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Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo Ilene Woods (Jubilee Records, 1950)

Jacqueline Ruth “Ilene” Woods was born May 5, 1929. Her mother worked behind the scenes on film sets and often took Ilene with her. At age 2, Ilene started her acting career. In 1948 she recorded Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes and So This is Love. They were presented to Walt Disney to be included in Cinderella. Two days later, he asked Ilene to voice Cinderella.

Woods was first married at age 17 and had a daughter. In 1963 she married The Tonight Show drummer Ed Shaughnessy and had two sons. Her later years were spent as spokeswoman for United Cerebral Palsy telethons. In 2003 Woods was awarded a Disney Legend award. On July 1, 2010, Woods died from causes related to Alzheimer’s disease. She was survived by husband Shaughnessy, her three children and three grandchildren.

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