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What Made Dorothea Lange an Iconic Photographer and Who was she?

Hi everyone, todays post is about, yes you guessed it Dorothea Lange. This month is photography month and yesterday was her birthday, I thought why not combine the two.

I must admit my favourite photographer is my own daughter, yeah you may say that I am bias being her mum, but whatever she turns her hand to she attacks it with finesse and creativity. Anyway on with my blog!

Biography

Who Was Dorothea Lange?

It was through the Great Depression that Dorothea Lange photographed men, woman and children capturing the very essence of a time when unemployment was at its peak, and where men would wander the streets. This was the time when her most famous photographs of migrant workers had featured the words of the workers themselves, It was not long after that she held her first exhibition which would pave the way and earn her a reputation as a skilled documentary photographer.

Lange was an incredible photographer, who had an unbelievable amount of talent, she could capture the raw and unfiltered emotions of any subject she captured. The photographs would steal your breath away, and just simply draw you in to every situation.

The Early Years

Born Dorothea Nutzhorn on 26 May 1895, in Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S. to second-generation German Immigrants Johanna Lange a homemaker, and Heinrich Nutzhorn a lawyer. Dorothea was an accomplished American documentary photographer and photojournalist that included portraits, and those of displaced farmers during the great depression. She is one of the preeminent and pioneering documentary photographers to come out of the twentieth century.

By the time she reached 7, Lange contracted polio, which impacted her life dramatically, it left her right leg and foot noticeably weaker than her left one, which resulted in a limp. Later in life she would learn to appreciate what happened to her in that period of her life and look upon it as the most important thing that had happened to her, she once said that it “formed me, guided me, helped me, instructed me, and humiliated me.”

By the time she had reached her teens her parents divorced, it was her second severe trauma to hit her through her childhood. Her father’s abandonment affected Dorothea that much, she dropped his last name and assumed her mother’s maiden name Lange and made it her own.

Throughout her life, art and literature were a big part of her upbringing. Her parents were not only advocating for her education, but it meant that she was more in tuned to her creative side, bringing out her creativity through her works that would fill up her childhood.

After high school, she went on to attend the New York Training School for Teachers. Lange who had never showed any interests on the academic side, went on to pursue photography as a profession after working in a New York City photo studio, a decision that would change her life in every way. Lange went on to study the arts form at Columbia University, and over the next several years she would gain a wealth of knowledge and learn everything she could from several different photographers, such as Arnold Genthe a portrait photographer.

By the time 1918 came around, Lange was running a phenomenally successful portrait studio in San Francisco, with her husband muralist Maynard Dixon and had two sons, her life now had returned to her middle-class roots she had known has a child.

