Helene Stanley

Dolores Diane Freymouth (July 17, 1929 – December 27, 1990), better known by the stage name of Helene Stanley, was an American actress and a live model for Cinderella and other Disney characters.

Helene Stanley
Stanley in The Snows of Kilimanjaro, 1952
Dolores Diane Freymouth

(1929-07-17)July 17, 1929
Gary, Indiana, U.S.
DiedDecember 27, 1990(1990-12-27) (aged 61)
OccupationActress, dancer
Years active1942–1961
Johnny Stompanato
(m. 1953; div. 1955)

David Niemetz
(m. 1959; her death 1990)

Early life

Stanley was born in Gary, Indiana. Her parents were Michael Freymouth, who was an acrobat who worked in Europe, and Gerty Freymouth.


By the age of 14 she made her first role in the film Girls' Town in 1942. Then she played a series of roles at Universal between 1943 and 1945 (sometimes she took part of a teen dancing group called "The Jivin' Jacks and Jills") and during this period she used the stage name, “Dolores Diane.” In 1946 she started to work with MGM and began to Use the stage name, “Helene Stanley.”[1]

Her collaboration with Disney started around 1950. She became the live-action model for Cinderella,[2] Sleeping Beauty's Aurora[3][4] and the character of Anita Radcliff in One Hundred and One Dalmatians.[5][6]

Personal life

Helene Stanley was married to Johnny Stompanato[7][8][9] on January 17, 1953, with their divorce dated February 10, 1955.[10]

After Stompanato, Stanley married a physician from Beverly Hills, David Niemetz.[11] After they were married, Stanley formally retired from show business. Her last role in her career was in the Disney movie One Hundred and One Dalmatians.


Stanley died on December 27, 1990 in Los Angeles. The cause of her death was not reported.



  1. Sandra Brennan, Rovi. "Helene Stanley". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  2. "Cinderella Character History". Disney Archives. Archived from the original on August 3, 2003.
  3. Audio-commentary for Sleeping Beauty (DVD). Sleeping Beauty Platinum Edition (Disc 1): Walt Disney Home Entertainment. 2008.
  4. Once Upon a Dream: Making of «Sleeping Beauty» (DVD). Sleeping Beauty Special Edition (Disc 2): Walt Disney Home Entertainment. 2003.
  5. John Grant. The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters. p. 228. ISBN 0060157771.
  6. Conradt, Stacy. "Helene Stanley". Mental Floss. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  7. "4th Stompanato Marriage Hinted". Oregon, Albany. Albany Democrat-Herald. April 15, 1958. p. 2. Retrieved February 13, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  8. "Star's Child Tells of Killing". California, Long Beach. Independent Press-Telegram. April 6, 1958. p. 3. Retrieved February 13, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  9. "Another Woman Linked With Johnny as Police Continue To Search Into Past of Slain 'Gigolo'". California, San Bernardino. The San Bernardino County Sun. April 16, 1958. p. 4. Retrieved February 13, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  10. "Police Hang Gigolo Tag On Johnny Stompanato". Arizona, Tucson. Tucson Daily Citizen. April 5, 1958. p. 8. Retrieved February 13, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  11. http://www.glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com/show/255/Helene+Stanley/register.php

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