In two side-by-side photos from the early 1960s, Imagineer and costume designer Alice Davis stands to one side of a doll figure from the “it’s a small world” attraction, during its design and construction for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. The doll is veiled, while Alice checks the costume against a drawing she holds in her right hand.

Remembering Disney Legend Alice Davis

The D23 Team Disney Legend Alice Estes Davis passed away on Thursday, November 3, her family has confirmed. She was 93. At Walt Disney Imagineering, Alice was one of the original “designing women.” Married to Disney Legend Marc Davis, she enjoyed a fashionable Disney career of her own, designing and dressing animated figures for such …

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Remembering Disney Legend Angela Lansbury

Award-winning actress and Disney Legend Angela Lansbury passed away today at her home in Los Angeles at age 96. While probably best known to television audiences as Jessica Fletcher in the long-running detective series Murder, She Wrote, her performances in two classic Disney films—Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) and Beauty and the Beast (1991)—endeared her to …

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Chadwick Boseman

A once-in-a-generation talent. A lasting impact. And now, a Disney Legend. Chadwick Boseman was born and raised in South Carolina, where he took interest in both performance and basketball during his high school years. Recruited to play sports in college, the call of the stage was too strong, and he graduated from Howard University in …

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Anthony Anderson

From comedy and drama to video games, animation, and game shows, Anthony Anderson’s career has touched nearly every corner of pop culture over the last two-plus decades. Born in Augusta, Maine, and raised in Compton, California, he would often accompany his mother Doris to film sets, where she worked as a background actor. It’s no …

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Tracee Ellis Ross

Actress. Producer. CEO. Creative. Tracee Ellis Ross has forged a unique path in Hollywood. After appearing in 1996’s Far Harbor, she landed her first studio film role in Hanging Up (2000). That year would prove to be her breakthrough—not only did she became a regular on the MTV series The Lyricist Lounge Show, a hip-hop …

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Josh Gad

Josh Gad is a Tony Award®-nominated and Grammy®-winning actor and singer who has warmed the hearts of countless viewers around theglobe as Olaf, the lovable snowman from the 2013 box office hit Frozen and its popular follow-up, Frozen 2 (2019). Gad and Disney havebeen a perfect match at least since the actor’s guest role as …

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Kristen Bell

It doesn’t take a detective to deduce that Kristen Bell is a true quintuple threat—an actress, a singer, a producer, a philanthropist, and an entrepreneur. Born in Huntington Woods, Michigan, Kristen started performing early. As a child, she once appeared in the pivotal dual role of “banana and tree” in a suburban Detroit theater production …

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Doris Hardoon

When Doris Hardoon arrived in 1979 for an interview at WED Enterprises—as Walt Disney Imagineering was then called—three future Disney Legends sat in judgment of this recent graduate from San Francisco’s California College of the Arts: Marty Sklar, John Hench, and Rolly Crump. Her creativity and design experience at a small animal-themed park in Northern …

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