Ilene Woods

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Ilene Woods
Born Jacqueline Ruth Woods
(1929-05-05)May 5, 1929
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Died July 1, 2010(2010-07-01) (aged 81)
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California
Cause of death Alzheimer's disease
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1944–2004
Spouse(s) Ed Shaughnessy (1963–2010; her death)
Awards Disney Legend (2003)

Jacqueline Ruth "Ilene" Woods (May 5, 1929 – July 1, 2010) was an American singer and actress who voiced Cinderella in the 1950 Disney movie.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Woods was born on May 5, 1929 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. As a child Woods was led into singing by her mother.[2] By the age of 11, Woods had her own radio show. [1]

Career[change | change source]

In 1948, at the age of 18, Woods recorded several songs for friends Mack David and Jerry Livingston.[3] The songs ("Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo", "So This is Love", and "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes") were then played for Walt Disney. He chose Woods out of 300 other girls to play the part of Cinderella for the Disney movie Cinderella.[3] Recording the part took about 2 years, working off and on.[3]

Later years[change | change source]

Woods was first married to Stephen Steck Jr. They had one child, a daughter named Stephanie.[1] After a divorce, in 1963 she married Ed Shaughnessy. They had two sons, James and Daniel.[1][4] In 2003 she was recognized as a Disney Legend for her work in Cinderella.[4]

Death[change | change source]

Woods died on July 1, 2010 from causes related to Alzheimer's disease in Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California.[1] She was 81.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Mclellan, Dennis. "Ilene Woods dies at 81; voice of Disney's Cinderella". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  2. CNN Wire Staff (2010-07-02). "Ilene Woods, Voice of Disney's Cinderella dead at 81". CNN.com (Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.). http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/07/02/cinderella.woods.obit/index.html?section=cnn_latest. Retrieved 2010-07-02.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hicks, Chris. "Landing coveted Disney role was Cinderella story for voice actress". Deseret News. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Disney Legends bio". Disney.com. Retrieved 2011-03-28.