prototype of Disney’s Snow White, died.
The actress died in Los Angeles, on September 2, she turned 101 years old. Born Marge Belcher, she studied dancing from early childhood, and at 12 she became a ballet instructor at the school of her father Ernest Belcher. Soon she was hired by Walt Disney Studios, and at the age of 14 Marge became the model with whom the main character of the classic 1937 cartoon “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was copied. It was the first full-length cartoon in history.
To make Snow White more alive, artists painted her movements in “nature” Marge. Later, the actress became the prototype for the Blue Fairy from Pinocchio and one of the characters in the animated film Fantasy.
The first husband of the actress was Walt Disney animator Art Babbitt, she later married two more times. Her acting career includes several musicals and films, and Marge received an Emmy award for her choreography of Queen of the Hall of Stardust.