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Name  Diane Miller

Role  Walt Disney's daughter
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Full Name  Diane Marie Disney
Born  December 18, 1933 (1933-12-18) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death  Complications from a fall
Resting place  Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Died  November 19, 2013, Napa, California, United States
Spouse  Ron W. Miller (m. 1954–2013)
Parents  Walt Disney, Lillian Disney
Children  Joanna Miller, Christopher D. Miller, Jennifer Miller-Goff
Cousins  Roy E. Disney, Marjorie Sewell
Similar People  Walt Disney, Lillian Disney, Ron W Miller, Roy E Disney, Roy O Disney

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Diane Marie Disney Miller (December 18, 1933 – November 19, 2013) was the oldest and only biological child of Walt Disney and his wife Lillian Bounds Disney.

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Disney legacy

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Miller published a series of eight pieces for the Saturday Evening Post in 1956 titled "My Dad, Walt Disney", co-written with Pete Martin. In 1957 she published the book The Story of Walt Disney. After her husband was removed from his executive position at Walt Disney Productions in 1984, Miller began to limit her involvement with the company.

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Miller was instrumental in pushing ahead with the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The project was initiated with a $50 million gift from her mother in 1988, but was stalled for a time due to cost negotiations. Miller ensured the original design by Frank Gehry went ahead, and the hall finally opened in 2004.

Miller was present at the Disneyland 50th birthday celebration on July 17, 2005, where she read her father's original dedication of the theme park from 50 years prior. She was directly involved in organizing development of the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco, which opened in October 2009.

Personal life

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When she was 20 years old, Disney and then-USC Trojans football player Ron Miller were introduced on a blind date. After a period of dating, the couple were married in a small church wedding on May 9, 1954. Their first child, Christopher, was born in December of the same year. The couple would go on to have six more children: Joanna (b. 1956), Tamara (later Scheer; b. 1957), Jennifer (later Miller-Goff; b. 1960), Walter Elias Disney Miller (b. 1961), Ronald (b. 1963), and Patrick (b. 1967).

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Five months after their wedding, Miller's husband was drafted into the U.S. Army. Following his army service, Miller played a season as tight end with the Los Angeles Rams.

In the early 1970s, the Millers purchased a vineyard in Napa Valley. Their intention was to upgrade the property, replant premium varietals, install new trellising and frost protection, but not to build or run a winery. Miller and her husband decided to construct their own winery in 1980. Beginning in 1981, they operated Silverado Vineyards Winery on a tract of their Napa property.

Diane Disney Miller died on November 19, 2013, at age 79 from medical complications that developed after a fall. She is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, where her father's ashes are also located.

The film Saving Mr. Banks is dedicated to her memory (Disney Miller died shortly before it opened theatrically).

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