Interesting Facts

  • Dorothea Lange was born on 26 May 1895 in Hoboken, New Jersey,
  • Her father, Heinrich Nutzhorn, was a lawyer, and her mother, Johanna, stayed at home to raise Dorothea and her brother, Martin.
  • At the age of seven, she contracted polio, which left her with a permanently disfigured right leg and foot, which left her partially paralyzed, and led her to walk with a limp for the rest of her life.
  • Lange was an American documentary photographer, whose work shed a light on the plight of American citizens during some of the darkest eras of U.S. history.
  • In 1918 she decided to travel around the world, earning money as she went, selling her photographs. Lange money ran out by the time she got to San Francisco, so she settled there and obtained a job in a photography studio.
  • Lange’s work White Angel Breadline, San Francisco 1933 was the first in a series that focused on the effects of economic decline on working-class individuals and families.
  • First husband Maynard Dixon was an American artist (whose body of work, focused on the American West). they married in 1920, and went on to had two sons Daniel and John.
  • The Migrant Mother, Lange’s single most iconic photograph, caused a falling out between Dorothea and the chief of Farm Security Administration’s photographic project Roy Stryker when she retouched the negative sometime around 1939.
  • She co-founded Aperture, a small publishing house that produces a periodical and high-end photography books.
  • Lange studied photography at Columbia University in New York City under Clarence H. White, a member of the Photo-Secession group.
  • She was instrumental in organizing Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) famous “Family of Man” exhibition in 1955.
  • Lange sent a letter to her fellow photographers all around the world, to show “Man to Man” across the world, to the show dreams, aspirations, strength, and despair that is going on around the world.
  • Lange married second husband Paul Schuster Taylor in 1935, they were together until her death
  • Until 1935, Lange ran her own successful portrait studio in downtown San Francisco, a hugely successful business where she photographed the bourgeois and bohemian elite of the Bay Area.
  • Lange started her career as a documentary photographer at the age of 40.
  • In 1944, Ansel Adams and Lange worked together on a photo series in the wartime shipyards of Richmond, California, on assignment from Fortune magazine, and in 1953 they produced a photo-essay on three Mormon towns in Utah together for LIFE Magazine.
  • She was the first woman to be hired as a photographer by the Resettlement Administration (later Farm Security Administration) in 1935.
  • Lange was hired by the Office of War Information (OWI) to photograph the internment of Japanese Americans.
  • Her photographs influenced John Steinbeck, he was deeply affected by Lange’s photographs of the migrants of the Great Depression when completing his seminal novel, The Grapes of Wrath.
  • Dorothea Lange and fellow photographer Ansel Adams had a lifelong friendship that started when the two first met in San Francisco in the 1920s, collaborating on photographic projects on several occasions,
  • She closely worked with Edward Steichen on the preparation of the exhibition and publication on The Family of Man exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York,
  • In 1939 she published a collection of her photographs in the book An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion. Her second husband, economist Paul Taylor, provided the text.
  • Lange battled increasing health problems over the last two decades of her life, but still managed to stay active.
  • She was the first woman to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography in 1941, and to be offered a one-person retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, following in the footsteps of Walker Evans, Paul Strand, Edward Weston and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
  • Dorothea Lange was an environmentalist campaigner.
  • Inspired by a book titled The Irish Countryman, by Conrad M Arensberg Lange made a photo series in Ireland, she persuaded the editors of LIFE to commission her and her son Daniel Dixon, a writer, to create an in-depth study of rural life in Ireland in 1954.
  • Dorothea Lange passed away from oesophageal cancer on October 11, 1965, San Francisco, California.
  • Lange was admitted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2003 and the California Hall of Fame 2008 after her death.

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Jennifer Aniston

 Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping your spirits up. I first off want to apologise for my post being late. This is the second time I have written this out, as my computer decided to shut down on me and I lost everything that I had done, Anyway on with today’s post.

Today is a day in which we celebrate Jennifer Aniston birthday as she turns 52 today. She is not only an amazing actress but she is also a film producer, a businesswoman and philanthropist. Born into a family of actors, she decided to follow her parent’s footsteps early in life and trained herself accordingly. However, regardless of her best efforts, success had not come for six exceptionally long years.

Her career really took off when she got the part of Rachel Green in the extremely popular television sitcom ‘Friends’ and it was then that she started to make her mark. Thanks to her portrayal of Rachel, she became so popular that she was known as The Rachel. Even though it made her so well known, she, unfortunately, became typecast. It was not until she played an unglamorous cashier in the ‘Good Girl’ that set her free from her stereotype image. It was not long before work started pouring in for her, and she began playing many lead roles that went on to become major hits. In addition to that, she appeared in many commercials and successful music videos. She had also signed a contract with Elizabeth Arden Inc, and worked there for more than a year to launch a new perfume called ‘Jennifer Aniston’, she also has two other perfumes to add to her credits ‘J’ and ‘Near Dusk’. Aniston fights for equal rights for the LGBT.

Jennifer Aniston and her dad John Aniston

The Early Years

Jennifer was born Jennifer Joanna Anastassakis on February 11, 1969, in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles to parents John Aniston and Nancy Dow. She spent the first part of her childhood in Eddystone, Pennsylvania, where the family shared a three-bedroom house with her grandmother. It was there she begun her education in an elementary school. Later the family moved to New York City.

She went on to Waldorf School at six years where they would discourage you from watching television, so she would go to the theatre instead. Three years later her parents separated. Her dad went on to marry someone else and had her half-brother Alexander Aniston. She instantly became the middle child as she also has an older half-brother John T. Melick from her mother’s side.

Jennifer first started acting at eleven while she was studying at Waldorf. She later enrolled at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and graduated from there.

