Lillian Disney

Lillian Disney
Disney in 1951
Lillian Marie Bounds

(1899-02-15)February 15, 1899
DiedDecember 16, 1997(1997-12-16) (aged 98)
West Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Burial placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Ink and paint artist
Years active1924–1997
(m. 1925; died 1966)
John L. Truyens
(m. 1969; died 1981)
Children2, including Diane Disney Miller
RelativesSee Disney family

Lillian Marie Disney (née Bounds; February 15, 1899 – December 16, 1997) was an American ink artist at the Disney Studios and the wife of Walt Disney from 1925 until his death in 1966. Born in Spalding, Idaho, Disney graduated from high school in Lapwai before moving to Lewiston to attend college. She left Idaho in 1923 to move to southern California, where she would meet future husband Walt while working as a secretary at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Lillian and Walt married on July 13, 1925, and had two daughters, Diane Marie Disney (1933–2013), their only biological child, and Sharon Mae Disney (1936–1993), who was adopted. Lillian and Walt had ten grandchildren, including seven by Diane and three by Sharon. During a train ride in 1928, Walt revealed to his wife a new animated character, whom he called "Mortimer Mouse". Lillian suggested that he rename his character "Mickey Mouse", a name which has since become synonymous with the Disney brand.

Walt Disney died from lung cancer on December 15, 1966, after which Lillian remarried John L. Truyens (a Southern California real estate developer) from 1969 until his death in 1981. On December 15, 1997, Lillian Disney suffered a stroke and died the following morning in Los Angeles at age 98.

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