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Suzie Lagerstedt

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Walter Elias Disney Major Life Events Born December 5, 1901, in Chicago IL One of five kids Dropped out of high school at age 16 Worked as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in WWI. His ambulance was covered in paintings of his cartoons instead of the normal camoflauge Worked with Ub Iwerks, who stole his character Oswald the Duck Had to file for bankruptcyMade a series of seven minute shows called the Alice comedies Started business as an animator with his brother Roy- Walt had $40, Roy had $250, and they got a loan for $500. They used this money to start their company Married Lillian Bounds, one of his first employees Had two daughters, Diane and Sharon Died December 15, 1966, in Los Angeles, CA Accomplishments, results and influences Won 22 Oscars and got 59 academy award nominations One of his first works was a show entitled Steamboat Willie. It was one of the first shows to fully combine sound and animation. It premiered in November of 1928. Made the first feature length animated movie ever, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs made $1,499,000 in the middle of the Great Depression Made Made Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland Made propaganda, health and training films to be viewed by the armed forces during WWII Mary Poppins, was an enormous hit. It was one of the first movies to combine live action with animation 81 features were produced by Walt Disneys company during his life Started Disneyland Designed the Epcot center and Disney World Inspired children worldwide Leadership style A large portion of Walt Disneys leadership was through inspiration and example. He inspired the American public at a difficult time historically. He brought together planning and art to create innovative and exciting new entertainment. Somehow, Walt Disney was able to capture the imagination of the world and convince us all to wish upon a star. I admire his determination and the incredible products he was able to create. Disney was an incredible leader and a great example of the American dream come true. References Disney Archives-Walt Disney Biography http://disney.go.com/vault/read/walt/waltbio_p3.html Encyclopedia Britannica http://www.biography.com/articles/Walt-Disney-9275533?part=3 Internet movie database, awards http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000370/awards