Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Cinderella”

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Who is Prince Charming?

The role of the dashing Prince Charming went to Paolo Montalban. Accordng to People, Montalban was 24 at the time and had been working in the Broadway revival of The King and I for 15 months as a chorus singer. But he wanted something more and auditioned for the male lead. It a good thing he did because according to Debra Martin Chase, there weren’t a whole lot of contenders before Paolo showed up.

“We were desperate and slumped over but he sang the sweetest sounds, and everybody’s head shot up. We were like, ‘He’s it. The search is over.’ ” 

And everyone on set loved him too. His costars described him as handsome, gracious and graceful. Some even likening him to Cary-Grant, strong but tender. Jason Alexander said not even men were immune to Paolo’s charms.

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