Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.: Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist, 2019 Disney Legend

By Zach Johnson

Becoming a Disney Legend the same year as his collaborator and friend Jon Favreau makes the recognition even more meaningful for Robert Downey Jr., who launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with his inimitable turn as Tony Stark in Iron Man. “We thought we’d arrived when the Paramount folks brought us to Mr. Chow’s in 2008. We were like,…

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Disney Legend Kenny Ortega

How Kenny Ortega Choreographed a Legendary Disney Career

By Beth Deitchman

Multi-award-winning director, choreographer, and producer Kenny Ortega literally can’t remember a time when Disney wasn’t part of his life—whether he was falling asleep in a room where Disney characters covered the walls, courtesy of his father, a gifted artist himself; thrilling to the latest adventures of Spin and Marty on the Mickey Mouse…

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Bette Midler

Bette Midler Looks Back at Her Disney Movies—And Mostly Hocus Pocus

By Jeffrey Epstein

From 1986 until 1993, Bette Midler worked on a staggering 10 projects for Disney. From her hilarious turns in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Ruthless People, and Outrageous Fortune to her heartbreaking role in Beaches, her animated debut in Oliver & Company, and her iconic performance in Hocus Pocus, the Divine Miss M is every bit a Disney Legend….

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Barnette Ricci

Barnette Ricci’s Fantasmic! Journey to Becoming a Disney Legend

By Zach Johnson

“I am deeply honored and so very proud to be named a Disney Legend,” says Barnette Ricci, one of 12 remarkable people who were inducted August 23 at D23 Expo 2019. “And this is going to be especially exciting for me because I used to direct the Disney Legends ceremonies!”

Ricci actually started her career with The Walt Disney Company in…

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Disney Legend Al Konetzni Still Making Magic at Age 99

A Disney Legend widely known for his iconic designs and illustrations celebrated his 99th birthday recently. Still active and drawing, Al Konetzni shares his love of Disney with all the residents in his independent living facility. And this month it’s all about him.
Konetzni’s home is full of Disney trinkets, artwork, and awards. He has received multiple honors for…

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Disney Legend Angela Lansbury Joins Damehood

The 88-year-old, who is only a year older than the monarch, is still on stage in the West End. She received the honor at Windsor Castle for services to drama and charity. Dame Angela, who left Britain for the US as a child, said: “It is a very proud day for me to be recognized by the country of my birth.” She joins a select group of acting Dames, including Judi Dench…

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Alice Davis wins June Foray Award

Disney Legend Alice Davis Honored with the June Foray Award

Disney Legend Alice Davis was honored with the June Foray award for her significant and benevolent contributions to the art and industry of animation at the 41st Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, February 1 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 30 categories ranging from best feature,…

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Tony Baxter at Disneyland accepting Main Street Marvels Award

Tony Baxter Honored with Window on Main Street, U.S.A.

On Friday, November 1, 2013, a window on Main Street, U.S.A., was unveiled to honor Disney Legend Tony Baxter, who began his career at Disneyland Park serving ice cream and went on to design some of Disney’s most marvelous realms of adventure and creativity. To commemorate this special occasion, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs, Walt Disney…

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Disney Legend Jodi Benson

Jodi Benson Reflects on The Little Mermaid

Disney Legends Jodi Benson and Howard Ashman first met on the Broadway show Smile. And when its run abruptly ended, Howard let all the girls in the show audition for his new musical project, Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
Today, the resulting film is beloved by generations.
In celebration of the film’s official release on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital, The…

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