Monday, May 5, 2008

May 05: Birth of "Cinderella"

On this day in 1929, singer Ilene Woods - best known as the voice of Disney's Cinderella - was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
When she was just 14-years-old, Woods was actually given her own radio show on a new station called The Blue Network (later called ABC). The show featured 15 minutes of music - 3 days a week. Through the program she became friends with two songwriters named Mack David and Jerry Livingston.
A few years later, Woods now living in California was contacted by the songwriting team asking her to record a few of their tunes they wished to promote. She agreed and the tunes made their way to Walt Disney himself. Walt loved the songs and Woods' voice so much that he made them all part of his newest animated feature Cinderella.
In 2003, Woods was given a Disney Legends award.

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