Variety is reporting that Ilene Woods, best known for voicing the title character in Disney's 1950 animated classic Cinderella, died July 1 in Canoga Park, California "of Alzheimer's-related causes."

Woods was 81.

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She was born Jacquelyn Ruth Woods and began her career in radio, singing weekly for ABC's "The Ilene Woods Show". She went on to record a demo for the Disney feature. Walt Disney himself hired Woods for Cinderella soon after.

The young soprano got a Disney Legends award over half a century later for her voice work as Cinderella.

Later TV appearances included spots on The Steve Allen Show and Arthur Godfrey and His Friends.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Shaughnessy, a son; a daughter; and three grandchildren.

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