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Diane Disney Miller obituary

21 November 2013 2:16 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Daughter of Walt, she played a key role in safeguarding the Disney legacy

When Diane Disney Miller was born, the Los Angeles Times announced: "Mickey Mouse has a daughter." It was a testament to the fame of her father, Walt Disney, and the cartoon star on whose popularity one of the great entertainment empires of the world would be built. For Diane, who has died aged 79 as a result of complications following a fall, this might have been the prelude to a life of celebrity, but her parents shielded her from all that. There was a family story that when, as a child, Diane discovered from school friends that she had a famous father, she asked him, "Are you Walt Disney? The Walt Disney?" and, on being told that he was, asked for his autograph. Diane, who tended to dismiss this as a piece of embellishment, personally eschewed the limelight »

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