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Walt Disney, producer of animated films (1901–1966)


Disney and his wife had one biological daughter, Diane, and an adopted daughter, Sharon.

In 1928, Disney created the character Mickey Mouse in the silent film Plane Crazy. Disney produced the first feature-length cartoon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938), which took three years to complete. Additional features included Pinocchio (1939), Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941), and Bambi (1942). During World War II, Disney's studio produced cartoons for the armed services as training tools and morale builders. In Song of the South (1946), he merged live actors and animated figures.

Beginning with Treasure Island in 1951, Disney added live-action movies to his output. His studio also produced musical fantasies (Mary Poppins, 1964), and television programs, beginning in the early 1950s with the weekly Disneyland and its famous Mouseketeers. Disney and his productions received numerous Academy and other awards during his lifetime. Excerpted from Columbia Encyclopedia.

Fun Fact: Sharon Disney followed in her father's footsteps by becoming the director of the Walt Disney Company from 1984 to 1993.

Photo source: NASA

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