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Madame Leota is the ghost of a human woman.
One of the Haunted Mansion's foremost ghostly residents, Madame Leota was, in life, an extremely powerful witch whose activities single-handedly sparked the Salem Witch Trials, forcing her to flee to New Orleans. She attached herself to the Gracey family and eventually died inside the Manor, manifesting as a ghost as a disembodied head within her crystal ball.
Madame Leota is invaluable to the other ghosts, using her powers to make them visible and tangible to mortals, but she is a temperamental and arrogant enchantress, who has frequently shown aggressivity towards mortals whom she deems beneath her notice. One of the few beings she seems to care about is Edgar the Raven, and it was only he who, after many years of trying, managed to convince her that she was, in fact, dead
Madame Leota was also active in Thunder Mesa as a medium in the second half of the 19th century, and her ghost can be seen to manifest in Phantom Manor as well as in the Mansion. She appears to bear some relationship to the Ravenswood curse, with one account stating that it was she, while possessed by the Thunderbird, who drove Henry Ravenswood to madness and caused the Thunder Mesa earthquake.[FANWORK]
Behind the scenes
Leota first appeared as a part of the Haunted Mansion attraction in Disneyland, which opened in 1969.
Portrayers and Voice Actresses
- Leota Toombs (Ride, face only)
- Eleanor Audley (Ride, voice only)
- Oona Lind (Phantom Manor)
- Kim Irvine (Haunted Mansion Holiday)
- Jennifer Tilly (2003 film)
- Susanne Blakeslee (Haunted Mansion Holiday, The Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare, Haunted Mansion Cutscenes, The Ghost Post)
- Jackie Joncas (The Haunted Mansion Show; unofficial)
- Pat Carroll (Leota Helps Out)
Notes and References
- Recounted in Memento Mori.
- As mentioned in Disney Kingdoms' Haunted Mansion.
- As seen in the attraction.
- As shown, among others, in Haunted Mansion Cutscenes and The Ghost Post.
- As shown in Talking Heads.
- As shown in [[Phantom Manor (attraction)|]] (1992), The Mysterious Chronicle (2018), the Phantom Manor Short Film (2018).
- As shown in the Phantom Manor Short Film.