Mother Gothel is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures’ 50th animated feature film Tangled (2010). The character is voiced by actress and singer Donna Murphy in her voice acting debut; Murphy auditioned for the role spontaneously upon learning from her agent that Disney was auditioning actresses for the film’s villainous role. Loosely based on Dame Gothel in the German fairy tale “Rapunzel”, Mother Gothel is a vain old woman who hoards the supremely strong healing powers of a magical gold flower in order to live for many, many years and remain perpetually young and beautiful. When the flower is harvested in order to heal the kingdom’s ailing queen, its powers are inherited by the king and the queen’s daughter Rapunzel, removing Gothel’s access. With her life suddenly endangered, Gothel kidnaps the infant, imprisoning the princess in an isolated tower for eighteen years while posing as her mother in order to exploit her powers.