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    Diane Disney Miller has passed away

    It is with a very heavy heart that we have learned of the passing of Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's Daughter. She had been suffering the complications of a recent fall.


    Diane founded the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco to preserve and protect her father's legacy. She was a strong and family focused woman who left Los Angeles to start a new life in Napa Valley, where she ran Silverado Winery with her husband (and former CEO of the Disney Company) Ron Miller.

    Diane was beloved by many in the fan community for her protective stance on Walt Disney's legacy. There is no doubt that she was feared by executives at the Disney Company who might otherwise use her father's image as a character rather than as a symbol and standard of greatness and creativity. While there was a rift between Diane and the Disney Company resulting from Roy Disney's efforts to have her husband, Ron Miller, ousted as CEO of the Company, she was able (particularly in later years) to coexist with the company which bears her father's name.

    Diane's passing is a tremendous blow to the hearts of those who loved her and were loved by her. Rest in peace Diane, may you be reunited with your parents once more.




    The Walt Disney Family Museum has sent the following information:

    Diane Disney Miller (1933Ė2013)

    It is with deep sadness that The Walt Disney Family Museum must share that Diane Disney Miller has passed away. Diane died of complications from a fall.

    Diane was the eldest daughter of Walt and Lillian Disney, wife to Ron Miller, mother of seven children, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, and an inspiration to us all.

    Words cannot begin to express our sadness at Dianeís death. She was an extraordinary philanthropist and enthusiastic supporter of the arts. Diane carried on her fatherís legacy with dignity, grace, and devotion.

    While the family appreciates your thoughts and prayers, we kindly request that their privacy is respected at this time.

    In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations may be made to the memorial fund that The Walt Disney Family Museum has created in honor of Diane Disney Miller. Donations will support the museum's ongoing education efforts, exhibitions, and programs. Donations and cards can also be sent to the family through The Walt Disney Family Museum, attn: Director's Office; 104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129.

    Services will be private and the museum has not yet planned a public commemoration of Diane, but a possible program or event may be scheduled in the future.

    More information is available here.



    Silverado Winery made the following statement on their Facebook page:

    All of us at Silverado are deeply saddened by the loss of our Co-founder Diane Disney Miller. Diane passed away earlier today at home due to complications from a fall. Her tireless enthusiasm and energy inspired us all, and not a day goes by that we don't feel her special touch with things at the winery. She is greatly missed by us all, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Miller family during this time.

    Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, has made the following statement about Diane's passing:

    We are deeply saddened by the passing of Diane Disney Miller. She is remembered by Disney fans around the world as the beloved daughter of Walt Disney, and one who graciously shared her family history and personal memories of her father.


    Diane was a fierce guardian of her fatherís legacy who never hesitated to set the record straight, opening The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco to bring her fatherís fascinating story to life. In our many conversations over the years, Dianeís unique and special perspective about her father only deepened my considerable appreciation for him. Diane was incredibly generous in that regard, freely sharing her personal insights and providing details that deepened our knowledge, and we remain grateful for her many valuable contributions to our efforts to preserve Disney history. She and her sister, Sharon, have long been recognized as Waltís inspiration for Disneyland, a place he created for families to have fun together. For that reason and many others, Diane will always have a special place in our companyís legacy and in the hearts of fans.

    She was also known for her philanthropic efforts, including playing an integral role in the development of the renowned Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to ensure the creation of a unique venue bearing her fatherís name that she believed would be ďa wonderful thing for the city, for the spirit, for the soul.Ē

    Diane was the wife of former Disney CEO Ron Miller, as well as mother to their seven children, Christopher, Joanna, Tamara, Jennifer, Walter, Ronald and Patrick. She also had 13 grandchildren and had the great joy of recently welcoming her first great-grandchild into the world. We send our sincere condolences to the entire family and our thoughts remain with them during this difficult time.
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    Re: Diane Disney Miller has passed away

