Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Look Back at Peggy Lee and 'Lady and the Tramp'

As January 21 marks the anniversary of singer Peggy Lee's death in 2002, we have some very cool pictures of Lee, her songwriting partner Sonny Burke and a number of animators and production people from Disney's Lady and the Tramp. There may be a picture of some guy named Walt too.

Lee was a very popular recording artist, charting hits for over 30 years including "Fever" and "Is That All There Is?" Her success spilled over to motion pictures. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in 1955's Pete Kelly's Blues.

Peggy Lee voiced Peg in
Lady and the Tramp.
With Burke, she co-wrote songs for Lady and the Tramp, including "He's a Tramp," "La La Lu" and "Siamese Cat Song." She also provided the voice for Lady's owner Darling, the pound pup Peg, and the cats Si and Am.

In 1991, Lee successfully sued Disney for royalties related to home video sales. The landmark case opened the door for other voice actors such as Ilene Woods (Cinderella) and Mary Costa (Sleeping Beauty) to file suit against Disney as well.

Lady and the Tramp will be released on Blu-ray for the first time on February 7.

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