'Frozen' voice actress earned stunning $926 paycheck 

click to enlarge This sandcastle of Olaf from "Frozen" at Walt Disney World probably earned more money than one of the film's young stars. - DISNEY/AP
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  • This sandcastle of Olaf from "Frozen" at Walt Disney World probably earned more money than one of the film's young stars.

Jon Voight earned a pittance for his star-making role in the low-budget Oscar winner "Midnight Cowboy." Bill Murray earned $9,000 for his role in the beloved 1998 indie "Rushmore."

But both enjoyed Scrooge McDuck-sized paydays compared to young Spencer Lacey Ganus, who received a measly $926.20 for playing a teenage Elsa in "Frozen." And she didn't even get a musical number in the film, which raked in more than $1.2 billion worldwide.

TMZ revealed the not-so-fun fiscal fact Wednesday after checking out the 15-year-old's contract, which was recently filed in court. Although Idina Menzel voiced the adult Elsa and belted out the Oscar-winning anthem "Let it Go," Spencer provided the tortured heroine's voice in a few early scenes.

On the bright side, that $926.20 check is enough for Spencer to visit the upcoming "Frozen" ride at Walt Disney World exactly nine times.

DOGS TO GET TELETHON

Alert your DVR, set the VCR or adjust the reel-to-reel apparatus, because there'll actually be something besides football to watch on Thanksgiving: Cute dogs.

"Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular" telethon will raise money for rescue dogs, according to The Associated Press, and encourage adoptions of at-risk animals.

Hosted by Oscar winner Hilary Swank and "Glee" actress Jane Lynch, the show will also feature appearances by Scarlett Johansson, Betty White, Fergie and Kesha.

"More than 9 million animals end up in shelters every year and only half of them make it out," said Swank, co-executive producer of the show.

QUICK TAKES

Country megastar and hat enthusiast Garth Brooks played a surprise show at the Independent on Tuesday night, the Hoodline blog reports. Brooks, who snapped pictures with fans on Divisadero Street after the show, tweeted the announcement shortly after joining Twitter. ... Big Bank Hank of the Sugar Hill Gang, known for rapping about the "ho-tel, mo-tel, Holiday Inn" on the 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight," died of cancer Tuesday at age 57. ... "Big Bang Theory" actress Carol Ann Susi died at 62 on Tuesday after a brief battle with cancer.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Giants outfielder Juan Perez is 28. ... Actress Aisha Hinds ("True Blood") is 39. ... Actor Gerard Butler ("300") is 45. ... Comedian Jimmy Kimmel is 47. ... Actress Whoopi Goldberg ("Ghost") is 59. ... Actress Sheila Frazier ("Superfly") is 66. ... Actor Joe Mantegna ("Criminal Minds") is 67. ... Director Garry Marshall ("Princess Diaries") is 80.

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Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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