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The Disney Legends award

Established in 1987, the Disney Legends program recognizes people who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company. The honor is awarded annually during a special ceremony.

Recipients are chosen by a selection committee, formerly appointed and chaired by the late Disney Legend Roy E. Disney (January 10, 1930 – December 16, 2009), Walt Disney's nephew, former vice chairman and director emeritus of The Walt Disney Company. The committee consists of long-time Disney executives, historians and other authorities. Disney's corporate headquarters in Burbank, California features a plaza honoring the recipients outside Team Disney - The Michael D. Eisner Building. Each honoree is represented by a bronze plaque; the plaque features the recipient's handprints and signature if they were living when named a Disney Legend. Legends also receive a Disney Golden Pass, a lifetime pass to all Disney-operated parks.

Imagineer Andrea Favilli created the Disney Legends award, which is handcrafted from bronze each year. The award depicts the arm of Mickey Mouse holding a star-tipped wand.

Disney describes the award as follows:

The Disney Legends award has three distinct elements that characterize the contributions made by each talented recipient.
The Spiral ... stands for imagination, the power of an idea.
The Hand ... holds the gifts of skill, discipline and craftsmanship.
The Wand and the Star ... represent magic: the spark that is ignited when imagination and skill combine to create a new dream.[1]

When Disney opened its hall of fame, all of the then-major Hollywood studios considered opening their own halls of fame, but as of 2008 Disney remains the only major Hollywood studio to have one.[citation needed]

The first Disney Legends committee consisted of Dave Smith; Arlene Ludwig; Marty Sklar, Randy Bright; Jack Lindquist; Sharon Harwood; Art Levitt; Shelley Miles; Paula Sigman; Doris Smith; and Stacia Martin.[2]

Recipients[edit]

The nametag given to Disney Legends

1987 | 1988 | 1989 | 1990

1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000

2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010

2011 | 2013

Blue ribbon = awarded posthumously

Class of 1987[edit]

Class of 1988[edit]

Class of 1989[edit]

All except Iwerks were Disney's "Nine Old Men."

Class of 1990[edit]

Class of 1991[edit]

Class of 1992[edit]

Class of 1993[edit]

Class of 1994[edit]

Class of 1995[edit]

Class of 1996[edit]

Class of 1997[edit]

This ceremony was held at Disneyland Paris to celebrate its 5th birthday [1]/

  • Lucien Adés, Music Blue ribbon[69]
  • Angel Angelopoulos, Publishing Blue ribbon[70]
  • Antonio Bertini, Character Merchandise[71]
  • Armand Bigle, Character Merchandise[72]
  • Gaudenzio Capelli, Publishing[73]
  • Roberto de Leonardis, Film Blue ribbon[74]
  • Cyril Edgar, Film Blue ribbon[75]
  • Wally Feignoux, Film Blue ribbon[76]
  • Didier Fouret, Publishing Blue ribbon[77]
  • Mario Gentilini, Publishing Blue ribbon[78]
  • Cyril James, Film & Merchandise Blue ribbon[79]
  • Horst Koblischek, Character Merchandise[80]
  • Gunnar Mansson, Character Merchandise[81]
  • Arnoldo Mondadori, Publishing Blue ribbon[82]
  • Armand Palivoda, Film Blue ribbon[83]
  • Poul Brahe Pedersen, Publishing Blue ribbon[84]
  • André Vanneste, Character Merchandise Blue ribbon[85]
  • Paul Winkler, Character Merchandise Blue ribbon[86]

Class of 1998[edit]

Class of 1999[edit]

Class of 2000[edit]

Class of 2001[edit]

Class of 2002[edit]

In honor of the opening of the Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris, all 2002 inductees are of European origin. The ceremony was held in the Animation building at the new park on opening day.

Class of 2003[edit]

Following a dispute between Roy E. Disney and the company that resulted in Disney departing, Robert Iger, the company's then-president and COO co-presented with Michael Eisner.

