Diane Disney Miller, daughter of renowned animator Walt Disney, died on Tuesday at the age of 79 as a result of complications from a fall she suffered in September. She is survived by her husband Ron Miller and her seven children.
A noted philanthropist, Miller was instrumental in the construction of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, a $50 million gift to the city that was designed by world-famous architect Frank Gehry.
Between 1980 – 1984, Disney Miller was the chief executive of the Disney company. In addition to her involvement in her father’s business, Disney Miller also operated the Silverado Vineyards Winery in Napa Valley.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Diane Disney Miller and our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time,”; said Robert Iger, the current president of the Walt Disney Company. “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 Company and in the hearts of fans everywhere.”;