Diane Disney Miller, Walt’s Eldest Daughter, Dies at 79

20 Nov

Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney’s eldest daughter, passed away last night at her California home. She was 79 years old.

Courtesy of DisneyParks blog

Miller was the last surviving member of the Walt Disney family. Walt frequently mentioned in interviews that his two daughters were the inspirations for Disneyland, a place where he could take his daughters when it was “daddy’s day with the girls.”

“As the beloved daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for creating Disneyland, she holds a special place in the history of The Walt Disney Co. and in the hearts of fans everywhere,” Bob Iger, the Company’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “She will be remembered for her grace and generosity and tireless work to preserve her father’s legacy.”

Miller was the eldest of Walt and Lillian Disney’s two daughters. Her younger sister, Sharon, died in 1993 of cancer.

Miller founded the Walt Disney Family Museum, which opened in 2009, to honor the personal memories of her father rather than a corporate figurehead.

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