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Artist Mary Blair honored by Google on centennial birthday

October 21, 2011 | 11:24 am


Artist Mary Blair, who is best known for animation work for the Walt Disney Co., has been honored by Google on what would have been her 100th birthday. Google created a homepage doodle on Friday in the style of Blair's illustrations.

On Thursday, Blair's legacy was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a lecture titled "Mary Blair's World of Color — A Centennial Tribute." Panelists included Pete Docter, who directed the movies "Up" and "Monsters, Inc."; Eric Goldberg, a supervising animator for "Aladdin" and director of "Pocahontas"; as well as several other animators.

Blair attended the Chouinard Art Institute in L.A. and subsequently worked as an animator on such Disney classics as "Cinderella," "Peter Pan" and "Alice in Wonderland."

Her career outside of animation included illustrations for books and commercial graphic design.

Blair created murals that have adorned the Disney World amusement park in Orlando. She also contributed work to the "It's a Small World" ride at the theme park.

Blair died in 1978 at age 66.


Classic Hollywood: A colorful tribute to Disney's Mary Blair

-- David Ng

Photo credit: Google