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Diane Disney Miller
Born Diane Marie Disney
(1933-12-18)December 18, 1933
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died November 19, 2013(2013-11-19) (aged 79)
Napa, California, U.S.
Cause of death
complications from a fall
Spouse(s) Ron W. Miller (m. 1954-2013, her death)
Children Christopher D. Miller (b. 1954)
Joanna Miller (b. 1956)
Tamara Scheer (b. 1957)
Jennifer Miller-Goff (b. 1960)
Walter Elias Disney Miller (b. 1961)
Ronald Miller (b. 1963)
Patrick Miller (b. 1967)
Parent(s) Walt Disney (1901–1966)
Lillian Bounds Disney (1899–1997)
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Diane Disney Miller (December 18, 1933 – November 19, 2013)[1] was the elder and only biological child of Walt Disney and his wife Lillian Bounds Disney.[2] Diane and her husband, Ron W. Miller, had seven children. She had a younger sister, Sharon Mae Disney, whom the Disneys adopted at birth in 1936. Sharon died in 1993.[3]

Ron W. Miller was CEO of The Walt Disney Company until 1984, when Diane's cousin, Roy E. Disney, supported his ouster in favor of Michael Eisner, Frank Wells and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

In the early-1970s, the Millers purchased a vineyard in Napa Valley, California. Their intention was to upgrade the property, replant to premium varietals, install new trellising and frost protection, but not to build or run a winery. Disney Miller and her husband decided to construct their own winery in 1980. Since 1981, they have operated Silverado Vineyards Winery on a tract of their Napa property.

Disney Miller was instrumental in pushing ahead with the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The project was initiated with a $50 million gift from Lillian Disney, but got bogged down in wrangling over costs. Miller ensured the original design by Frank Gehry went ahead, and Walt Disney Hall finally opened in 2004.

Disney Miller read her father's original dedication fifty years later to the day at the birthday celebrations of Disneyland on July 17, 2005. Miller organized the development of The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco. The museum opened in October 2009.

Diane Disney Miller wrote the foreword to the book Walt Before Mickey by Timothy Susanin. The book covers the early years of Walt Disney's career. The movie was written and produced by Arthur L. Bernstein and Armando Gutierrez which stars Thomas Ian Nicholas and Jon Heder. The movie will be released in 2015. [4]

Animation historian Michael Barrier reports that Miller, in August 2007, sent a fax to a number of executives at the Walt Disney Company, denouncing Neal Gabler's biography of Walt Disney published in 2006, titled Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination, as "a monstrous piece of libelous junk. My parents were not the people he creates in this book, and I cannot understand why all of you who aided and abetted Gabler in writing this book, and who praise it and promote it, can do so without suffering serious qualms."

She died on November 19, 2013 from complications after a fall at the age of 79. She is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale where the ashes of Walt Disney are interred.[5]

The film Saving Mr. Banks is dedicated to her memory (Disney Miller died shortly before it opened theatrically).[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Colker, David (November 19, 2013). "Diane Disney Miller dies at 79; philanthropist championed Disney Hall". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ Miller-dead-1200856548/ "Diane Disney Miller, Philanthropist and Daughter of Walt Disney, Dies at 79". Variety. November 19, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Barnes, Mike (November 19, 2013). "Walt Disney's Daughter, Diane Disney Miller, Dies at 79". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.waltbeforemickey.com/book.html Book I Walt Before Mickey
  5. ^ "Diane Disney Miller on Neal Gabler", Retrieved on August 29, 2007
  6. ^ Jay Weston (9 December 2013). "Tom Hanks IS Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks"!". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 

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Wed, 13 May 2015 09:08:29 -0700

“The man has gotten lost,” daughter Diane Disney Miller said upon the museum's opening in 2009. So consider this sprawling 19,000-square-foot, $110 million conversion of erstwhile Army barracks with a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge a history ...

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times
Fri, 15 May 2015 08:22:30 -0700

But his late daughter Diane Disney Miller, founder of the museum, did.) “A Minute Away” is a video series in which nothing much happens -- except you see the world, and hear it, and get a respite from workaday life. We've covered Machu Picchu, Red ...

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee
Sun, 03 May 2015 00:00:28 -0700

“The man has gotten lost,” daughter Diane Disney Miller said upon the museum's opening in 2009. So consider this sprawling 19,000-square-foot, $110 million conversion of erstwhile Army barracks with a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge a history ...

Quality Magazine

Quality Magazine
Thu, 07 May 2015 11:56:15 -0700

... and preservation parameters.” Cofounded by Walt Disney's daughter, the late Diane Disney Miller, and his grandson, Walter E. D. Miller, The Walt Disney Family Museum is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, a nonprofit foundation.


Wed, 06 May 2015 00:07:30 -0700

After two years of effort, I was able to track down that roughly 25-minute VHS tape and made copies for Sully; Diane Disney Miller (who had never been given a copy of the tape); several Disney friends, including the trainer for The UnDiscovered ...


Tue, 12 May 2015 23:56:15 -0700

“[Walt] really liked the idea of skiing going all the way back to the 1930s,” said his daughter Diane Disney Miller. “He never skied well and we have funny home movies of him trying. The artists at the studio used some of that as an inspiration for the ...


Washington Post
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:30:00 -0800

Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's daughter and one of his inspirations for building the Disneyland theme park, died Tuesday at her home in Napa, Calif. She was 79. The cause was complications from a fall, said Andi Wang, spokeswoman for the Walt ...
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:35:24 -0800

The owners of the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, in conjunction with Councilmember Tom LaBonge, are inviting Silver and Gold D23 Members to join a holiday celebration and bench dedication at the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round in honor of Walt Disney's ...

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