Jennifer as a teenager

Her Career

In 1988, Jennifer started her acting career by working in Off-Broadway shows like ‘For Dear Life’ and ‘Dancing on Checker’s Grave’. However, she was not making much money out of her acting career, instead, she took on some side jobs to help support herself, taking on jobs such as telemarketer, waitress and bike messenger.

In 1989, she went on to appear on ‘The Howard Stern Show’, the American radio show hosted by Howard Stern. In the same year, she moved to Los Angeles, where her father used to stay. Not long after her move, she got a part in 1990’s ‘Molloy’ alongside The Big Bangs Mayim Bialik. It aired for just for one season. She then went on to do a television series named ‘Ferris Bueller’ starring with Charlie Schlatter again, that only lasted for a season.

Undeterred by this, she went on to act in another two-television series before finding fame on the television sitcom ‘Friends’ in 1994. Which lasted 10 seasons, it became a success, It catapulted her career, and she became a household name. It was then she had finally established herself firmly as an actress and has made several successful films.

Ever The Philanthropist

Jennifer is a well-known activist and philanthropist, she has been so generous with both her time and money as she has donated to several different philanthropic organizations, such as Project A.L.S., Feeding America, Doctors without Borders, AmeriCares, Friends of Al Faro, EB Medical Research Foundation, OmniPeace, and Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, Clothes Off Our Back, etc.

Jennifer has also helped with other causes like LGBT and has hosted shows like Stand Up for Cancer, and It Cannot Wait.

Facts

  • Her birth name is Jennifer Joanna Anastassakis. She later shortened her name to make it easier for people to remember it.
  • Both her parents are actors and encouraged her high school interest in drama. her father, John Aniston, is best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives. Her mother is Nancy Dow.
  • She has royal blood in her. Through her mother, Jennifer is a direct descendant of the royal House of Stuart of Scotland.
  • As a child, Aniston lived in Greece for a year with her family. They moved to Pennsylvania, then to New York City.
  • Aniston attended a Waldorf educational school in New York when she was six and harnessed her love for acting at age 11 at the school.
  • When she was 11, one of Jennifer’s paintings was placed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Aniston was bullied throughout her school life, as other kids decided to make fun of her. She was known as the class clown.
  • She went to school with Chaz Bono, and she would go to his house after school.
  • Jennifer had other jobs before becoming an actress, which she was not any good at, she worked as a bike messenger, and drove into an open car door. When she was a waitress, she accidentally dropped a few burgers on customers’ laps.
  • Aniston made her screen debut in the television series Molloy (1990), but her film career began in the horror film Leprechaun (1993). The horror flick was a bad experience for her and made her consider giving up her acting career.
  • She appeared in ‘Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ music video for the 1996 song “Walls.”
  • Her big break came when she was cast as Rachel Green in the NBC sitcom Friends. The hugely popular series made her a star and a household name.
  • Directors originally had other ideas about who would play who on the show “Friends,”. They had picked Courteney Cox to be Rachel and Jennifer Aniston to play Monica. The two actresses persuaded producers that they were better suited to play it the other way round. Aniston got the role after she was told by the producers to lose 30 pounds. Ouch!
  • Chris McMillan, who managed the ‘Friends’ star’s hair for more than a decade, admitted he was stoned when he cut Jennifer Aniston’s into the iconic “Rachel” haircut.
  • Her best friend is her Friends co-star Courteney Cox.
  • She won both a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award during her tenure on the show.
  • She went on to star in 238 episodes of the hit series, becoming one of the highest-paid actresses in a television show at $1 million per episode.
  • Jennifer offered to be Matthew Perry’s personal trainer in 2002 to help him lose weight.
  • She has a fear of flying – even though she must do it so often for her work.
  • Jennifer was once recognized by a fan when she was naked in a sauna.
  • Jen has been friends with Adam Sandler for an exceptionally long time, way before they became famous. Aniston was dating one of Sandler’s friends. They were two teenagers and met at Jerry’s Deli while hanging out with a group of other kids. They have been friends ever since.
  • Aniston and Sandler have appeared in two movies together, “Just Go With It” (2011) and Netflix’s “Murder Mystery” (2019).
Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston (best friends for life)
  • Jen met her former husband Brad Pitt on a blind date in 1998. The couple got married in 2000.
  • Jennifer is the first woman to win the GQ Man of the Year award. She shared the award with 50 Cent and Vince Vaughn in November 2005.
  • She stays in great shape by practising yoga. She filmed the introduction to her instructor’s 2009 Yogalosophy DVD.
  • The late actor Telly Savalas was her godfather.
  • Jen is 5′ 6″ (1.68 m) tall.
  • Aniston has dated actors Vince Vaughn, singer John Mayer and SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis following her divorce from Brad Pitt.
  • Her favourite colour is blue.
  • She began dating former husband Justin Theroux in 2011 and the couple got engaged in August 2012. Aniston and Theroux met while filming Wanderlust.
  • Jen and Justin threw away the traditional honeymoon of just the two of them, they decided to have a holiday with a group of friends, which included Jason Bateman, Courtney Cox, and Chelsea Handler. They wanted the partying to carry on.
  • Jennifer owns a Welsh corgi-terrier mix named Norman and a white German shepherd named Dolly.
  • Her birthday is February 11, 1969, and she shares it with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Burt Reynolds, Sheryl Crow, and Kelly Rowland.
  • She dislikes spicy foods also Greek, Chinese, and Indian food, but is very fond of Mexican food.
  • Jen has been the crush of many Hollywood actors, which included former husband Justin Theroux, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cole Sprouse, and John Mayer.
  • Her favourite movies include “Wuthering Heights” and “Fame.”
  • She is the godmother of Coco Riley Arquette, the daughter of Courteney Cox and David Arquette.
  • If Jennifer were not an actress, she has said that she would have been a therapist today.
  • She is widely known for her beautiful locks, but before all that, she used to keep a tiny pair of scissors in the glove compartment of her car so she could trim any split ends when she found them.
  • What does she dislike reading about herself? “Try that Jennifer Aniston diet.” There is no secret diet – she says she follows a healthy diet and exercises often.
  • She went through a goth phase in high school, as she wanted to be rebellious.
  • Her father, who has starred on Days of Our Lives since 1985, also discouraged his daughter from following in his footsteps. “He said, ‘I do not want your heartbroken. The rejection is brutal. He begged her not do it, and become a lawyer.”
  • When Jennifer Aniston was a young child, she was riding a tricycle around the swimming pool and ended up crashing it into the water. She was too scared to let go of the trike, so her brother had to help her out of the water. This caused her to be terrified of being underwater…and even now she has a hard time filming scenes in the water.
  • Jennifer has struggled with dyslexia which made reading difficult for her. Before she was diagnosed, she just thought she was not good at academics since she was not able to retain any of the information.  
  • Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman have been friends since there early 20’s. They have appeared in five movies together “The Break-Up” (2006), “The Switch” (2010), “Horrible Bosses” (2011), “Horrible Bosses 2” (2014), and “Office Christmas Party” (2016).
Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston BFF

