|Diane Disney Miller
||Diane Marie Disney
December 18, 1933
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
||November 19, 2013
Napa, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|complications from a fall
||Ron W. Miller (m. 1954-2013, her death)
||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)
||Walt Disney (1901–1966)
Lillian Bounds Disney (1899–1997)
Diane Disney Miller (December 18, 1933 – November 19, 2013) was the elder and only biological child of Walt Disney and his wife Lillian Bounds Disney. 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.
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. 
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.
The film Saving Mr. Banks is dedicated to her memory (Disney Miller died shortly before it opened theatrically).
- ^ Colker, David (November 19, 2013). "Diane Disney Miller dies at 79; philanthropist championed Disney Hall". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
- ^ Miller-dead-1200856548/ "Diane Disney Miller, Philanthropist and Daughter of Walt Disney, Dies at 79". Variety. November 19, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
- ^ Barnes, Mike (November 19, 2013). "Walt Disney's Daughter, Diane Disney Miller, Dies at 79". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
- ^ http://www.waltbeforemickey.com/book.html Book I Walt Before Mickey
- ^ "Diane Disney Miller on Neal Gabler", Retrieved on August 29, 2007
- ^ 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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Wall Street Journal
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:33:45 -0700
Ron and Diane (Disney) Miller. 'Bambi' (visual development), 1942, by Tyrus Wong; watercolor on paper; 10 x 11.5 in. Tyrus Wong Family … Tyrus Wong's immigration photograph. The artist was 9 years old when he and his father left China for the U.S. in ...
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 03:30:00 -0700
“When my wife, Diane Disney Miller, founded The Walt Disney Family Museum, she was on a mission—to tell the fascinating and inspiring story of her father, Walt Disney. Through this, she hoped the museum would be a center for inspiration and creativity ...
San Francisco Chronicle
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:59:34 -0800
Philanthropist Diane Disney Miller, who was the daughter of Walt Disney, died Tuesday at her home in Napa, Calif. She had suffered a fall in September from which she never recovered. Disney Miller, the eldest and only biological daughter of Lillian and ...
New York Times
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:05:57 -0800
Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's last surviving child, who stood up for Frank Gehry's spectacularly abstract design for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and co-founded a museum dedicated to the memory of her father as a human being rather ...
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:35:24 -0800
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Wed, 21 May 2014 07:33:30 -0700
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Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:30:08 -0800
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