Los Angeles, October 14 (IANS) Ruthie Tompson, who began her career at Walt Disney Studios as a painter in the ink and paint department during the first golden age of Disney animation, is no more. She died 111 years old.
Tompson died peacefully in his sleep at his home in the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Woodland Hills, California, Sunday, reports variety.com.
Tompson worked for The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years and retired in 1975 after completing work on ‘The Rescuers’ (1977).
In addition, she was one of the first three women to be invited to join the International Photographers Union, Local 659 of IATSE, in 1952. In 2000, Tompson was named the longest-serving employee of Walt and Roy O. Disney. to Disney Legend, the prestigious honor awarded to individuals in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to The Walt Disney Company.
Born in Portland, Maine, on July 22, 1910, Tompson grew up in Boston, Massachusetts.
Her family moved to California in 1918 and first arrived in Oakland on November 11, Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I.
Tompson’s affiliation with Disney began before she was a student, after growing up in Hollywood, a short distance from Disney Bros. Cartoon Studio.
At the age of 18, she took a job at Dubrock’s Riding Academy in the San Fernando Valley, where Walt and Roy often played polo.
Walt offered Tompson a job as a painter in the ink and paint department, where she helped put the finishing touches on the studio’s first full-length animated feature in 1937 ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’.
Tompson was soon promoted to final checker and stage planning as she was skilled at reviewing animation cells and guiding camera movements and also worked on Disney features ‘Pinocchio’, ‘Fantasia’, ‘Dumbo’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Mary Poppins’ , ‘Aristocats’ and ‘Robin Hood’.
Last year, Tompson shared a few words with D23 to mark his 110th birthday. “Have fun,” she said.
“Try to do as much as possible for yourself. Remember all the good things in life. ”
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