    Never had the pleasure of attending an event that Diane was at, but have very much enjoyed reading about her many contributions to the legacy of Walt and all who have created Disneyland. A proud Disney salute to all those that will continue to build upon the Happiest Place On Earth. Hope you, Diane, and Walt will be reunited with a joy unspeakable and full of glory!
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    Re: Diane Disney Miller has passed away

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    Re: Diane Disney Miller has passed away

    Very sad news. I was always hoping to run into her at the Disney Museum, but never did. I heard she would do impromptu talks about various exhibits and always hoped to catch one of them. May she rest in peace.
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    Re: Diane Disney Miller has passed away

    Just updated with information from the Walt Disney Family Museum.
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    Re: Diane Disney Miller has passed away

    And here's a statement from Silverado Winery:

    All of us at Silverado are deeply saddened by the loss of our Co-founder Diane Disney Miller. Diane passed away earlier today at home due to complications from a fall. Her tireless enthusiasm and energy inspired us all, and not a day goes by that we don't feel her special touch with things at the winery. She is greatly missed by us all, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Miller family during this time.
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    Re: Diane Disney Miller has passed away

    Such sad news. A great lady; many thanks for your tireless efforts to preserve Walt's legacy.

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    Re: Diane Disney Miller has passed away

    An end of an era.


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    Re: Diane Disney Miller has passed away

    I was fortunate to have met Diane several times over the years at the Disney museum, most recently a couple months ago. It was an honor each time. My prayers to her family. She will always be remembered.

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    Re: Diane Disney Miller has passed away

    Another great loss for all the Disney Fans. Truly sad news for all. God's blessings on all of her family and friends.

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    Re: Diane Disney Miller has passed away

    She was a very classy lady. She helped shepherd the existence of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles into reality, in addition to the Walt Disney Family Museum. She will be missed by the many people whose lives she touched.
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    Re: Diane Disney Miller has passed away

    I feel like I have lost a family member. The news of Diane Disney Miller's passing is a blow to her family and Disney fans all over the world.

    I was at the WDFM in June and ran into Diane with some of her children and had a few moments to thank her for her work with the museum. Someday I hope to experience the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

    Rest in peace, dear Diane.

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    Re: Diane Disney Miller has passed away

    I'm saddened by this news. She was truly a classy lady who held true to her father's legacy. I take solace in the idea that she is reunited with her dad once again.

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    Re: Diane Disney Miller has passed away

    may she R.I.P, we have lost a great lady within the disney world
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    Re: Diane Disney Miller has passed away

    Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, reflects on Diane's legacy:

    We are deeply saddened by the passing of Diane Disney Miller. She is remembered by Disney fans around the world as the beloved daughter of Walt Disney, and one who graciously shared her family history and personal memories of her father.


    Diane was a fierce guardian of her father’s legacy who never hesitated to set the record straight, opening The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco to bring her father’s fascinating story to life. In our many conversations over the years, Diane’s unique and special perspective about her father only deepened my considerable appreciation for him. Diane was incredibly generous in that regard, freely sharing her personal insights and providing details that deepened our knowledge, and we remain grateful for her many valuable contributions to our efforts to preserve Disney history. She and her sister, Sharon, have long been recognized as Walt’s inspiration for Disneyland, a place he created for families to have fun together. For that reason and many others, Diane will always have a special place in our company’s legacy and in the hearts of fans.

    She was also known for her philanthropic efforts, including playing an integral role in the development of the renowned Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to ensure the creation of a unique venue bearing her father’s name that she believed would be “a wonderful thing for the city, for the spirit, for the soul.”

    Diane was the wife of former Disney CEO Ron Miller, as well as mother to their seven children, Christopher, Joanna, Tamara, Jennifer, Walter, Ronald and Patrick. She also had 13 grandchildren and had the great joy of recently welcoming her first great-grandchild into the world. We send our sincere condolences to the entire family and our thoughts remain with them during this difficult time.
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