Patricia A. Disney
Philanthropist, ex-wife of Walt Disney's nephew Roy
Alzheimer's disease, her family announced.
She was the vice chairman of Shamrock Holdings Inc., the investment company for the Roy E. Disney family.
Patricia married Roy, Walt Disney's nephew, in 1955, and they had four children, who survive her. After the couple divorced in 2007, he remarried in 2008 and died at 79 in 2009.
"We will always remember her irrepressible spirit and dedication to our company," Robert Iger, chief executive of the Walt Disney Co., said in a statement. "Patty was known for her kindness, outgoing nature, and especially for her philanthropy."
Her philanthropic endeavors included donating $5 million to help establish the REDCAT theater at Disney Hall and $10 million to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank to create the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center.
Born Patricia Dailey on Jan. 11, 1935, in New Orleans, she moved to Toluca Lake when she was 6. She spent a year at the University of Colorado in Boulder and worked in advertising in New York before marrying Roy, the only child of Walt's brother, Roy O. Disney.
At home, she had long served as her husband's "gatekeeper," he once said, and despite the family's wealth, maintained an outwardly unpretentious lifestyle. One main indulgence was a castle in Ireland, which was her "refuge from the world," according to a memorial website.
Producer of noted documentary also worked on 'Peanuts' shows
Warren Lockhart, 71, a producer who shared an Academy Award for the 1977 documentary "Who Are the DeBolts? (And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?)," died Jan. 19 at his Culver City office after suffering a stroke, his family announced.
John Korty, Dan McCann and Lockhart produced the documentary film that told the story of the DeBolts, a San Francisco Bay Area couple who adopted children who had been considered "unadoptable" because of their physical or emotional disabilities.
Most of Lockhart's film, television and theatrical projects focused on family themes, including several productions featuring cartoonist Charles M. Schulz's "Peanuts" characters.
Born Oct. 20, 1940, in Los Angeles, Lockhart was the son and grandson of studio sound technicians, his family said. After attending UC Berkeley, he went to work for United Airlines in management marketing and arranging travel logistics for entertainment companies, including the Ice Follies. He was later hired by the Ice Follies and approached Schulz about incorporating his cartoon characters into the ice skating shows.
Schulz agreed, and in the early 1970s Lockhart became a business representative for the cartoonist as president of Charles Schulz Creative Associates.
He helped market and distribute "Peanuts" merchandise and produce entertainment projects. He is credited as an associate producer of the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," which opened on Broadway in 1971; as a writer on the musical sequel "Snoopy," which toured extensively; and as a producer on various "Peanuts" TV movies.
Lockhart shared a Daytime Emmy Award in 1976 with Lee Mendelson for "Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown." He also shared nominations for two prime-time Emmys in the '70s, for a TV movie adaptation of the DeBolts' story and a Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "The Borrowers" children's tale.
PASSINGS: Patricia A. Disney, Warren Lockhart, Charla Krupp, King Stitt, Joaquin Martinez
Patricia A. Disney, philanthropist and ex-wife of Walt Disney's nephew Roy, dies at 77; Warren Lockhart, producer of noted documentary who also worked on 'Peanuts' shows, dies at 71; Charla Krupp, author of 'How Not to Look Old,' dies at 58; King Stitt, pioneer of rap reggae, dies at 72; Joaquin Martinez, character actor known for western roles, dies at 81
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