International singer Lea Salonga joins the prestigious circle of Disney Legends who will be honored on Aug. 19 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.
Disney President and CEO Bob Iger says The Disney Legends Award is the highest and most coveted honor given to individuals who gave voice to some of the most iconic and beloved Disney princesses. The award also recognizes the talents and outstanding contributions of the honorees to the Disney legacy.
The Filipino international singer was cited for providing the singing voice for two Disney characters: Jasmine in “Aladdin” (1992), and Fa Mulan in “Mulan” (1998) and “Mulan II” (2004). She was also cited for garnering numerous awards for her impressive performance in Broadway, especially as Kim in Miss Saigon.
The 12 Disney Legends will each receive a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture. Their bronzed handprints will also be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at Disney’s Burbank headquarters.
Aside from Salonga, the other recipients this year are Muppets creator Jim Henson, TV host Regis Philbin; and actresses who lent their voices for Disney Princesses, including 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).
Since its inception in 1987, more than 200 Disney Legends have already been honored that include Hollywood celebrities Tim Allen, Robin Williams, Julie Andrews and Barbara Walters.