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Actress Davis Dies At 90

18 August 2009 5:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former child star Virginia Davis, known as Walt Disney's first movie star, has died. She was 90 years old.

The actress passed away of natural causes on Saturday at her home in Corona, California.

Davis was just four years old when she was hired by struggling filmmaker Disney in 1923 to star in Alice's Wonderland, becoming the first actress to take the title role in his pioneering Alice silent movies.

She went on to star in 13 Alice comedies before her contract was dropped and she was replaced by other girls.

Davis also appeared in films like 1932's Three On A Match before finding work as an interior decorator and magazine editor later in life. »

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First Disney actress dies, aged 90

17 August 2009 2:28 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Virginia Davis, who is widely regarded as the first actress for Walt Disney Pictures, has died at the age of 90. In 1923, Walt Disney hired the young girl to star in his first action-animated film entitled Alice's Wonderland for his Laugh-o-Gram studio, after spotting the 4-year old in an advertisement for Warneker's Bread, the Orange County Register reports. Disney then convinced Davis's parents to move out to California, where he created a whole series of Alice shorts, which were directed by his filmmaker brother Roy in their garage studio. She starred in 13 (more) »

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