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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
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
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 oldest and only biological child of Walt Disney and his wife Lillian Bounds Disney.[2]

The Disney legacy[edit]

Disney Miller began working on her father's legacy in the 1950s. She published a series of eight pieces for the Saturday Evening Post in 1956 titled "My Dad, Walt Disney", co-written with Pete Martin.[3] In 1957 she published the book The Story of Walt Disney.[4] After her husband was removed from his executive position at Walt Disney Productions in 1984, Disney Miller began to limit her involvement with the company.[5]

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 her mother in 1988, but was stalled for a time due to cost negotiations. Disney Miller ensured the original design by Frank Gehry went ahead, and the hall finally opened in 2004.

Disney Miller was present at the Disneyland birthday celebration on July 17, 2005 where she read her father's original dedication of the theme park from fifty years prior. She was directly involved in organizing development of The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco,[6] which opened in October 2009.

Personal life[edit]

When she was 20 years old, Disney and then-USC Trojans football player Ron Miller were introduced on a blind date. After a period of dating, the couple were married in a small church wedding on May 9, 1954. Their first child, Christopher, was born in December of the same year.

Five months after their wedding, Disney Miller's husband was drafted into the U.S. Army. Following his army service, Miller played a season as tight end with the Los Angeles Rams.[7]

In the early 1970s, the Millers purchased a vineyard in Napa Valley. 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. Beginning in 1981, they operated Silverado Vineyards Winery on a tract of their Napa property.

Diane Disney Miller died on November 19, 2013 at age 79 from medical complications that developed after a fall. She is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, where her father's ashes are also located.[8]

The film Saving Mr. Banks is dedicated to her memory (Disney Miller died shortly before it opened theatrically).[9]

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. ^ Disney, Walt; Jackson, Kathy Merlock (2006). Walt Disney: Conversations. UP of Mississippi. p. 25. ISBN 9781578067138. 
  4. ^ Mosley, Leonard (1990). Disney's World. Scarborough House. p. 15. ISBN 9781589796560. 
  5. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (20 November 2013). "Diane Disney Miller, 79, Keeper of Walt’s Flame, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Jackson, Kathy Merlock; West, Mark I. (2014). Walt Disney, from Reader to Storyteller: Essays on the Literary Inspirations. McFarland. p. 2. ISBN 9780786472321. 
  7. ^ "NFL Roster for Ron Miller". 
  8. ^ "Diane Disney Miller on Neal Gabler", Retrieved on August 29, 2007
  9. ^ 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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OCRegister

OCRegister
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:07:30 -0700

Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney, sits on one of the park benches from Griffith Park like the ones that her father used to sit on. Walt said he came up with the idea for Disneyland while sitting on the benches. This is one of the actual ...

Daily Republic

Daily Republic
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:37:30 -0700

That story struck a chord with Gutierrez, 33, and Bernstein, 37, who wanted to make a film about Walt Disney. Susanin's book is also the only book on Disney with a forward written by his daughter, Diane Disney Miller. "When you research Walt Disney and ...

OCRegister

OCRegister
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:03:45 -0700

Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney, looks up at photos of her father, Walt Disney, at the Walt Disney Family Museum at the Presidio in San Francisco in 2011. FILE: MARK EADES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ...

OCRegister

OCRegister
Thu, 06 Aug 2015 06:52:30 -0700

What would become Adventureland and Frontierland can be seen taking shot in this aerial photograph of Disneyland under construction in 1954. COURTESY OF THE ORANGE COUNTY ARCHIVES ...

Biography

Biography
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:07:30 -0700

Based on the book by Timothy S. Susanin with a foreword by Walt's daughter Diane Disney Miller, the motion picture is the story of Walt's early years from 1919-1928, the period of time before he created Mickey Mouse and released Steamboat Willie (1928).

MousePlanet

MousePlanet
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:05:50 -0700

I know that type of attitude very much bothered his oldest daughter, Diane Disney Miller, who, in the last years of her life, strove to help people realize Walt was a son, a brother, a father and a grandfather and not just an image on a T-shirt or a ...

Variety

Variety
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 16:23:16 -0700

The Disney family also cooperated, although Disney's lone surviving daughter, Diane Disney Miller, died in 2013 before she could be interviewed for the doc. “American Experience” exec producer Mark Samels emphasized that the Disney company had no ...
 
Kansas City Star
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:47:23 -0700

The movie is based on the 2011 book of the same name by Timothy S. Susanin (with a foreword by Walt's daughter Diane Disney Miller) and is directed by first-timer Khoa Le. Thomas Ian Nicholas (“American Pie”) stars as Walt Disney, and Jon Heder ...
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