Nine New Disney Legends to Be Honored During D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim on July 14

Oprah Winfrey, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, Julie Taymor,
and Other Incredible Talents to be Honored at a Special 30th Anniversary
Awards Ceremony Hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger

BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oprah Winfrey, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, Julie Taymor, and
other remarkable contributors to the Disney legacy will be honored as
official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2017. Hosted by Disney Chairman
and CEO Bob Iger, the Disney Legends Award ceremony will be held at 10
a.m. on Friday, July 14, in Hall D23 of the Anaheim Convention Center.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends Awards. The
first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The
Absent-Minded Professor
, The Happiest Millionaire), who was
honored in 1987.

“The Disney Legends Award is the highest honor our company can bestow on
an individual, reserved for those few who have truly made an indelible
mark on the history of The Walt Disney Company,” said Disney Chairman
and CEO Bob Iger. “It’s a celebration of talent, a recognition of
achievement, and an expression of gratitude to the men and women whose
work has significantly contributed to Disney’s enduring reputation for
creative excellence.”

The awards ceremony is just one of the dozens of spectacular events that
Disney fans can enjoy during the three-day D23 Expo.

The 2017 Disney Legends Award honorees (listed alphabetically) are:

CARRIE FISHER became an overnight sensation in 1977 with her
iconic performance as Princess Leia in Star Wars. But throughout
her career, Carrie took on many roles—as an actress, author, playwright,
screenwriter, and outspoken advocate for mental health awareness. For
Disney, Carrie appeared in Scream 3 (2000) and Jay and Silent
Bob Strike Back
(2001) for Dimension Films, and, in 2015, she
returned to the role that made her famous, starring as General Leia
Organa in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She reprised the role for Star
Wars: The Last Jedi
, which will be released in December.

CLYDE “GERRY” GERONIMI joined the Disney Studio in 1931. His
first assignments as an animator were for several memorable Mickey
Mouse, Silly Symphony, and Pluto cartoons, and he eventually contributed
to more than 50 of the Studio’s shorts. Gerry made the leap to sequence
director with 1943’s Victory Through Air Power, and he
subsequently contributed to The Three Caballeros, The
Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
, Cinderella, Peter Pan,
and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. He also directed segments for
television’s Mickey Mouse Club and contributed to episodes of Walt
Disney’s Wonderful World of Color
. The apex of his Disney career
came when he served as supervising director for the 1959 masterpiece Sleeping

MANUEL GONZALES was one of 33 artists selected from thousands of
applicants to join Disney in 1936. In 1938, he took over penciling
duties on the Sunday Mickey Mouse comic strip from Disney Legend
Floyd Gottfredson. He brought Mickey Mouse to newspapers nationwide for
nearly 40 years. At its peak, his Mickey-starring comic strip appeared
in 120 newspapers around the world with a collective circulation of more
than 20 million readers each week. Manuel was presented a “Mousecar”
award by Walt Disney in 1966.

MARK HAMILL began his career in 1970, appearing in numerous
television series guest-roles and several TV movies, including a
recurring role on ABC’s General Hospital and starring in MTM’s
acclaimed The Texas Wheelers. He achieved worldwide attention as
Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, which included The
Empire Strikes Back
and Return of the Jedi. He returned as
Luke in The Force Awakens and will appear in the upcoming The
Last Jedi.
His stage career includes Broadway shows and the first
national tour of Amadeus directed by Sir Peter Hall. A prolific
voice-over actor, he has performed in countless animated television
shows, feature films, documentaries, and video games. He appears on
Disney’s Miles from Tomorrowland and Milo Murphy’s Law,
and has also provided the voice of The Joker in the Batman
animated series, a role that recently earned him a BAFTA Award.

WAYNE JACKSON began his career as a Walt Disney Imagineer in
October 1965, and in the decades that followed he would put his
technical skills and know-how to great use in the development and
installation of Disney attractions around the world. Originally trained
in aircraft tooling, he began as a technician and machinist assigned to
rebuild the shows from the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair that were
slated for installation at Disneyland. Instrumental in the early
development of Audio-Animatronics® technology, Wayne
would go on to help bring Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted
to Disneyland. He went on to work on the construction and
installation of attractions and show systems at Walt Disney World
Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, and Disneyland Paris.

