Carrie Fisher, Stan Lee & Whoopi Goldberg honoured as Disney Legends

16 July, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • The late actress and the comic book icon making his first public appearance since the death of his wife Joan were among those feted at D23

"She would be making me laugh and be off camera extending her middle finger - one of her favorite gestures". "I loved Walt Disney", Lee said, "he was more than a man, he was an inspiration".

Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, sent a tribute read by the company's chairman and CEO Bob Iger. "But, she would also want us to be having a good time and not be sad".

Fisher - who died at the age of 60 in December - and her co-star have been friends since they played twins Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker in the epic sci-fi saga, starting with "Star Wars Episode V: A New Hope" in 1977.

Earlier this year, Fisher was honored at Star Wars Celebration, an event which was attended by some of the most integral members of the Star Wars family. "I know if she were here this morning, she would've flipped me the bird at least twice this morning", he joked. The note read: "As far back as I can remember, my mom and I have been Disney fanatics". I wish I could be there to accept this award on her behalf, but unfortunately, I'm now working on American Horror Story.

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Goldberg's other honors include an Emmy as host of AMC's "Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel", a Daytime Emmy for hosting "The View", a Grammy for "Whoopi Goldberg", an Oscar for supporting actress for "Ghost" and a Tony as a producer of the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie".

Before the 11 honorees were recognized, Disney Legend Ruthie Tompson, who was "a legend among animators" before the creation of the Disney Legends award, was acknowledged in the crowd.

"I want people to start putting crows in the merchandise, because those crows sing the song in Dumbo everybody remembers", she said, referencing the tune "When I See an Elephant Fly". The announcement says by adding Disney Legend to her honors, she becomes the only "LEGOT" in the world.

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