Ilene Woods, who provided the voice of Cinderella in the classic film from 1950, died last week at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Canoga Park at the age of 81. According to the Associated Press, she died of causes related to Alzheimer's diseases.
Woods was an 18-year old radio singer in 1948 when Walt Disney himself auditioned her. She went on to voice Cinderella's speaking and singing parts.
According to the Los Angeles Times, when asked in a 2006 interview for Starlog magazine what the best thing was about having been “Cinderella,” Woods replied: “Oh, I love the idea that after I'm gone, children will still be hearing my voice.”
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, their son, a daughter from her first marriage, and three grandchildren.
In 2003, Woods was declared a Disney Legend, a kind of hall-of-fame for Disney.