Films I Like of Hers

Earliest to Latest

  • Picture Perfect (1997)
  • Bruce Almighty (2003)
  • Rumor Has It (2005)
  • The Break-Up (2006)
  • Marley and Me (2008)
  • He’s Not That Into You (2009)
  • The Bounty Hunter (2010)
  • The Switch (2010)
  • Just Go with It (2011)
  • Horrible Boss (2011)
  • Wanderlust (2012)
  • We’re the Millers (2013)
  • Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
  • Mother’s Day (2016)
  • Storks (2016)
  • Office Christmas Party (2016)
  • Murder Mystery (2019)

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Lewis Carroll

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing okay. It is times like this that you can reflect on what matters most in the world to you, family, friends and most important, to yourself is your sanity. These are crazy times that as befallen us all, so we must make the most of what we have and cherish it with all our hearts.

I would like to share with you on how I try to keep my sanity intact. I try to keep my mind busy whether its reorganising cupboards in every room in the house, enrolling on courses, to learn new things or further educate myself in certain subjects as well as writing my blog and my first fantasy novel. And of course, watching comedy films.

I am not immune to having my bad days, where I feel down and depressed, I have my moments where I sit down and have a good cry. I try to keep busy so that I do not have too many days like that. What may work for me, may not necessarily work for you, so I would suggest trying to find what will work for you to help you get through this by any means necessary. I have found that laughter has been a key factor for my family as it has got us through some of our darkest of days, it has been our saviour.

Anyway, on with my blog. Today’s post is about the wonderfully talented, and a great imaginative mind that is of Lewis Carroll.

