Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher will be instantly recognizable for her iconic performance as Princess Leia in the Star Wars saga. But throughout her career Carrie took on many roles—as an actress, author, playwright, screenwriter, and advocate for mental health awareness.

Carrie was born on October 21, 1956, the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. She…

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Clyde Geronimi

Clyde Geronimi

You remember the scenes—a terrifying nighttime flight from the Headless Horseman, a romantic spaghetti dinner behind Tony’s Restaurant, and a remarkably Mad Tea Party. These and many other instantly recognizable moments from Disney’s animation history were created under the supervision of Clyde Geronimi.

Amid the Italian Alps in the town of Chiavenna, Clito…

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Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

As an award-winning actress, producer, and talk-show host, Whoopi Goldberg is one of the most prolific entertainers currently working in the industry.

Whoopi was born on November 13, 1955, in New York City. After dropping out of high school and struggling to make ends meet working odd jobs, she decided to move to California to pursue an acting career. There she…

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Manuel Gonzales

Manuel Gonzales

For nearly 40 years, Manuel Gonzales brought Mickey Mouse to newspapers nationwide. At its peak, his Mickey Mouse-starring comic strips appeared in 120 newspapers around the world with a collective circulation of more than 20 million readers each week.

Manuel was born on March 13, 1913, in Cabana, Spain. His family moved to Cuba when he was 1, and then immigrated to…

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Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

For an entire generation of filmgoers, there has been no greater hero than Luke Skywalker. And behind the robes of the aspiring Jedi was an actor who would become an iconic part of the great Star Wars legacy: Mark Hamill.

Born in Oakland, California, on September 25, 1951, Mark was the son of a Navy officer. Growing up across the world, he developed an interest in…

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Wayne Jackson

Wayne Jackson

Wayne Jackson began his career as an Imagineer in October 1965, and in the decades that followed he would put his technical skill and know-how to great use in the development and installation of Disney attractions around the world.

Wayne was the first employee of MAPO—Walt Disney Imagineering’s manufacturing and production arm. Originally trained in aircraft…

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Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby

The work of Jack Kirby helped define the Super Hero, expanded the power of the comic book, and brought thrilling tales of wonder and adventure to millions throughout the world.

Jacob Kurtzberg was born in 1917, the son of European Jewish immigrants. He grew up in New York’s Lower East Side neighborhood during the Great Depression, where he faced fights every day…

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Stan Lee

Stan Lee

Excelsior! It is the familiar rallying cry of Stan Lee, one of the most prolific and legendary comic creators of all time. In his more than seven decades in the industry, Stan has dreamed up an endless number of new characters and worlds, and brought readers an all-star roster of heroes and villains.

Stanley Martin Lieber was born in New York City on December 28,…

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Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall

An impresario of film and television, Garry Marshall created a vast TV world of long-running and interconnected shows that remain on the air to this day. He was also renowned as one of the nicest guys in Hollywood.

Garry Kent Marshall was born in the Bronx on November 13, 1934. He studied journalism before joining the Army, and spent time as a reporter in New York…

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Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor

As a Tony®-, Emmy®-, and Grammy®- winning and Oscar®-nominated director, Julie Taymor has changed the face of Broadway with her innovative direction.

Julie was born on December 15, 1952, in Newton, Massachusetts. From an early age she was drawn to the stage, becoming one of the youngest members of the Boston theatrical community. At age 15 she spent time…

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