Julie Taymor Has Been Named a 2017 Disney Legend

News   Julie Taymor Has Been Named a 2017 Disney Legend
The Tony winner is among the nine artists honored in the awards' 30th anniversary year.
Julie Taymor
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Disney Legends celebrates its 30th anniversary honoring artists deemed legendary through their annual D23 Expo event. This year’s ceremony inducts nine 2017 Disney Legend artists; among them is The Lion King Tony Award winner Julie Taymor.

The Tony, Emmy and Grammy-winning director has dabbled both on Broadway and the big screen, but perhaps is most known for her work on The Lion King. In 1998, the musical won her Tonys for direction and costume design.

Taymor's additional Broadway credits including Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and The Green Bird. She has directed such films as Across the Universe, Titus, The Tempest, and Frida, the later of which also brought her an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.

Other inducted legends of note include the late Carrie Fisher, Oprah Winfrey, and Mark Hamill. Fisher, who is primarily known as Star Wars' Princess Leia, also appeared on Broadway in shows such as her autobiographical solo show Wishful Drinking and Agnes of God. Winfrey won a Tony as an executive producer on the recent Broadway revival of The Color Purple (she also produced the original production). Hamill, along with starring alongside Fisher in Star Wars, has multiple Broadway credits ranging from The Elephant Man to Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.

D23, the official Disney fan club, is in honor of 1923—the year Walt Disney left Kansas City to start Disney Studios in Hollywood. The Expo is Disney’s annual fan event located at the Anaheim Convention Center, CA. The Disney Legends ceremony is a fan favorite and in the past has inducted Broadway legends such as Julie Andrews, Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke.

For a complete list of this year's honorees, click here.


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