Lillian Disney
American artist and philanthropist
Lillian Disney
Lillian Disney was the wife of Walt Disney. She was married to him from 1925 until his death in 1966.
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Rediscovering downtown Los Angeles - OCRegister
Google News - over 5 years
Benefactor Lillian Disney envisioned a “little brick church covered in vines.” Visitors can judge Gehry's interpretation for themselves on a free, self-guided audio tour. Weekends are for relaxing over breakfast at new coffee bars and diners in the
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New hires at Silverado Vineyards - Napa Valley Register
Google News - over 5 years
He became a sommelier through the Master Court of Sommeliers in 2009. Most recently, he was a manager at Domaine Chandon. In 1981, Ron and Diane Miller, with Diane's mother, Lillian Disney, established Silverado Vineyards in the Stags Leap District
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Po stopách Franka Geryho: Architektúra, ktorá vás dostane! - CAS.sk
Google News - over 5 years
Príbeh losangelskej filharmónie začal v roku 1987, keď sa Lillian Disney rozhodla postaviť halu na počesť tvorby Walta Disneyho - tak nekompromisne spätú s Hollywoodom. Skolaudovaná bola 24. októbra roku 2003 a od slávnostného otvorenia sa stala terčom
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Walt Disney's daughter reminisces - OCRegister
Google News - over 5 years
The engine was named the Lilly Belle after her mother, Lillian Disney. Their father would take the sisters, then in their teens, and friends on rides around the back yard. Disney also would take his girls to Griffith Park to ride the merry-go-round
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Breathtaking Disney - News & Observer
Google News - over 5 years
For example, the 2265 seats inside are covered in a brightly colored floral pattern that Gehry dubbed "Lillian" in honor of primary benefactor Lillian Disney (Walt Disney's widow). You don't notice that during concerts when the seats are filled with
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The Crowd: Childhelp fundraiser nets $190000 - Daily Pilot
Google News - over 5 years
Her grandparents, Lillian and Walt Disney, joined the Childhelp cause in the 1960s, and Michelle carries on the family tradition through a foundation named for her mother, Sharon D. Lund, the adopted daughter of Walt and Lillian Disney
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Los Angeles: az angyalok nyugodt városa - Metropol
Google News - over 5 years
Ehhez a kezdő, 50 millió dolláros tőkét Lillian Disney, Walt özvegye adta, néhai férje művészetszeretetének örök emléket állítva. A Los Angeles-i Filharmonikusok otthonát mesés közpark öleli körül, az emblematikus épület pedig filmekben – például a
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The Norman Rockwell-Walt Disney Connection - MousePlanet
Google News - over 5 years
After Lillian Disney died and the Disney family closed the family office, Diane took possession of the Post cover. In August, 2001, Diane Disney Miller donated “Girl Reading the Post” to the Norman Rockwell Museum with this note: "I visited your museum
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E. Fleischmann, Impresario Of Los Angeles, Dies at 85
NYTimes - over 6 years
Ernest Fleischmann, the imperious impresario who ran the Los Angeles Philharmonic for nearly three decades, helping to elevate its stature to that of an orchestra of the first rank, died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 85. The Philharmonic announced the death. Mr. Fleischmann became executive director of the Philharmonic in 1969, moving to Los
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A New Auditorium With Larger Goals
NYTimes - over 13 years
Los Angeles, a city of suburbs in search of a center, on Monday came one step closer to finding one. The shimmering stainless steel Walt Disney Concert Hall opened Monday morning, a 16-year project designed not only to transform the cultural landscape of the city but also to be the cornerstone for the creation of a downtown area that already shows
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Hollywood Ending For Music Palace; Gehry's Hall to Open (Cue Soaring Strings)
NYTimes - over 13 years
Lillian Disney, the widow of Walt Disney, favored the music of Lawrence Welk to Beethoven and Brahms. But that didn't deter her in 1987 from giving $50 million for a new music hall in Los Angeles. The gift was intended as not only a tribute to her husband, a classical music lover, but also as an expression of faith in the artistic and creative
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CURRENTS: CALIFORNIA -- FABRIC; A Riotous Floral Tribute, In Seat Cushions
NYTimes - over 13 years
Flowers were a favorite of the late Lillian Disney, the widow of Walt Disney. Her gift of $50 million started the fund to build the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles and so Frank Gehry, the architect who designed the hall, has honored her memory with a bold graphic pattern named Lillian for the upholstered chairs, above, and the
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Pleasure Dome for the Los Angeles Philharmonic
NYTimes - about 14 years
At 7 p.m. music lovers set off from Hollywood, Bel Air, Pacific Palisades or Malibu praying for smooth 30-minute passage eastward on Southern California's freeways. They cross an astonishing world of dislocated kingdoms. Iranians and Arabs flourish in Beverly Hills. Hindus and Russians fill the streets of the Fairfax district. The part of Kenmore
