These Are The Real Women Behind Your Favorite Disney Princesses

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12. Cinderella – Ilene Woods

In the ultimate rags-to-riches love story, Cinderella conquers her cruel stepmother and ugly stepsisters by finding true love at the ball in 1950’s Cinderella. But she couldn’t have done it without the help of the Fairy Godmother, a handful of seamstress mice and, of course, those unmatchable glass slippers.

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She had her own radio show at 15, but four years later the still-teenaged Ilene Woods was nevertheless amazed to beat 300 other hopefuls to nab the role of Cinderella. Woods, who went on to sing for Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, eventually married Ed Shaugnessy, the drummer from the The Tonight Show. Tragically, though, the star would eventually forget that she had played the iconic princess, after falling victim in later life to Alzheimer’s disease.

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11. Princess Aurora – Mary Costa

After pricking her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel, Princess Aurora falls into a deep, unbreakable slumber in 1959’s Sleeping Beauty. The evil fairy Maleficent’s curse, as everybody knows, can only be broken by love’s true kiss.

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