August 17, 2009

Walt Disney’s first star, Virginia Davis of Kansas City, dies at 90

In the spring of 1923 Disney, then 21 and the struggling owner of Laugh-O-gram Studio at 31st and Forest, saw Virginia Davis in an ad playing at a local movie theater. He asked the 4-year-old to star in “Alice’s Wonderland,” performing in a hand-drawn world populated by cartoon characters.

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