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Encyclopedia > Lady Tremaine
Lady Tremaine
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First appearance Cinderella (1950)
Created by Charles Perrault
Voiced by Eleanor Audley (original)
Susan Blakeslee (sequels)
Characteristics
Notable aliases The Wicked Stepmother

Lady Tremaine (also known as Stepmother to Cinderella) is the main villain from Disney's animated classic Cinderella. She is based off of the original character from the Cinderella fairy tale created by Charles Perrault. Her original voice actress, Eleanor Audley, would later be the voice actress for the evil witch Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty, which was released nine years later. There can be many likenesses drawn from the art styles of Maleficent and Lady Tremaine. In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Cinderella is a 1950 animated feature produced by Walt Disney, and released to theaters on February 15, 1950 by RKO Radio Pictures. ... Charles Perrault, 1665 Charles Perrault (January 6, 1628 – May 16, 1703) was a French author who laid foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, and whose best known tales include Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), La Belle au bois dormant (Sleeping Beauty), Le Chat bott... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Eleanor Audley Eleanor Audley (born November 19, 1905, in New York City, New York, died November 25, 1991 in North Hollywood, California) was an actress and familiar voice in radio, film, television, and animation. ... Susan Blakeslee is a voice actor. ... Cinderella is a 1950 animated feature produced by Walt Disney, and released to theaters on February 15, 1950 by RKO Radio Pictures. ... A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ... Charles Perrault, 1665 Charles Perrault (January 6, 1628 – May 16, 1703) was a French author who laid foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, and whose best known tales include Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), La Belle au bois dormant (Sleeping Beauty), Le Chat bott... Eleanor Audley Eleanor Audley (born November 19, 1905, in New York City, New York, died November 25, 1991 in North Hollywood, California) was an actress and familiar voice in radio, film, television, and animation. ... Maleficent is a fictional character, the wicked dark fairy who appears in Walt Disneys 1959 adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. ... Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Productions and originally released to theatres on January 29, 1959. ...


Lady Tremaine is first introduced when Cinderella's father, a wealthy widower, felt that she needed a mother figure. He married the widowed Lady Tremaine. She was described as a woman of good family who had two preteen daughters the same age as Cinderella: Drizella (the older stepsister) and Anastasia (the younger stepsister). Both were rather plain and socially awkward (although Anastasia is reformed in Cinderella II: Dreams Come True). She also owned a very stubborn, malicious cat named Lucifer, who was just like her in terms of personality. Lady Tremaine was nice to her stepdaughter and treated her just like her real daughters if not better, but she had a dark secret to hide. She was a bitter, cruel, and selfish woman determined to forward her own interests as well as that of her daughters. She was openly jealous of the kind and beautiful Cinderella, who was hampered and abused by her stepfamily until she became a maid in her own household. Alternate uses: see widow (typesetting). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A Preteen or pre-teen refers to a stage of human development during childhood. ...


Cold, ruthless, and calculating, Lady Tremaine's primary role as antagonist is simple: to oppress Cinderella and shatter her dream of a happily ever after. Throughout the film, Lady Tremaine repeatedly tries to keep Cinderella as downtrodden as possible and will stop at nothing to prevent her from being happy.


She made her second appearance in the direct-to-video sequel Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, this time voiced by Susan Blakeslee. In this film, she only appeared in the An Uncommon Romance segment, where Anastasia has to go against her mother for the first time. A film that is released direct-to-video (also straight-to-video) is one which has been released to the public on home video formats first rather than first being released in movie theaters. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Susan Blakeslee is a voice actor. ...


Her latest appearance was in the second direct-to-video Cinderella sequel, Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (once again voiced by Blakeslee). This time, she manages to get a hold of the Fairy Godmother's wand because Anastasia brought it to her. Lady Tremaine then uses the wand to reverse time so that the slipper fits Anastasia. The Prince realizes that Anastasia is the wrong girl, but Lady Tremaine makes him forget about Cinderella and marry Anastasia. Cinderella tries to steal the wand, but in the end Lady Tremaine catches Cinderella and tries to ship her away. At the same time, Drizella (but not the not-so-wicked and sympathetic Anastasia) taunts Cinderella for being shipped out of the kingdom. The mice tell the Prince the truth. The prince saves Cinderella from shipping away. Lady Tremaine then uses the wand to turn Anastasia into a clone of Cinderella, and puts Cinderella onto an evil pumpkin carriage with Lucifer as the coachman. In the end Cinderella stops the wedding, and Lady Tremaine and Drizella are turned into toads when the wand's magic is reflected off the prince's sword. Lady Tremaine intended to turn both Cinderella and Anastasia into toads, on the suggestion of Drizella, after Anastasia said "I don't" when she should have been saying "I do" (Anastasia did this especially for unselfish reasons). Anastasia told her mother that she wanted someone to love her for her when her mother was angry at her refusal. After the end credits, Lady Tremaine and Drizella are shown to be returned to their true forms but, as punishment, are wearing work clothes identical to those Cinderella used to wear; the implication is that they will be working in the palace as servants.


Aside from the films, Lady Tremaine has also made various appearances on the Disney Channel series House of Mouse; she frequently shares a table with another famous wicked stepmother, the Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Again, in these appearances, she is voiced by Susan Blakeslee. For the Disney Channel in other countries, see Disney Channel around the world. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Brothers Grimm version The Queen is a fictional character in the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the Disney animated film based on it. ... Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 animated feature, the first produced by Walt Disney. ...


Statistics

Relatives: Drizella (daughter), Anastasia (daughter), Cinderella (step-daughter), Late Husband (name unknown)
Friends: Drizella, Anastasia (original), Lucifer (pet cat)
Rivals: Cinderella, The Fairy Godmother, Jaq, Gus, and the other mice, Anastasia (sequels)
Gus and Jaq are two fictional mice that appeared in the Disney version of Cinderella. ... Gus and Jaq are two fictional mice that appeared in the Disney version of Cinderella. ...


Trivia

  • When Lady Tremaine is angry, her older daughter Drizella is seen following her mother and glaring at the person her mother is angry at.
  • Lady Tremaine appears to like Drizella slightly better than Anastasia as Anastasia turns nice in the sequels (unfortunately).

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