Paige O`Hara Bio - Biography

Name Paige O`Hara
Naionality American
Date of Birth 10-May-1956
Place of Birth Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Famous for Acting
Paige O`Hara is an American actress, singer, and painter. Beginning her career as a Broadway actress, O'Hara made her motion picture debut in Disney's Oscar-winning animated feature film Beauty and the Beast (1991), in which she voiced the film's heroine, Belle.

O'Hara made her first appearance on the Broadway stage as Ellie May Chipley in the revival of Showboat in 1983 starring Donald O'Connor. She repeated the role for the Houston Grand Opera's 1989 production and continued with them when the show was moved to the Cairo Opera House in Egypt. Continuing her legacy as Ellie, she also sang the part on the 1989 Grammy nominated recording of the musical with Jerry Hadley, Frederica von Stade and Teresa Stratas, conducted by John McGlinn on the Angel EMI label. Her other American stage credits include the title role in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Broadway and national tour) and Ado Annie in a national tour of Oklahoma directed by William Hammerstein. Internationally, O'Hara has played the role of Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (Australia). In April, 2011, O'Hara played the role of Judy Garland in "From Gumm to Garland: JUDY, The Musical" at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona.

A longtime fan of Walt Disney Pictures, O'Hara auditioned for Beauty and the Beast at the age of 30 after reading about the film in The New York Times. O'Hara also starred as Venus in the BBC's recorded broadcast of the live presentation of Kurt Weill's "One Touch of Venus" and in tribute to her Belle character from Beauty and the Beast, she portrayed Angela, a character in a fictional soap opera, for the Disney live action/traditional 2-D animated movie Enchanted. For her work as Belle, O'Hara was honored with a Disney Legend Award on August 19, 2011.