Class of 2004[edit]

Class of 2005[edit]

In honor of Disneyland's 50th anniversary in 2005, all recipients are related to either Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and/or Walt Disney Imagineering, and nearly all have had some connection with Disneyland. Roy E. Disney again co-presented the awards, after a two-year hiatus and a return to the company.
  • Chuck Abbott, Parks & Resorts Blue ribbon[158]
  • Milt Albright, Parks & Resorts[159]
  • Hideo Amemiya, Parks & Resorts Blue ribbon[160]
  • Hideo Aramaki, Parks & Resorts Blue ribbon[161]
  • Charles Boyer, Parks & Resorts[162]
  • Randy Bright, Imagineer Blue ribbon[163]
  • James Cora, Parks & Resorts[164]
  • Robert Jani, Parks & Resorts Blue ribbon[165]
  • Mary Jones, Parks & Resorts[166]
  • Art Linkletter, Parks & Resorts[167]
  • Mary Anne Mang, Parks & Resorts[168]
  • Steve Martin, Parks & Resorts[169]
  • Tom Nabbe, Parks & Resorts[170]
  • Jack Olsen, Parks & Resorts Blue ribbon[171]
  • Cicely Rigdon, Parks & Resorts[172]
  • William Sullivan, Parks & Resorts[173]
  • Jack Wagner, Parks & Resorts Blue ribbon[174]
  • Vesey Walker, Parks & Resorts Blue ribbon[175]

Class of 2006[edit]

Class of 2007[edit]

Class of 2008[edit]

[185]

Class of 2009[edit]

[186]


Class of 2011[edit]

[187]

Class of 2013[edit]

[188]

References[edit]