Who was Lewis Carroll?

Who was Lewis Carroll you might ask, well he was a fiction writer, who loved to write and use his imagination to create games from when he was a child? By the age of 20, he received a studentship at Christ Church and was appointed as a lecturer in mathematics. Although he was extremely shy, he did enjoy creating stories for children. His all-time and most famous books included Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

Early Years

Best known by his pseudonym name, Lewis Carroll, he was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, to parents Frances Jane Lutwidge and Revered Charles Dodgson on 27 January 1832, in a village of Daresbury, Warrington, England. The eldest boy of eleven children, Carroll was adept at entertaining himself and his younger siblings.  His father, who was a clergyman raised them in the rectory. Carroll had a happy childhood. His mother was gentle and patient, and his father, regardless of his religious beliefs tutored every one of his children and taught them to be good people.

Even though during his years at Rugby School (1846-1849) were a particularly unhappy time, he was always recognised as a good student, Carroll excelled in mathematics and won many academic prizes. In 1850 he was admitted to study further at Christ Church, Oxford, England, and would graduate in 1854. He became a mathematical lecturer in 1855 at the college. This became a permanent appointment, which not only recognised his academic skills, but it also paid him a decent pay, that required Carroll to take holy orders in the Anglican Church and for him to remain unmarried. He agreed to these terms and then was made a deacon in 1861.

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll suffered severely from a bad stammer, but he vocally found his voice when he could speak fluently to children. The young children played a significant part in inspiring his best-known work. He loved to entertain children, and it was Alice, the daughter of Henry George Liddell, who can be credited with his pinnacle inspiration and overall achievement. Alice remembers spending many hours with Carroll, listening to his stories that told fantastic tales of dream worlds.

The story fell into the hands of novelist Henry Kingsley, who urged him to publish it. The book Alice in Wonderland was released in 1865. The book gained popularity at a steady pace, and as a result, Carroll began writing a sequel. Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1871). By the time of his death, Alice went on to become the most popular children’s book in England, and by 1932, it had become the most popular in the world.

20 Fascinating Facts About Lewis Carroll

  • Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, author of the children’s classics ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking-Glass.’
  • Lewis Carroll was one of eleven children, and whilst he was growing up, he would often spend his time playing literary games with his three brothers and seven sisters.
  • Lewis invented a way to write in the dark. Like a lot of writer’s, he was frustrated by losing great ideas that would come to him in the middle of the night, that is why in 1891 he invented the nyctograph. Carroll also considered it to be useful for the blind.
  • He invented the Carroll Diagram (which is sometimes known as the Lewis Carroll Square), a method of grouping data, which is still taught in math lessons today.
  • Carroll wrote numerous books including 11 books in mathematics, 12 literary fiction books, as well as poetry.
  • Carroll would have a very rough childhood. Not only did he suffer with a stutter from an early age, which lasted throughout his life, but a childhood fever also left him deaf in one ear, and a bout of whooping cough at 17 weakened his chest for the rest of his life. Whilst later in life he had developed debilitating, aura migraines that doctors at the time diagnosed him as having epilepsy.
  • Lewis Carroll suffered with ADHD.
  •  He was a big letter writer, sometimes he would correspond up to 2,000 times in one year, and he would occasionally write backwards, so the reader would have to hold it up to a mirror to decipher what was said.
  • He was very keen on drawing as a child.
  • He kept records of the letters he had sent and received, it recorded more than 98,000 letters
  • Carroll had his productivity down to a science, he could write 20 words in a minute, a page of 150 words in seven minutes, and 12 pages in two and a half hours.
  • He was an accomplished photographer, that started in his mid-20’s and would continue on for over two decades. Carroll had created more than 3000 photographs, that would include portraits of friends, children staged in costume and very notable figures (such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson), landscapes, and stills of skeletons, dolls, statues, paintings and so much more, he even considered making a living as a photographer in the 1850’s.
  • Even after all the success of Alice in Wonderland, and the only time he travelled was in 1867 on a road trip to Russia, and on the way back he stops in Poland, Germany, Belgium, and France,
  • In Christ Church College at Oxford, you can find a white rabbit and Alice holding a flamingo that is immortalized in its stained glass. This was where Lewis Carroll would spend most of his life.
  • Lewis Carroll had spelled out his inspiration for Alice in the last chapter of Through the Looking Glass, but throughout his life he had denied that Alice was based on a real-life person, but it was “a boat beneath a sunny sky,” poem it was at the end of Through the Looking Glass, is an acrostic which spells out Alice Pleasance Liddell.
  • Lewis Carroll would often take his friend Dean Liddell’s three daughters, for days out and on boat trips on the river. It was whilst on one of these trips on 4 July 1862, during the Independence celebrations that was going on across the pond that he first told the story that would go on to become Alice in Wonderland. The story was first published in 1865.
  • The Cheshire cat was inspired by cheese moulds from the Cheshire county in England, which was a dairy rich area, where “grinning like a Cheshire cat” was a popular phrase. Cheesemakers in the area would mould the cheese into a cat’s grinning face, and slice the cheese from the back, so that he would slowly disappear until the last part was consumed was the head.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been translated into more than 70 languages.
  • He became a deacon but never a priest. He was ordained as a deacon on 22, December 1861, but had to petition Dean Liddell to avoid becoming a priest.
  • He was born in Daresbury 1832, and died in Guildford from pneumonia in 1898.

