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Diane Disney's Museum Displays Walt Disney's "Childlike Sense of Play"



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"Walt Disney with his daughters Sharon, left, and Diane in 1941." Source of caption and photo: online version of the NYT article quoted and cited below.




(p. B16) Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's last surviving child, who . . . co-founded a museum dedicated to the memory of her father as a human being rather than a brand, died on Tuesday [November 19, 2013] in Napa Valley, Calif., where she had a home. She was 79.


. . .


At her death, Mrs. Miller was president of the board of the Walt Disney Family Foundation, whose mission is to ensure that her father, and not just his company, is remembered.

"My kids have literally encountered people who didn't know that my father was a person," she told The Times in 2009. "They think he's just some kind of corporate logo."

She opened the Walt Disney Family Museum in 2009, financing it through the foundation.

"The Disney Museum is far from being an airbrushed portrait," Edward Rothstein of The Times wrote in a review of the museum, adding, "The family movies on display show, at the very least, Disney's childlike sense of play, particularly with his two young daughters."



For the full obituary, see:

DANIEL E. SLOTNIK. "Diane Disney Miller, 79, Keeper of Walt's Flame." The New York Times (Thurs., November 21, 2013): B16.

(Note: ellipses, and bracketed date, added.)

(Note: the online version of the obituary has the date November 20, 2013, and has the title "Diane Disney Miller, 79, Keeper of Walt's Flame, Dies." The online version substitutes the word "co-founded" for the word "founded" that appeared in the first paragraph of the print version.)






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