Did you know these Connecticut actresses voiced Disney princesses?

In this film publicity image released by Disney, Princess Tiana, voiced by Anika Noni Rose, holds Prince Naveen, voiced by Bruno Campos, in a scene from the animated film,

In this film publicity image released by Disney, Princess Tiana, voiced by Anika Noni Rose, holds Prince Naveen, voiced by Bruno Campos, in a scene from the animated film, "The Princess and the Frog." (AP Photo/Disney)

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With tall pine trees, gurgling brooks, stunning waterfalls and quaint wildlife, sometimes Connecticut looks like the background for a Disney movie.

But for two girls, it really was.

Anika Noni Rose, voice of Princess Tiana for Disney’s “Princess and the Frog,” and Adriana Casselotti, voice of Snow White from the Disney movie of the same name, both called Connecticut home.

Adriana Caselotti - Snow White
Bridgeport

Bridgeport native Adriana Caselotti, who as a convent-educated teenager in 1934 won the role as the voice of sweet, innocent Snow White in Walt Disney's first feature-length cartoon, is shown arriving in New York on December 14, 1939.

Bridgeport native Adriana Caselotti, who as a convent-educated teenager in 1934 won the role as the voice of sweet, innocent Snow White in Walt Disney's first feature-length cartoon, is shown arriving in New York on December 14, 1939.

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Caselotti was born in Bridgeport in 1916 to Italian immigrant parents. Her father was a music teacher in New York and her mother and sister were both opera singers.

She spent the first seven years of her life in Bridgeport before the family moved back to Italy while her mother performed opera in Rome, and then moved to New York City.

Her father continued to teach vocal lessons in the city, when one day Walt Disney called, asking if any of his vocal students had a clear, bell-like voice that would fit a character for a new movie he was working on. After auditioning more than 150 vocalists, he still hadn’t found the right voice, according to Disney’s fan website D23.com.

Unbeknownst to the two men, 18-year-old Caselotti was on the line and piped up, reportedly saying “Listen to me, wouldn’t my voice do?”

Fortunately for her, Disney cast her as the lead in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

Because of her strict contract with Disney, Caselotti did not go on to any other starring roles, but she did have uncredited parts in “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “The Wizard of Oz.” When the Tin Man sings “Of I Only Had a Heart,” listen closely and you’ll hear her clear voice saying “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?”

Caselotti died at her home in Los Angeles in 1997, three years after being the first female voice actress to have earned the Disney Legend award.

Anika Noni Rose - Tiana
Bloomfield

Actress Anika Noni Rose attends

Actress Anika Noni Rose attends "The Princess and the Frog" 10th anniversary screening on September 5, 2019 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

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On the other side of the state in Bloomfield, another Disney princess was born in 1972.

In a 2014 interview with Vanity Fair, Anika Noni Rose called herself a “Disney kid,” and said that after watching “Snow White” for the first time, she asked her mother if there could ever be a princess named “Chocolate Brown.” Little did she know that she would grow up to play Disney’s first Black princess in “Princess and the Frog.”

She’s starred in movies like “Dream Girls,” TV shows like Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere” and has captured the stage on Broadway with “Footloose,” “Caroline or Change” and “A Raisin in the Sun.”

In 2018, she was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. She’s also been named a Disney Legend and is a Grammy-nominated and Tony-Award-winning singer and actress.

Recently, she starred in Netflix’s Christmas Musical “Jingle Jangle” and is slated to star in the upcoming Netflix series “Maid.”