Lea Salonga to be named a Disney Legend
(SPOT.ph) World-renowned performer Lea Salonga is one of 12 people being honored as a Disney Legend on August 19 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, reports PEP.ph. Apart from her extensive Broadway credentials, Salonga provided the singing voice for two Disney princesses-Jasmine in Aladdin (1992) and Fa Mulan in Mulan (1998) and Mulan II (2004).
Other recipients this year are: Muppets creator Jim Henson; TV host Regis Philbin; Guy Williams, who played Zorro for Walt Disney; Disneyland Hotel creators Jack and Bonita Wrather; Ray Watson, who helped open Disney’s Epcot theme park; Disney Consumer Products chair Barton Boyd; and other actresses whose voices gave life to Disney princes like Jodi Benson (Ariel from The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Belle from Beauty and the Beast), Linda Larkin (speaking voice of Jasmine from Aladdin), and Anika Noni Rose (Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog).
They will all receive a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture and will participate in a handprint ceremony; their prints will be displayed at the Disney Legends Plaza in Burbank, California. To date, a total of 237 Disney Legends have been honored, including Tim Allen, Robin Williams, Julie Andrews, and Barbara Walters.