Diane Disney Miller Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Walt Disney’s oldest daughter, Diane Disney Miller. Diane was born to Walt and Lillian Disney in 1933. She passed away at the age of 79 from injuries sustained in … Continue reading

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Roy Disney Passes Away at Age 79

Today marks a very sad day: Roy E. Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, passed away at the age of 79 after fighting a year-long battle with stomach cancer. Roy made headlines in 2003 when he and Stanley Gold stepped down … Continue reading

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Ollie Johnston, Last of Disney’s “Nine Old Men”, Passes Away

Ollie Johnston, the last surviving member of Disney’s “Nine Old Men”, passed away Monday at age 95. He died of natural causes at a long-term care facility in Sequim, Washington. Besides being a Directing Animator for Song of the South, Ollie … Continue reading

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Jesse Cryor, Singing Voice of Brer Rabbit, Passes Away

I was recently contacted by Jesse Cryor’s granddaughter with the following sad news: “I’m sending this email out to let you know that my grandfather, Jesse Cryor passed away this Wednesday past (January 11, 2006). He was 99 years old … Continue reading

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Ruth Warrick, “Sally” in Song of the South, Passes Away

Very sadly, Ruth Warrick passed away on January 15 at the age of 88. She was the last known surviving actress fromSong of the South. Ruth Warrick’s film debut was in the 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane as Emily Norton Kane. She … Continue reading

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Peggy DeCastro, Vocalist in Song of the South, Passes Away

Peggy DeCastro, eldest of the Latina singing trio the DeCastro Sisters, known for the 1950s hit recording of “Teach Me Tonight,” passed away at the age of 82. DeCastro died March 6 in Las Vegas of lung cancer, said the … Continue reading

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Glenn Leedy, Toby in Song of the South, Passes Away

Glenn Leedy Allen, Sr., the talented individual who played Toby in Song of the South, has passed away on April 19, 2004 in Imperial Valley, CA at the age of 68. At age 7, while on the playground of the Booker … Continue reading

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Song of the South Writer Maurice Rapf Passes Away

Sadly, on April 15, Maurice Rapf passed away at the age of 88. Rapf, along with Dalton Reymond and Morton Grant, were the creators of Song of the South‘s screenplay. Rapf was a well-known screenwriter, co-founder of the Writer’s Guild of … Continue reading

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Bill Peet, Song of the South Writer, Passes Away

Today, sadly, Bill Peet passed away at age 87. Peet, along with Ralph Wright and George (Vernon) Stallings, wrote the cartoon storyline for Song of the South. Bill was one of the “Nine Old Men”. His other works included Dumbo, Cinderella, Alice … Continue reading

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Nick Stewart, Voice of Brer Bear, Passes Away

Best known for his contribution to Song of the South and Splash Mountain as the voice of Brer Bear, the surviving cast member “Lightnin’” of the Amos ‘N’ Andy Show, and the founder of the Ebony Showcase Theater, passed away … Continue reading

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