Born in 1901, Walter Elias Disney, by his full name, was a man with an amazing imagination. He built his career from a fantasy world. Even today, The Walt Disney Company is the second largest multinational mass media corporation in the world with products such as movies, radio and television programs, but also themed parks and music. Below you can find some interesting facts about Walt Disney.
1. “Disney” is not his real name
Originally from a village located in France, Disney’s last name was “d’Isigny” and it is pronounced “Deez-nay”. When he became famous, the star changed his name into Disney.
2. Didn’t graduated from High School
Walt Disney studied at McKinley High School. At the age of 16 he decided to drop out of school. He went to create the Disney Empire and Walt won many honorary degrees from reputed universities such as Harvard and Yale.
3. Jobs before becoming famous
As a young boy, during World War I, Walt Disney delivered newspapers as a paper boy. After that he became an ambulance driver for the Red Cross and before opening his own company, he was a cartoonist at the Pesmen-Rubin Arts Studio.
4. A gift that brought tragedy
When Walt and Roy Disney began the Walt Disney Company, in 1992, they enjoyed a huge success. When they raised enough money, Walt and Roy bought their parents a house in Los Angeles. Elias and Flora Disney, their parents, didn’t know that the house had a faulty heating system and Flora Disney died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
5. Walt Disney Family Museum
To honor and preserve the life and the career of Walt Disney, a museum was founded in San Francisco. The Walt Disney Family Museum was first established in 2009. Exhibits display the achievements of Walt Disney, his awards, as well as the story of his life.
Walt Disney was a successful man, he won 32 Oscar Awards, more than anyone else, and he was nominated 64 times for such an award. He died in 1966. Which of the Walt Disney productions have you enjoyed most?
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