Voice of animated Cinderella dies

Woods was a Disney Legend

Ilene Woods, best known for voicing the title character in Disney’s 1950 animated classic “Cinderella,” died July 1 in Canoga Park, Calif., of Alzheimer’s-related causes. She was 81.

Born Jacquelyn Ruth Woods, she started her career in radio, singing weekly for ABC’s “The Ilene Woods Show” before recording a demo for the Mouse House feature. Walt Disney himself hired Woods soon after.

The young soprano received a Disney Legends award over half a century later for her role as Cinderella.

Later TV appearances included spots on “The Steve Allen Show,” “The Gary Moore Show,” and “Arthur Godfrey and His Friends.”

Survivors include her husband, Ed Shaughnessy, former drummer for “The Tonight Show”; a son; a daughter; and three grandchildren.

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