Monday, June 6, 2011


Was born in 1911, Oklahoma. She attended San Jose State College and won a scholarship to the renowned Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. She joined Disney in 1940 and worked briefly on art for Dumboand an early version of Lady and the Tramp. However, it wasn't until she traveled with Walt and Lillian Disney to South Africa on an artist's research tour that she really started her career with Disney. Mary did the concept art for Saludos Amigos and the Three Baballeros, with which mary was credited as the art supervisor. After that Mary went on to work as the concept artist and color stylist for Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Songs of the South, and Peter Pan. Mary left Disney after the completion of Peter Pan and worked as a freelance artist, illustrating for Golden Books. Her books included Baby's House, I Can Fly, and Little Golden Book of Verses. Mary was also the art designer forIt's a Small World and created the mural at the TomorrowlandPromenade. Blair was honored as a Disney Legend, one of the first women to be given the honor. Her amazing work continues to inspire a new generation of artist's today. She passed away in 1978.

Mary on the board's at Disney.

Mary, circa 1978

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