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On This Day in Disney History

Hi everyone, I hope you are all staying well, and keeping safe too… I am one of those people that like to always keep myself busy, that way I can stay alert and sane especially in times like these. You need to make sure that you stay busy and active, not just your body, but your mind too, as like your body, your mind needs exercising, otherwise it will get lazy and sluggish. “An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body” George S. Patton Jnr.

Today’s post is about… On this day in Disney history. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Disney, let’s face it what’s not to love… So I wondered what could have happened in the world of Disney over the years on this day.

What Happened on This Day

1905:

Eleanor Audley, was the actress behind the voices of the evil Maleficent in Disney’s 1959 Sleeping Beauty, and Lady Tremaine in the 1950 Cinderella, was born in New York City. (On both films, animator Marc Davis created the characters’ facial features to resemble that of Audley). She also was the original voice of Madame Leota for the Haunted Mansion attraction. (Fans of the 1960s sitcom Green Acres may remember Audley for her role of Eunice, Oliver’s mother).

1906:

Imagineer and Disney Legend William Cottrell is born to English parents in South Bend, Indiana. His Disney credits include Pinocchio, The Reluctant Dragon, and Alice in Wonderland. Cottrell was the first president of what is today known as Walt Disney Imagineering! (He was also the brother-in-law of Lillian and Walt Disney).

“He (Cottrell) was a talented writer and helped shape how we referred to events and attractions at Disneyland. For instance, he encouraged us to quit using the term “ride” and to refer to attractions as an “experience,” which is exactly what they are – an experience.” -Imagineer John Hench

1919:

Character actor Alan Young was born Angus Young, in North Shields, Northumberland, England. He was the voice of Scrooge McDuck (a cartoon character created in 1947 by Carl Barks). For over 30 years. Young’s credits include “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Mickey’s Twice upon a Christmas,” “The House of Mouse,” “Duck-Tales,” and many Disney television shows and video games. Young also appeared in the 1978 -action feature “The Cat From Outer Space” as Dr. Wenger and voiced toy maker Hiram Flaversham for the 1986 “The Great Mouse Detective.” TV fans will always remember him best as Wilbur Post from the classic 1960s sitcom “Mister Ed”. Alan Young passed at age 96 in May 2016.

1932:

Disney’s Silly Symphony cartoon Babes in the Woods was loosely based on the “Hansel and Gretel” story & the nursery rhyme “Babes in the Woods” is released. Directed by Bert Gillett, two lost children chance upon a village of elves but meet an evil spooky witch! Babes in the Woods is the third Silly Symphony produced in color.

1941:

The Disney cartoon Thrifty Pigs (made for the National Film Board of Canada) is delivered.

1959:

Actress Allison Janney, the voice of Peach in Disney/Pixar’s 2003 Finding Nemo, is born in Dayton, Ohio. She also supplied the voice of Charlene Doofenshmirtz on Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb. (Janney is best known for her role as C. J. Cregg on the television series The West Wing).

1961:

The NBC-TV series Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color airs part 2 of “The Light in the Forest.”

