“When Mr. Disney first planned One Hundred and One Dalmatians, he called me to the Studio to read for the role of Cruella de Vil. As I was sitting with him at a table at the studio, he was reading the role of Anita and I was trying very hard to be Cruella de Vil. But I knew it wasn’t working because I was too young and it wasn’t right. As I heard him read the role of Anita, I knew that I was right for Anita, but how could I possibly tell the great Walt Disney that he had brought me in and had made a mistake?!
“So, I became brave enough to tell him and I said, ‘Excuse me, sir. Would you mind if I try to read the role of Anita? I’m much more Anita than I am Cruella.’ And he said, ‘Let’s try that!’ So, we reversed the roles. He read Cruella and I read Anita, and indeed I was Anita. And I still feel like Anita all these many years later!”
– Lisa Davis, the voice of Anita Radcliff from Disney’s 101 Dalmatians