STAN LEE got a job as an office assistant at a comic publisher in
1939 called Timely Comics—forerunner of the powerhouse we all know as
Marvel. Stan made his debut with a Captain America story in 1941, and by
the next year, at the age of just 18, he was promoted to editor. In
1961, Stan teamed up with Jack “King” Kirby to create the Fantastic Four
and ushered in a spectacular new age of comics. Stan co-created an
enormous roster of Marvel characters, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor,
Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, the X-Men, Daredevil, and Falcon. He became
Marvel’s editorial director and publisher in 1972, and eventually was
named chairman emeritus. His well-known cameos in Marvel films began
with 1989’s telefilm The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and since
the release of X-Men in 2000 he has appeared in nearly every
Marvel film project. Outside the super-hero realm, he has even popped up
as a wedding guest in Disney’s The Princess Diaries 2: Royal

GARRY MARSHALL began his career in Los Angeles writing for a
number of hit shows, including The Dick Van Dyke Show and The
Lucy Show
. But his big break came in 1970, when he produced The
Odd Couple
for ABC, the first of many big hits he created for the
network. Beginning with Happy Days in 1974, he developed a shared
universe of spinoffs including Laverne & Shirley, Mork &
, and Joanie Loves Chachi. His other ABC sitcoms during
these years included Angie, The New Odd Couple, and Blansky’s
. Garry was also a successful movie director, with 18 films
to his credit. At Disney, he made stars of two young actresses: Julia
Roberts, in Pretty Woman, and Anne Hathaway in The Princess
. He directed Bette Midler in Beaches, as well as in The
, a short film that for years was a fixture of the Backstage
Tour at the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park. Garry was known for his
acting, as well, and he appeared in Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain,
Chicken Little, and as the Devil in Hocus Pocus.

JULIE TAYMOR is a Tony®-, Emmy®-, and Grammy®-winning
and Oscar®-nominated filmmaker who has changed the face of
Broadway with her innovative direction. Her adaptation of The
Lion King
 debuted in 1997, becoming the most successful stage
musical of all time; 24 global productions have been seen by more than
90 million people. The show has played in more than 100 cities in 19
countries. It received 11 Tony Award nominations, earning Julie Best
Director, Costume Designer, and Best Musical for the show. Her
production of The Magic Flute is currently in repertory at
the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Her films include A
Midsummer’s Night Dream,
 Titus, The Tempest,
the Golden Globe-nominated Across the Universe, and the
Oscar-winning Frida. Taymor is a recipient of the MacArthur
“Genius” Fellowship and an inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame for
Lifetime Achievement. She is currently directing M. Butterfly
on Broadway, opening Fall 2017.

OPRAH WINFREY is a renowned award-winning producer, actress, talk
show host, and philanthropist. For 25 years she was the host of the
award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ran for 25
seasons on hundreds of stations domestically and in more than 100
countries around the world. Oprah is also an Academy Award®-nominated
actress for her role in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 hit The Color Purple.
In 1998, she starred in Beloved for Disney’s Touchstone Pictures,
a film that she also produced. Oprah also produced and starred in ABC’s
1989 limited series The Women of Brewster Place, and would go on
to produce many films for ABC, including Tuesdays with Morrie, Before
Women Had Wings,
and Their Eyes Were Watching God under the
“Oprah Winfrey Presents” banner. She performed as Eudora in Disney’s The
Princess and the Frog
in 2009 and will co-star as Mrs. Which in
Disney’s 2018 film A Wrinkle in Time.

Honorees receive a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that
signifies the imagination, creativity, and magic they have brought to
the Company. Disney Legends Award recipients will also participate in a
handprint ceremony at the end of the event, and their bronzed prints
will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the Company’s Burbank

Admission to the ceremony will be on a first-come, first-served basis
and is included in the price of a ticket to D23 Expo 2017.

Including this year’s honorees, a total of 276 Disney Legends have been
named. Past Disney Legends include Tim Allen, Julie Andrews, Beatrice
Arthur, Howard Ashman, Regis Philbin, Annette Funicello, Peter Jennings,
Johnny Depp, Estelle Getty, George Lucas, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin,
Rue McClanahan, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Sir Tim Rice,
Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters, Betty White, and Robin Williams.
Beginning with the inaugural D23 Expo in 2009, thousands of Disney fans
have been able to enjoy the Legends Awards ceremony live.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult
admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney
Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and
$53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more
information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit

About D23 Expo 2017

D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of
Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions,
experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event
provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television,
games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2017 news,
Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23
Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook,
Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923
when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first
official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its
members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing
them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney
; a rich website at
with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special
events for D23 Members throughout the year.

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