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November 20, 2013 | By David Ng
Diane Disney Miller, who died on Tuesday at 79, was famous for being the elder daughter of Walt Disney. In Los Angeles, she was also known as a formidable cultural presence who played a crucial role in the creation of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Miller died in Napa Calif., following a fall in September. Earlier that month, she spoke to the Los Angeles Times on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Disney Hall. The concert venue, designed by architect Frank Gehry, was funded with an initial $50-million gift from her mother, Lillian Disney.
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November 22, 2013 | By Richard S. Ginell
Austrian-born conductor Manfred Honeck took over the Pittsburgh Symphony in 2008 following a short-lived experiment with a troika of conductors -- and evidently they like him there, extending his contract through 2020. He has led the Los Angeles Philharmonic before, but not since 2000, so his appearance Thursday night was his debut in Walt Disney Concert Hall.  And it was a memorable debut, even an electric one -- in a general-issue all-Dvorák program, of all things. But first, fate dictated a last-minute prologue as Philharmonic President Deborah Borda and a surprise guest, Esa-Pekka Salonen, came onstage to eulogize Diane Disney Miller, who passed away on Tuesday.
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November 19, 2013 | By David Colker
Walt Disney's name is on Los Angeles' world-famous concert hall, but it was a far less-known Disney who came from behind the scenes to ensure that architect Frank Gehry's vision for the building stayed intact. Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's eldest daughter, had previously shunned the limelight along with other women in the family. "We were just three women, my mother, my sister and me," she said in a 2003 Los Angeles Times interview. "Housewives, if you will. " That's pretty much how the public knew her until 1997, when some of the city's most powerful figures came close to forcing out Gehry during a crucial planning phase of the hall.
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November 20, 2013 | By David Ng
Diane Disney Miller, who died on Tuesday at 79, was famous for being the elder daughter of Walt Disney. In Los Angeles, she was also known as a formidable cultural presence who played a crucial role in the creation of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Miller died in Napa Calif., following a fall in September. Earlier that month, she spoke to the Los Angeles Times on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Disney Hall. The concert venue, designed by architect Frank Gehry, was funded with an initial $50-million gift from her mother, Lillian Disney.
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November 19, 2013 | By David Colker
Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney and a philanthropist who bucked powers-that-be in Los Angeles to keep architect Frank Gehry on the job during a crucial phase of planning the city's new concert hall, has died. She was 79. Miller died Tuesday at her home in Napa, Calif., from complications of a fall in September, according to close family friend Richard Greene, who co-wrote a biography of her father. A resident of Napa and San Francisco since the mid-1980s, she chaired a Los Angeles gala in September commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Walt Disney Concert Hall's debut.
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September 20, 2013 | By Diane Haithman
These days, the building on Diane Disney Miller 's mind is San Francisco's Walt Disney Family Museum, opened in 2009. She bubbles with enthusiasm over this recent tribute to her father, Walt, housed in a former Army barracks building in the Presidio. Still, in a recent conversation, it was easy for Miller, 79, to hark back a decade to the opening of the L.A. structure that had dominated her life and architecture headlines around the world: Walt Disney Concert Hall, a project instigated by a $50-million gift from her mother, Lillian Disney.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2004 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
Walt Disney's sole surviving child broke her silence Tuesday on the growing furor surrounding the empire her father founded, saying Michael Eisner should resign soon as chief executive. "It's time to step down and let someone else come in for the future," Diane Disney Miller said in an interview. "New leadership is necessary. I think Michael Eisner did some great things for the company but there also are some not so great things."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1997 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once a quiet presence in the background, Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney, is expected to move to the helm of the downtown Walt Disney Concert Hall project. The project's leadership not only plans to accept her offer to use family money to protect the interests of the hall's architect, Frank O. Gehry, but also is naming her co-chair of a new project oversight board, The Times has learned. A formal announcement is expected today, according to a spokesman for the project.
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August 9, 1997 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Walt Disney's daughter, Diane Disney Miller, doesn't much care for the stress of leaving her family's peaceful winery here, Silverado Vineyards, to travel by car to San Francisco International Airport, then by plane to Los Angeles. "I think the L.A. commutes are worse than flying across the country because you never know whether the plane is going to take off or not," she exclaimed.
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October 19, 2003 | Diane Haithman, Diane Haithman is an arts writer for The Times' Calendar section.
On the eve of Disneyland's opening in 1955, Walt and Lillian Disney threw a bash at America's first theme park to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Guests sipped mint juleps on the Mark Twain riverboat, followed by a lavish dinner at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, complete with cancan dancers. Diane, their shy 21-year-old daughter, wore a "sort of bare" red linen dress that her mother had bought for the occasion. "I never saw my Dad happier, ever, ever, ever," Diane Disney Miller now says.
