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 Ilene Woods, voice of Disney's Cinderella, Dies
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Kristy Sproul
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:41 am Reply with quote Back to top

D23 is reporting that actress Ilene Woods, who provided both the singing and speaking voice of Cinderella in Walt Disney's 1950 animated classic, has died at the age of 81. No further details are available at this time.

Woods was named a Disney Legend in 2003, and her official bio explains how she landed the role that brought the beloved character to life:

In 1948, as a favor for songwriter friends Mack David and Jerry Livingston, Ilene Woods recorded "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes," and "So This is Love." She didn't know that Walt Disney would hear the demo recordings and hire her as the title voice of his upcoming animated feature "Cinderella".

"I learned a very good lesson," she later recalls. "Never pass up doing a good deed for friends!"

On radio and recordings, she worked with the likes of Bing Crosby, Al Jolson, and Paul Whiteman, sang for former presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, and appeared on radio series like "The Steve Allen Show," The Gary Moore Show," and "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends."

Update 7/3: Her obituary in the L.A. Times has been released: Woods, a Calabasas resident, died of causes related to Alzheimer's disease Thursday at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Canoga Park, said her husband, Ed Shaughnessy, the former longtime drummer on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show."
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