Monday, December 5, 2011

Happy 110th Birthday Walt Disney

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Born Walter Elias Disney on December 5, 1901, the man who became the American Icon was a film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, and philanthropist.

During his lifetime he received four honorary Academy Awards and won twenty-two Academy Awards from a total of fifty-nine nominations, including a record four in one year, giving him more awards and nominations than any other individual in history. Not to mention the special Academy award he received for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs presented to him by Shirley Temple.

 

Walt Disney has received so many honors and awards, he has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures and the other for his television work. He received the Congressional Gold Medal on May 24, 1968 and the Légion d'Honneur awarded by France in 1935. In 1935, Walt received a special medal from the League of Nations for creation of Mickey Mouse, held to be Mickey Mouse award. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on September 14, 1964. On December 6, 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted Walt Disney into the California Hall of Fame located at The California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts. There is even a minor planet, 4017 Disneya, discovered in 1980 by Soviet astronomer Lyudmila Georgievna Karachkina, that is named after him. 

So many people have loved and still love Walt Disney for what he has done and what is still being done in his name - not just ME. So I want to wish him a very happy birthday, in the great Fantasy Land in the Sky and thank you for all you have done for me and everyone in the world.


"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse."
my favorite quote by Walt Disney

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{Additional information received from Wikipedia}

3 comments:

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Wow, first Mickey, now Walt Disney! They along with everything created around them are definitely icons that started something major and changed the lives of millions :)

Happy birthday to the one and only Walt Disney!

Xmas Dolly said...

I love that pic of Shirley Temple & Walt! Too cool

Tami said...

He looks good for 110 years old.

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