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Disney honors Walters, Gifford

  |   Oct. 15, 2008 at 9:28 PM
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BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The Walt Disney Co. says it has named 11 new "legends" -- people whose work has made a significant and lasting impact on the entertainment company's legacy.

A ceremony took place at the Disney Legends Plaza in Burbank, Calif., and was presided over by Bob Iger, Disney's president and chief executive officer.

Among the honorees were longtime television newswoman Barbara Walters, sports broadcaster Frank Gifford, and Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor, who provide the voices of Disney's top animated stars Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

"Each year, the legends ceremony represents a wonderful opportunity to remember, celebrate and honor some of the men and women who have contributed their extraordinary talents to The Walt Disney Co.'s great legacy," Iger said in a statement. "Collectively, this group has enchanted millions, young and old around the world, and it is a privilege to pay tribute to them today."

Also honored were Bob Booth, Dorothea Redmond and Neil Gallagher -- Disney "Imagineers," who develop ideas and attractions for Disney parks; Toshio Kagami, representative director, chairman and chief executive of the Oriental Land Co.; animators Burny Mattinson and Walt Peregoy; and musician Oliver Wallace.

Honorees each received a 2-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends Award sculpture.

Topics: Bob Iger
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