  1. ^ About Disney Legends
  2. ^ D23 Presents Disney Legends at 25 years.[dead link]
  3. ^ Disney Legends - Fred MacMurray
  4. ^ "Disney Legends - Virginia Davis". 
  5. ^ "Disney Legends - Norman Palmer". 
  6. ^ Disney Legends - Ward Kimball
  7. ^ Disney Legends - Eric Larson
  8. ^ Disney Legends - John Lounsbery
  9. ^ Disney Legends - Wolfgang Reitherman
  10. ^ Disney Legends - Frank Thomas
  11. ^ Disney Legends - John Hench
  12. ^ Disney Legends - Richard Irvine
  13. ^ Disney Legends - Herb Ryman
  14. ^ Disney Legends - Richard Sherman
  15. ^ Disney Legends - Robert Sherman
  16. ^ Disney Legends - Carl Banrks
  17. ^ Disney Legends - Mary Blair
  18. ^ Disney Legends - Claude Coats
  19. ^ Disney Legends - Don DaGradi
  20. ^ Disney Legends - Sterling Holloway
  21. ^ Disney Legends - Fess Parker
  22. ^ Disney Legends - Bill Walsh
  23. ^ Disney Legends - Jimmie Dodd
  24. ^ Disney Legends - Bill Evans
  25. ^ Disney Legends - Annette Funicello
  26. ^ Disney Legends - Joe Grant
  27. ^ Disney Legends - Jack Hannah
  28. ^ Disney Legends - Winston Hibler
  29. ^ Disney Legends - Ken O'Connor
  30. ^ Disney Legends - Roy Williams
  31. ^ Disney Legends - Pinto Colvig
  32. ^ Disney Legends - Buddy Ebsen
  33. ^ Disney Legends - Peter Ellenshaw
  34. ^ Disney Legends - Blaine Gibson
  35. ^ Disney Legends - Harper Goff
  36. ^ Disney Legends - Irving Ludwig
  37. ^ Disney Legends - Jimmy MacDonald
  38. ^ Disney Legends - Clarence Nash
  39. ^ Disney Legends - Donn -Tatum
  40. ^ Disney Legends - Card Walker
  41. ^ Disney Legends - Adriana Caselotti
  42. ^ Disney Legends - Bill Cottrell
  43. ^ Disney Legends - Marvin Davis
  44. ^ Disney Legends - Van France
  45. ^ Disney Legends - David Hand
  46. ^ Disney Legends - Jack Lindquist
  47. ^ Disney Legends - Bill Martin
  48. ^ Disney Legends - Paul Smith
  49. ^ Disney Legends - Frank Wells
  50. ^ Disney Legends - Wally Boag
  51. ^ Disney Legends - Fulton Burley
  52. ^ Disney Legends - Dean Jones
  53. ^ Disney Legends - Angela Lansbury
  54. ^ Disney Legends - Edward Meck
  55. ^ Disney Legends - Fred Moore
  56. ^ Disney Legends - Thurl Ravenscroft
  57. ^ Disney Legends - Wathel Rogers
  58. ^ Disney Legends - Betty Taylor
  59. ^ Disney Legends - Bob Allen
  60. ^ Disney Legends - Rex Allen
  61. ^ Disney Legends - X Atencio
  62. ^ Disney Legends - Betty Lou Gerson
  63. ^ Disney Legends - Bill Justice
  64. ^ Disney Legends - Bob Matheison
  65. ^ Disney Legends - Sam McKim
  66. ^ Disney Legends - Bob Moore
  67. ^ Disney Legends - Bill Peet
  68. ^ Disney Legends - Joe Potter
  69. ^ Disney Legends - Lucien Adés
  70. ^ Disney Legends - Angel Angelopoulos
  71. ^ Disney Legends - Antonio Bertini
  72. ^ Disney Legends - Armand Bigle
  73. ^ Disney Legends - Gaudenzio Capelli
  74. ^ Disney Legends - Roberto de Leonardis
  75. ^ Disney Legends - Cyril Edgar
  76. ^ Disney Legends - Wally Feignoux
  77. ^ Disney Legends - Dideor Fouret
  78. ^ Disney Legends - Mario Gentilini
  79. ^ Disney Legends - Cyril James
  80. ^ Disney Legends - Horst Koblishek
  81. ^ Disney Legends - Gunnar Mansson
  82. ^ Disney Legends - Arnoldo Mondadori
  83. ^ Disney Legends - Armand Palivoda
  84. ^ Disney Legends - Poul Brahe Pederson
  85. ^ Disney Legends - André Vanneste
  86. ^ Disney Legends - Paul Winkler
  87. ^ Disney Legends - James Algar
  88. ^ Disney Legends - Buddy Baker
  89. ^ Disney Legends - Kathryn Beaumont
  90. ^ Disney Legends - Roy E. Disney
  91. ^ Disney Legends - Don Escen
  92. ^ Disney Legends - Wilfrid Jackson
  93. ^ Disney Legends - Glynis Johns
  94. ^ Disney Legends - Kay Kamen
  95. ^ Disney Legends - Paul Kenworthy
  96. ^ Disney Legends - Larry Lansburgh
  97. ^ Disney Legends - Hayley Mills
  98. ^ - Al & Emma Milotte
  99. ^ Disney Legends - Norman Palmer
