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‘Alice in Wonderland’: Sixty years later, former Disney child star looks back

February 18, 2011

During her early days as a school teacher in Southern California, Kathryn Beaumont had some conversations that got curiouser and curiouser. That’s the sort of thing that happens when you’re a former child actor who has given voice to two of Walt Disney’s most famous young heroines.

Beaumont, now 72 and living in Burbank, recently recalled one of the encounters: “The children were lined up outside my door for coming in,” Beaumont said. Also outside was a student’s mother, who said, “I don’t want to take too much of your time, but I took my daughter to ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ ”   The daughter insisted that Alice was now her teacher, and she and the mother had argued about it.

“So I had to tell her,” Beaumont said. “She was really in shock.” Read More