Ruthie Thompson, who began her career at the Walt Disney Studios as a painter in the ink and paint department during the first golden age of Disney animation, died peacefully in her sleep at her home in the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Woodland Hills, Calif. . On sunday. He was 111 years old.
Thomson worked for the Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years, retiring in 1975 after finishing work on “The Rescuers” (1977). In addition, she was one of the first three women to be invited to join the International Photographers Union, IATSE’s Local 659 in 1952. Legendary, the prestigious honor bestowed on individuals in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to The Walt Disney Company.
Born July 22, 1910 in Portland, Maine, Thomson grew up in Boston, Mass. His family moved to California in 1918, first arriving in Auckland on November 11, Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I. The relationship with Disney began before Thomson became a studio employee, he grew up in Hollywood, a bit away from the Disney Brothers cartoon studio. At the age of 18, he took a job at the Riding Academy in Dubois, San Fernando Valley, where Walt and Roy often played polo. Walt offered Thompson a job as a painter in the ink and paint department, where he helped finalize the studio’s first full-length animated feature, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937). Thompson was soon promoted to final examiner and scene planner because he was proficient in animation cell review and camera movement management and featured Disney “Pinocchio” (1940), “Fantasia” (1940), “Dumbo” (1941), “Sleeping Beauty” (1959). , “Mary Poppins” (1964), “The Aristocrats” (1970) and “Robin Hood” (1973).
Disney and the Los Angeles Dodgers – lifelong fans of two things – Thompson shared some words with D23 on the occasion of his 110th birthday last year. “Have fun,” he said. “Try to do as much as you can for yourself. Remember all the good things in life.”