  100. ^ Disney Legends - Lloyd Richardson
  101. ^ Disney Legends - Kurt Russell
  102. ^ Disney Legends - Ben Sharpsteen
  103. ^ Disney Legends - Masatomo Takahashi
  104. ^ Disney Legends - Vladimir Tytla
  105. ^ Disney Legends - Dick Van Dyke
  106. ^ Disney Legends - Matsuo Yokoyama
  107. ^ Disney Legends - Tim Allen
  108. ^ Disney Legends - Mary Costa
  109. ^ Disney Legends - Norm Ferguson
  110. ^ Disney Legends - Bill Garity
  111. ^ Disney Legends - Yale Gracey
  112. ^ Disney Legends - Al Knoetzni
  113. ^ Disney Legends - Ham Luske
  114. ^ Disney Legends - Dick Nunis
  115. ^ Disney Legends - Charlie Ridgway
  116. ^ Disney Legends - Grace Bailey
  117. ^ Disney Legends - Harriet Burns
  118. ^ Disney Legends - Joyce Carlson
  119. ^ Disney Legends - Ron Dominguez
  120. ^ Disney Legends - Cliff Edwards
  121. ^ Disney Legends - Becky Fallberg
  122. ^ Disney Legends - Dick Jones
  123. ^ Disney Legends - Dodie Roberts
  124. ^ Disney Legends - Retta Scott
  125. ^ Disney Legends - Ruthie Thompson
  126. ^ Disney Legends - Howard Ashman
  127. ^ Disney Legends - Bob Broughton
  128. ^ Disney Legends - George Bruns
  129. ^ Disney Legends - Frank Churchill
  130. ^ Disney Legends - Leigh Harline
  131. ^ Disney Legends - Fred Joerger
  132. ^ Disney Legends - Alan Manken
  133. ^ Disney Legends - Martin Sklar
  134. ^ Disney Legends - Ned Washington
  135. ^ Disney Legends - Tyrus Wong
  136. ^ Disney Legends - Neil Beckett
  137. ^ Disney Legends - Tutti Camarata
  138. ^ Disney Legends - Edna Francis Disney
  139. ^ Disney Legends - Lillian Disney
  140. ^ Disney Legends - Orlando Ferrante
  141. ^ Disney Legends - Richard Fleischer
  142. ^ Disney Legends - Floyd Gottfredson
  143. ^ Disney Legends - Buddy Hackett
  144. ^ Disney Legends - Harrison Prince
  145. ^ Disney Legends - Alfred Taliaferro
  146. ^ Disney Legends - Ilene Woods
  147. ^ Disney Legends - Bill Anderson
  148. ^ Disney Legends - Tim Conway
  149. ^ Disney Legends - Rolly Crump
  150. ^ Disney Legends - Alice Davis
  151. ^ Disney Legends - Karen Dotrice
  152. ^ Disney Legends - Matthew Garber
  153. ^ Legends - Leonard H. Goldenson
  154. ^ Disney Legends - Bob Gurr
  155. ^ Disney Legends - Ralph Kent
  156. ^ Disney Legends - Irwin Kostal
  157. ^ Disney Legends - Mel Shaw
  158. ^ Disney Legends - Chuck Abbott
  159. ^ Disney Legends - Milt Albright
  160. ^ Disney Legends - Hideo Amemiya
  161. ^ Disney Legends - Hido Aramaki
  162. ^ Disney Legends - Charles Boyer
  163. ^ Disney Legends - Randy Bright
  164. ^ Disney Legends - James Cora
  165. ^ Disney Legends - Robert Jani
  166. ^ Disney Legends - Mary Jones
  167. ^ Disney Legends - Art Linkletter
  168. ^ Disney Legends - Mary Anne Mang
  169. ^ Disney Legends - Steve Martin
  170. ^ Disney Legends - Tom Nabbe
  171. ^ Disney Legends - Jack Olsen
  172. ^ Disney Legends - Cicely Rigdon
  173. ^ Disney Legends - William Sullivan
  174. ^ Disney Legends - Jack Wagner
  175. ^ Disney Legends - Vesey Walker
  176. ^ Disney Legends - Don Edgren
  177. ^ Disney Legends - Paul Frees
  178. ^ Disney Legends - Peter Jennings
  179. ^ Disney Legends - Elton John
  180. ^ Disney Legends - Jimmy Johnson
  181. ^ Disney Legends - Tommy Kirk
  182. ^ Disney Legends - Joe Ranft
  183. ^ Disney Legends - David Stollery
  184. ^ Disney Legends - Ginny Tyler
  185. ^ BARBARA WALTERS AND FRANK GIFFORD AMONG 11 HONOREES TO RECEIVE PRESTIGOUS DISNEY LEGENDS AWARDS
  186. ^ 2009 Disney Legends Award Recipients to Be Honored During D23 Expo in Anaheim
  187. ^ 2011 Disney Legends Awards Honorees at D23 Expo to include Regis Philbin, Jim Henson, Disney Princess voices
  188. ^ Steve Jobs, Dick Clark, Billy Crystal, John Goodman among Disney Legends Awards recipients announced for 2013 D23 Expo

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