At the age of 22, Margaret Kerry was chosen as a live-action model of a dimunitive sprite. She didn’t know then that her personality and quirkiness would become those of the famous Tinker Bell. Over the span of several months, Kerry pantomimed the antics of the pixie, coming up with jealous pout, a sudden flash of anger or Tink’s signature hip-swiveling walk.
Kerry continued to act and dance, and has appeared in 37 major motion pictures.
Today, she is as energetic and spunky as Tink, and will be signing autographs and answering questions during an appearance at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Stockton. Here, she talks about her relationship with Tinker Bell and her Stockton appearance.
Q: How are you like, or not like, Tinker Bell?
A: I am Tinker Bell. When I went before the cameras for the first time for Marc Davis, I asked, “What do you want me to do for Tinker Bell?”
He said, “We want her to be you, Margaret.”
Decades later, I was having lunch at Club 33 in Disneyland with Marc and his wife and he said, “Margaret, you are still Tinker Bell!”
Q: If you could change anything about Tink, what would it be?
A: I think she’s unchangeable. I sort of like that.
Q: What is Tinker Bell’s most admirable quality?
A: That she’s her own woman — absolutely.
Q: Who do you think could play Tinker Bell best?
A: Margaret Kerry ... . You have Julia Roberts, who is a wonderful actress. But I have to say, the director asked her to do many different things as Tinker Bell, but never seemed to make up his mind as to who he wanted.
Q: What do you see when you see Tinker Bell? Do you see yourself?
A: Oh yes. When they take snapshots when I’m signing my autograph on a photo, I will look up and they’ll take a picture and they’ll say, “you look just like Tinker Bell.” I say, “No, Tinker Bell looks like me.”
Q: Have you ever visited Lodi?
A: Oh yes ... Lodi is as cute as can be. One of the places I really (enjoy in Lodi is) IHOP. I think their IHOP is just great there.
But then I went to eat on School Street with the event Dine with Celebrities, at (the former) Movie City.
Q: Can you tell me a little about your book that will come out soon?
A: It’s the same name as my website, www.tinkerbelltalks.com. It tells tales of pixie dust in life. I was adopted when I was 4, and found my real family 50 years later ... . I got my star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame right out front of the Al Capital Theater. That I’m allowed to use my name along with Walt Disney — what a wonderful life I have.
Q: You make a lot of appearances and raise money for charity. What do you expect from the event in Stockton?
A: A pixie-dusted time. That’s what I expect at the Spaghetti Factory.
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