Ilene Woods, Voice of Cinderella, Dead at 81

Ilene+Woods.jpgSinger Ilene Woods, who provided the voice of Cinderella for Disney’s classic 1950 film, passed away on Thursday. She was 81 years old.

From the LA Times:

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A native of Portsmouth, N.H., Woods was a radio star as a teenager. As a favor to songwriters Mack David and Jerry Livingston, she made demo recordings of “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” and “So This is Love” in 1948. The songwriters made their pitch to Walt Disney, who had already auditioned more than 300 singers and wasn’t satisfied with any voices. When he heard Woods, he asked her to audition and she got the role.

Woods retired from Hollywood in 1959, but she stayed married to it. Her husband was Ed Shaughnessy, a drummer on Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show.”