1962:

Academy Award-winning actress, director & producer Jodie Foster is born in Los Angeles, California. She made her feature film debut in Disney’s 1972 Napoleon and Samantha, playing the role of Samantha. Foster’s other 1970s Disney live-action credits include Candleshoe as Casey, in the original version of Freaky Friday as Annabel Andrews and One Little Indian as Martha. In 2005, she starred in Touchstone’s psychological thriller mystery Flightplan. Foster’s first started acting in commercials at age 3, and her first significant role was in the 1976 film Taxi Driver

1966:

Actor Jason Scott Lee, the voice of David Kawena in Disney’s 2002 Lilo & Stitch, is born in Oahu, Hawaii.

1971:

Walt Disney World’s new Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, located at 4510 North Fort Wilderness Trail, opens in Florida. Built in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, adjacent to Bay Lake and Disneys’ River Country (a now-defunct water park), Fort Wilderness is designed with a rustic theme.

1978:

A 90-minute television show air’s on The Wonderful World of Disney to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 50th birthday. Guest appearances include Gerald Ford, Billy Graham, Lawrence Welk, Willie Nelson, Gene Kelly, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, Edgar Bergen, Jodie Foster, Goldie Hawn, Eva Gabor, Anne Bancroft, Jo Anne Worley, and Johnny Carson.

Animator, writer, director, and producer Daniel Chong was born in Fargo, North Dakota. Beginning his career as a storyboard artist for numerous animation studios including Walt Disney Animation and Pixar, his film credits include Bolt (2008), Cars 2 (2011), and Inside Out (2015) and the television specials Toy Story of Terror! (2013) and Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014).

1983:

Actor Adam Driver is born in San Diego, California. He gained recognition for playing Kylo Ren in the Star Wars sequel trilogy films The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017), and The Rise of Skywalker (2019). 

1987:

Ben Clopton, an artist best known for his work on Walt Disney and Harman-Ising animated cartoons, passes away in Montana. Hired by Walt Disney in February 1927, he began working under animator Ub Iwerks as an in-betweener. His first cartoon was Alice’s Three Bad Eggs, but later assisted Iwerks in drawing the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, Plane Crazy. In spring 1927 Clopton left the Disney studio.

1989:

The Parent Trap IV: Hawaiian Honeymoon, the third and last made-for-TV sequel of The Parent Trap, debuts. Hayley Mills reprises her role as both Susan and Sharon.

1990:

Disney World’s Beach Club Resort can be found at 1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd, is now open. This deluxe Disney property takes after a luxurious Victorian Cape Cod Resort and features Stormalong Bay an enormous swimming pool. Also debuting in the hotel is the Atlantic Wear and Wardrobe Emporium Shop.

1996:

Disney Online officially launches its Internet Disney Store.

1998:

VH1 airs Hollywood & Vinyl: Disney’s 101 Greatest Musical Moments – a look back at musical moments in the history of Disney animated feature films from the last 75 years.

2000:

The Wonderful World of Disney airs the movie Santa Who? Starring Leslie Nielsen, for the very first time.

The made-for-television fantasy-comedy centres on Santa Claus (Nielsen) developing a case of amnesia right before Christmas. The cast includes Steven Eckholdt, Robyn Lively, Max Morrow, Aron Tager, and Tommy Davidson. Thinking him to be a homeless man, a news reporter named Peter Albright (Eckholdt) gets amnesiac Santa a job as a department store Santa and tries to find his family. Directed by William Dear, Santa Who? is distributed in the U.S. by Buena Vista Television.

This film marks the second of what will be three times where Leslie Nielsen plays Santa Claus. He played Santa in the 1991 film “All I Want for Christmas.” He will later play the jolly old elf in an episode of the 2003 animated TV series “Chilly Beach.”

2004:

Disneyland’s A Christmas Fantasy Parade returns for the holiday season.

Santa Goofy and Chip ‘n’ Dale visit shoppers at New York City’s World of Disney store.

Comic-actor Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear and the star of The Santa Clause films and the ABC sitcom Home Improvement, receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Walt Disney Pictures releases National Treasure starring Nicholas Cage as a treasure hunter & historian on hot pursuit of a war chest hidden by the Founding Fathers after the American Revolutionary War. Directed by Jon Turteltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the films also stars Jon Voight, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Harvey Keitel, and Christopher Plummer. Cage plays Benjamin Franklin Gates, a historian and amateur cryptologist. National Treasure was filmed primarily in Washington, New York, Philadelphia and Utah. Most scenes were filmed on location, with the exceptions of the Independence Hall scene, which was filmed at a replica of Independence Hall at Knott’s Berry Farm.

