When just a baby, Princess Aurora is sent away into the woods to live with the three Good Fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, in the hope that she might avoid the curse which the mistress of all evil, Maleficent, put upon her. On her sixteenth birthday, she meets and falls in love with the dashing prince Phillip. When, in spite of the fairies' efforts, Maleficent's curse is enacted, the prince races to break it.
The sleeping beauty's name varies from one version of the fairytale to the other. In the French version by Charles Perrault, the princess is unnamed, but has a daughter called Aurore. The Brothers Grimm named her Briar Rose. In some versions, she is known as Rosamond. In Disney's "Sleeping Beauty", the King and Queen named her after the dawn. "Sleeping Beauty fair, gold of sunshine in your hair..."
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