Happy 150th birthday to Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" (not to be confused with an unbirthday of course). Both Wonderland books, "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through The Looking Glass," have been celebrated for more than a century by fans of all ages.
Whether it's through books, animation, the stage, or live-action films, fans of the story have happily fallen down the rabbit hole many times.
While Alice is joined by many colorful characters throughout her strange odyssey, she has stood out as one of the most iconic fictional heroines of all time. Perhaps people can relate to Alice because life can feel like one long string of 'curiouser and curiouser' events.
If she can make it out of Wonderland with her head still intact, then there's hope for all of us, too.
Celebrate the legacy of "Alice in Wonderland" by checking out some fun facts below:
- A real-life little girl, Alice Liddell, helped inspire "Alice in Wonderland." She asked Lewis Carroll to tell her a story while on a boating trip.
- The Alice in real-life was actually a brunette, not a blonde as depicted in the books and films.
- Cheshire Cat's tree is also said to have been inspired by real-life. The tree stands in the garden behind Alice Lidell's home in Oxford.
- Queen Victoria loved reading "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" so much that she asked the author to dedicate his next book to her. He then presented to the Queen "An Elementary Treatise on Determinants, With their Application to Simultaneous Linear Equations and Algebraid Equations. "
- Kathryn Beaumont voiced Alice in the 1951 animated film. She also voiced Wendy Darling in Peter Pan.
- In the movie adaptations, Cheshire Cat has been voiced by both 2 males and 1 female. Sterling Holloway (1951), Whoopi Goldberg (1991), and Stephen Fry (2010)
- The Jabberwockey has always existed in the Wonderland realm, but only made one appearance in a film adaptation. Sir Christopher Lee voiced the Jabberwockey in Tim Burton's 2010 remake.
- Alice-in-Wonderland syndrome is a disorienting neurological condition that is associated with brain tumors, drugs, and migraines. It's also known as Todd's Syndrome.
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