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Ilene Woods
Ilene Woods
Background information
Born Jacqueline Ruth Woods
May 5, 1929
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Died July 1, 2010 (aged 81)
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California
Cause of death Alzheimer's disease
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Alternate names
Occupation(s) Actress and singer
Years active 1944-2004
Spouse(s) Stephen Steck, Jr. (1946-?)
Ed Shaughnessy (1963-2010, her death)
Children With Steck:
Stephanie Steck
With Shaughnessy:
James Shaughnessy
Daniel Shaughnessy

Jacqueline Ruth "Ilene" Woods (May 5, 1929 - July 1, 2010) was an American singer and actress, best known for her role as the title character in Disney's 1950 animated film, Cinderella.

In 1948, two songwriters called Woods to record "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo", "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes", and "So This is Love". Soon, the songs were presented to Walt Disney to be used in his then-upcoming film, Cinderella. Two days later, Disney asked Woods to voice the starring role of Cinderella.

She gladly accepted the role, surprised that she had won against more than 300 other auditioners. She only saw Walt Disney after finishing work on Cinderella. She said in a recent interview for Classicfilm, "Seeing it [the film] in its new form was breathtaking for me. It's so beautiful. The color is magnificent, it just took my breath away, it was so wonderful. I sort of forget when I'm watching the movie that I had anything to do with it. Yet, it brings back so many beautiful memories of working with the wonderful artists and working with Walt mostly. It brings back wonderful, wonderful memories."

In 2003, she became a Disney Legend for her role as Cinderella.

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