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Walt Disney's Widow, Lillian, Dies at 98
NYTimes - about 19 years
Lillian Disney, the widow of Walt Disney and a prominent patron of the arts, died on Tuesday at her home in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles after suffering a stroke on Monday. She was 98. Mrs. Disney, who met Mr. Disney in the 1920's while working at a low-level job at his fledgling studio, was married to the mogul for 41 years. ''This
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A Phantom Hall Filled With Discord
NYTimes - over 20 years
IT FLOATS ABOVE DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, a mirage in the California sun. For Walt Disney, it offers remembrance with dignity; for Frank Gehry, a hometown monument to an architect's career. For the Los Angeles Philharmonic, it is an emblem of long-sought international eminence. For local politicians, it sings a siren song to far-flung Angelenos,
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Wine Talk
NYTimes - over 23 years
FRENCH wine drinkers are a tradition-bound lot. They may flirt with all kinds of wines, but sooner or later they return to that basic trinity of French wines, Champagne, red Bordeaux and white Burgundy. Within this fairly rigid framework, however, some subtle and not-so-subtle changes have been taking place for at least a decade. Taken together,
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ARCHITECTURE VIEW; Gehry's Disney Hall: A Matterhorn for Music
NYTimes - about 24 years
Walt Disney is a trademark. Walt Disney is an empire. But Walt Disney is also the name of a popular American artist whose subject was enchantment. A pumpkin grows into a coach. A kiss breaks the spell. Trick photography makes the bud blossom. Disney's enchantment was America's. His images of wonder were metaphors for a nation that, in his time, was
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Focus: Los Angeles; Despite the Doldrums, Downtown Bustles
NYTimes - about 25 years
WHILE construction of new office buildings approaches a standstill in this city's downtown, the center city remains abuzz with new public works and developer-government collaborations. Among projects in contruction or planning are a subway system and stations, a concert hall, a convention center, museums and public amenities. Planning for most of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lillian Disney
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  • 1997
    Age 98
    Lillian Disney suffered a stroke on December 15, 1997, exactly 31 years after the death of her first husband, Walt.
    More Details Hide Details She died the following morning at her home, aged 98. She died two months before her 99th birthday and is buried with her husband.
  • 1987
    Age 88
    In 1987, she pledged a $50 million gift towards the construction of a new concert hall.
    More Details Hide Details After several delays, the Walt Disney Concert Hall opened in 2003, six years after her death. In the 1990s, reflecting on her 41-year marriage to Walt Disney, she said, "We shared a wonderful, exciting life, and we loved every minute of it. He was a wonderful husband to me, and wonderful and joyful father and grandfather."
  • 1969
    Age 70
    Lillian Disney was married to John L. Truyens from May 1969 until his death in February 1981.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1928
    Age 29
    Her film career includes work as an ink artist on the film Plane Crazy. Lillian is credited with having named her husband's most famous character, Mickey Mouse, during a train trip from New York to California in 1928.
    More Details Hide Details Walt showed a drawing of the cartoon mouse to his wife and told her that he was going to name it "Mortimer Mouse." Lillian replied that the name sounded "too pompous" and she was very proud to have suggested the name "Mickey Mouse" instead of Mortimer. Walt named one of the Disneyland Railroad cars the "Lilly Belle" in her honor, and the Walt Disney World Railroad has a locomotive named "Lilly Belle", where each locomotive is named for someone who greatly contributed to the Walt Disney Company. Walt Disney Imagineering created "The Empress Lilly", a paddle steamer replica, at Walt Disney World in Downtown Disney (Florida) and Lillian christened it on May 1, 1977. Lillian was inducted into the Disney Legends in 2003.
  • 1925
    Age 26
    Lillian and Walt Disney married in 1925 in Idaho at Lewiston's Episcopal Church of the Nativity, however, Walt's parents could not attend.
    More Details Hide Details As Lillian's own father was deceased, her uncle, who was chief of the Lewiston Fire Department, gave the bride away. She wore a dress which she had made herself. She and Walt had two daughters, Diane (died 2013) and Sharon, the latter of whom was adopted. Lillian had seven grandchildren. Lillian is the aunt of Roy Edward Disney and reportedly a greataunt of Rebel Wilson.
    She was married to him from 1925 until his death in 1966.
    More Details Hide Details Born Lillian Marie Bounds in Spalding, Idaho, she grew up in Lapwai, Idaho, on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation where her father worked as a blacksmith and federal marshal. She was working at the Disney Studio in "ink and paint" as a secretary when she met Walt. She had short brown hair, was slim, and was thought to be very stylish. She took deep pride that (Walt Disney), would drive the other girls home before her, even though her stop was the closest.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1899
    Age 0
    Born on February 15, 1899.
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