2005:

The month-long Festival of the Seasons kicks off at the Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida.

Disney’s stage musical Aida begins previews in Munich, Germany at the Deutsches Theatre. It will officially open November 22.

2007:

The Disney feature Enchanted has its U.S. premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. In attendance are members of the cast including Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Earlier in the day, Dempsey and Adams visit MTV’s TRL, shot at MTV Studios in New York City’s Times Square.

2008:

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts breaks ground for its first family destination resort in Hawaii with a traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony on its 21-acre oceanfront property, located at the Ko Olina Resort & Marina development on the western side of O’ahu. Scheduled to open in 2011, plans include 350 hotel rooms and 480 Disney Vacation Club timeshare villas.

2011:

Disney Cruise Line kicks off its holiday season on this day with the first of three Thanksgiving voyages. All three ships (Magic, Wonder and Dream) will offer traditional Turkey Day activities with feasts and football games broadcast live on the outdoor jumbo screens by the pools. Mickey, Minnie and friends will also appear in their Thanksgiving attire.

Mickey, Minnie and Disney take part in the Festival of Lights parade on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The event, in its 20th year, brings out thousands of parade revellers to Michigan Avenue at Pioneer Court and kicks off the holiday shopping season.

Disney VoluntEARS celebrate National Family Volunteer Day by helping assemble 26,341 food boxes (421 tons of food) at the Orange County Food Bank (in California) for local seniors in need this holiday season.

2012:

Although scheduled for a grand debut on December 6, Magic Kingdom’s new Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World has a soft opening on this day.

2013:

At a special ceremony in Orlando, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announces the winners of the 20th Thea Awards, recognizing excellence in the creation of extraordinary visitor experiences, attractions, exhibits and places. This year, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts receives three awards:

Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland for Outstanding Achievement.  

  • Enchanted Tales with Belle, part of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, for Outstanding Achievement – Participatory Character Greeting.
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary at Disneyland park, receives the Thea Classic award.
  • Each of the winning projects will be recognized at the Thea Awards ceremony, a black-tie gala to be held April 5, 2014, at the Disneyland Hotel.

Diane Disney Miller, the elder and only biological daughter of Walt and Lillian Disney, passes away at the age of 79 at her home in Napa, California. Miller founded the Walt Disney

Family Museum, which opened in 2009 in San Francisco’s Presidio, as a tribute to her family’s legacy.

 “As the beloved daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for creating Disneyland, she holds a special place in the history of The Walt Disney Co. and in the hearts of fans everywhere.” – Disney CEO Robert A. Iger

Snow falls on Hollywood Boulevard as Disney premieres Frozen at the El Capitan Theatre, with guests carrying cups of hot chocolate past lit up pine trees, snow banks and ice sculptures. The animated musical revolves around princess Anna – Disney’s 12th princess, who must team with a mountain man and his sidekick reindeer to find her sister, the Snow Queen, and end an icy spell that has trapped a kingdom in an eternal winter. Frozen will debut November 27.

“Never Land Rescue” a DVD collection of Jake and the Never Land Pirates is released.It includes the episodes “Neverland Rescue” Full Length Adventure, “It’s a Pirate Picnic / The Key to Skull Rock,” “The Golden Twilight Treasure / Rock The Croc!,” “Jake and Sneaky Le Beak / Cubby the Brave,” and “Jake’s Special Delivery / Seahorse Saddle-Up!” Jake and the Never Land Pirates is a musical and interactive children’s animated television series shown on Disney Junior.

2016:

Moana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. the soundtrack to the 2016 Disney animated film Moana, is released by Walt Disney Records. It features songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’i, with lyrics in English, Samoan, Tokelauan, and Tuvalu. The two-disc deluxe edition includes the score, which was composed by Mancina, as well as demos, outtakes and instrumental karaoke tracks. 

2019:

Frozen stars Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame simultaneously. The unveiling takes place at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Argyle Ave, near the Pantages Theatre.

Disney+ is launched in Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico.

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