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November 19, 2013 | By David Colker
Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney and a philanthropist who bucked powers-that-be in Los Angeles to keep architect Frank Gehry on the job during a crucial phase of planning the city's new concert hall, has died. She was 79. Miller died Tuesday at her home in Napa, Calif., from complications of a fall in September, according to close family friend Richard Greene, who co-wrote a biography of her father. A resident of Napa and San Francisco since the mid-1980s, she chaired a Los Angeles gala in September commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Walt Disney Concert Hall's debut.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By David Colker
Walt Disney's name is on Los Angeles' world-famous concert hall, but it was a far less-known Disney who came from behind the scenes to ensure that architect Frank Gehry's vision for the building stayed intact. Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney's eldest daughter, had previously shunned the limelight along with other women in the family. "We were just three women, my mother, my sister and me," she said in a 2003 Los Angeles Times interview. "Housewives, if you will. " That's pretty much how the public knew her until 1997, when some of the city's most powerful figures came close to forcing out Gehry during a crucial planning phase of the hall.
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September 20, 2013 | By Diane Haithman
These days, the building on Diane Disney Miller 's mind is San Francisco's Walt Disney Family Museum, opened in 2009. She bubbles with enthusiasm over this recent tribute to her father, Walt, housed in a former Army barracks building in the Presidio. Still, in a recent conversation, it was easy for Miller, 79, to hark back a decade to the opening of the L.A. structure that had dominated her life and architecture headlines around the world: Walt Disney Concert Hall, a project instigated by a $50-million gift from her mother, Lillian Disney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Walt Disney's daughter said the nation lost a consummate professional and one of the loveliest people she has ever known with the death of Mouseketeer Annette Funicello. Funicello, the longtime Disney and beach movie star, passed away Monday at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield at the age of 70.  She died peacefully from complications due to multiple sclerosis, a disease she battled for a quarter-century. "Everyone who knew Annette loved and respected her. She was one of the loveliest people I've ever known, and was always so kind to everyone.
HOME & GARDEN
August 6, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney's onetime residence in Los Feliz, the wonderful world where his daughters grew up, has come on the market at $3.65 million. The two-story French Normandy-style house, built in 1932, sits behind gates on an acre with views to downtown. Disney, not one for retaining walls or formal gardens, according to a 1940 interview in Better Homes & Gardens, often picked native plants over imports and created informal terraces using rocks to hold back soil. The property, then an acre and a half, was home to foxes, quails, opossums and rabbits.
HOME & GARDEN
August 1, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney's onetime residence in Los Feliz, the wonderful world where his daughters grew up, has come on the market at $3.65 million. The two-story French Normandy-style house, built in 1932, sits behind gates on an acre with views to downtown. Disney, not one for retaining walls or formal gardens, according to a 1940 interview in Better Homes & Gardens, often picked native plants over imports and created informal terraces using rocks to hold back soil. The property, then an acre and a half, was home to foxes, quails, possums and rabbits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Walt Disney's daughter said the nation lost a consummate professional and one of the loveliest people she has ever known with the death of Mouseketeer Annette Funicello. Funicello, the longtime Disney and beach movie star, passed away Monday at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield at the age of 70.  She died peacefully from complications due to multiple sclerosis, a disease she battled for a quarter-century. "Everyone who knew Annette loved and respected her. She was one of the loveliest people I've ever known, and was always so kind to everyone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1995
Leaping into the fray surrounding Oliver Stone's "Nixon," the daughter of Walt Disney said she was ashamed that the company her father created is associated with a movie she labeled a "disturbing distortion of history." The comments by Diane Disney Miller are contained in a letter to Tricia Nixon Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower. It was released Tuesday, a day after the Nixon family publicly registered complaints about the film, which opens nationally today.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2004 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
Walt Disney's sole surviving child broke her silence Tuesday on the growing furor surrounding the empire her father founded, saying Michael Eisner should resign soon as chief executive. "It's time to step down and let someone else come in for the future," Diane Disney Miller said in an interview. "New leadership is necessary. I think Michael Eisner did some great things for the company but there also are some not so great things."
MAGAZINE
October 19, 2003 | Diane Haithman, Diane Haithman is an arts writer for The Times' Calendar section.
On the eve of Disneyland's opening in 1955, Walt and Lillian Disney threw a bash at America's first theme park to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Guests sipped mint juleps on the Mark Twain riverboat, followed by a lavish dinner at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, complete with cancan dancers. Diane, their shy 21-year-old daughter, wore a "sort of bare" red linen dress that her mother had bought for the occasion. "I never saw my Dad happier, ever, ever, ever," Diane Disney Miller now says.
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