Paige O’Hara, Belle — Disney Princesses Then and Now
Then: With performances as Fantine in ‘Les Miserables’ and Ellie in ‘Show Boat,’ O’Hara was an established Broadway star who was chosen for the role of Belle for her incredible singing voice. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ marked her big screen debut.
Now: She went on to lend her voice to Belle in various TV and video game incarnations. And though replaced in 2011, she was honored with a Disney Legend Award that same year. She now lives in Nevada with her husband, actor Michael Piontek.