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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)
Parents 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.

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 Walt Disney is buried.[4]

The film Saving Mr Banks is dedicated to her memory (Disney Miller died shortly before it opened theatrically).[5]

See also[edit]

References[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. ^ "Diane Disney Miller on Neal Gabler", Retrieved on August 29, 2007
  5. ^ 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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Napa Valley Register
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:05:09 -0700

This year's festival is dedicated to the memory of Diane Disney Miller of Silverado Vineyards, who was a major supporter of the festival. The schedule and information on all of its musical events (some free) can be found at MusicInTheVineyards.org or ...

U.S. Catholic magazine

U.S. Catholic magazine
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:56:15 -0700

Although one of its seven directors, Walt (as all employees call him) holds no executive post of his own company. Walt's daughter, Diane Disney Miller, tells of the time when an 11-year-old boy cornered Walt and asked him if he drew all those pictures ...

Inside the Magic

Inside the Magic
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:37:30 -0700

On this page can be found the Silverado Vineyard, owned by the Miller family, which was headed by Ron and Diane Disney Miller – Diane was Walt and Lillian Disney's only natural child. (They also had an adopted daughter.) On the bottom is GoGi Wines, ...
 
Napa Valley Register
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:45:10 -0700

Something special this year is the dedication of the season to the memory of Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's daughter, who passed away last November. Miller, with her husband, Ron, was one of the event's biggest fans and supporters, Biasell said.
 
Indie Wire (blog)
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:03:51 -0700

Walt Disney's career was so varied, and his reach so great, that there may never be a shortage of material for authors and scholars to mine. Two recent books present fresh fodder that will be of interest to serious Disney buffs. The more elaborate of ...
 
LaughingPlace.com
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:37:30 -0700

On Sunday, July 20 from 11am to 3pm the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Walt's Barn at the Los Angeles Live Steamers in Griffith Park. On July 20, 1999 Diane Disney Miller, personally dedicated the Barn as a ...
 
Patch.com
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:33:45 -0700

With the Disney Family Museum, Calicchio ran an operation founded by Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's daughter, to preserve and honor her father's memory. The museum, which opened in 2009, houses 40,000 square feet of memorabilia and artifacts, ...
 
Prospect
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:49:39 -0700

We will take revenge upon the enemies of Allah, the killer of the prophets and of the innocent children, until we liberate Al-Aqsa from their impurity.” As Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's last surviving child, has commented: “What we're dealing with ...
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