Ilene Woods, Voice of Disney's 'Cinderella', Dies at 81

July 05, 2010 06:29:22 GMT

The actress/singer who voiced the popular character has passed away from causes related to Alzheimer's disease on Thursday, July 1.

Ilene Woods, Voice of Disney's 'Cinderella', Dies at 81
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The actress/singer who voiced Cinderella in Disney's animated classic has died, aged 81. Ilene Woods died on Thursday, July 1 from causes related to Alzheimer's disease at a nursing home in Canoga Park, Los Angeles.

Woods was an 18-year-old radio singer when she recorded a demo for the then-upcoming Disney feature in 1948. Days later, she was auditioned by Walt Disney himself, and went on to voice the title character's speaking and singing parts for the 1950 film based on the popular fairytale.

In 2003, she was awarded a Disney Legends award for her voicework on the classic. She also sang on Perry Como and Arthur Godfrey's U.S. TV shows in the 1950s before retiring from showbusiness in the early 1970s.

She is survived by her husband, Ed Shaughnessy, their son, a daughter from her first marriage, and three grandchildren.


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posted by Lisa on Jul 05, 2010
Sorry for the passing of your beloved wife and a beautiful soul, who did so great in the singing and voice of Cinderella she truely was a one of a kind. We will miss her.
posted by Mary on Jul 05, 2010
Sad to hear that Ms. Woods passed...she is now singing with the beautiful angels up with our Lord...her alzhimers may have taken her voice away for us...but she got it back I am sure...God Bless

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