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Remembering legendary philanthropist Diane Disney Miller

Disneyland's 50th Anniversary

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Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney poses with actor Art Linkletter, Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Disneyland's 50th Anniversary rededication ceremony held at Disneyland on July 17, 2005 in Anaheim, California.

Diane Disney Miller passed away yesterday at her home in the Napa Valley.

Diane was Walt Disney's eldest daughter who was born here in Los Angeles. The next day the LA Times ran this headline, "Mickey Mouse has a daughter." Given her father's long hours at work, she didn't get to spend much time with him, but on weekends, he would take her to Griffith Park.

It was there, watching Diane and her younger sister Sharon ride the carousel, that Walt Disney got the idea for a place where families could enjoy such rides together. An idea which later became Disneyland.

Diane's love of the book Mary Poppins inspired Walt Disney to make a film about the beloved governess. His quest to get the rights from the book's author is the subject of the upcoming feature film "Saving Mr. Banks."

Tom Hanks takes on the role of Walt Disney and had the chance to talk with the animator's elder daughter to learn more about the family and the time they used to spend together. Diane Disney went to USC where she met her future husband, football star Ron Miller.

In the '80s, they left Southern California for wine country where they operated Silverado Vineyards, but her presence was still felt in LA.  A patron of the arts, Diane Disney Miller played a key role in the construction of Walt Disney Concert Hall. 

Deborah Borda, president and CEO of the LA Philharmonic, joins the show with more on Diane's legacy. 


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