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Ruthie Tompson Dies: Disney Animation Legend & Hollywood Trailblazer Was 111

Ruthie Tompson Dies: Disney Animation Legend & Hollywood Trailblazer Was 111

“Ruthie was a legend among animators, and her creative contributions to Disney — from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Rescuers —- remain beloved classics to this day,” Walt Disney Co Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Bob Iger said in a statement Monday. “While we will miss her smile and wonderful sense of humor, her exceptional work and pioneering spirit will forever be an inspiration to us all.”

Iger was speaking of Ruthie Tompson, who passed away on Sunday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Woodland Hills. She was 111 years old. The Disney icon’s relationship to the studio dates to its earliest days.

In her Disney Legend interview, Tompson said in the 1920s, she lived near the Disney Bros. Studio on Kingswell Avenue.

“Once Roy asked us neighborhood kids to play tag in the street, while he photographed us with a movie camera,” she said,

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