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Disney Animator Ann Sullivan Dies of Coronavirus at MPTF

The Motion Picture and Television Fund introduced on Monday that Ann Sullivan, a longtime animator for Walt Disney Studios, turned the third individual to die from coronavirus on the group’s nursing facility in Woodland Hills. She was 91.

Born in Fargo, North Dakota, and skilled on the Art Center, Sullivan first acquired a job at Disney within the animation paint lab within the 1950s earlier than leaving to begin a household of 4 youngsters. In 1973, she reentered the animation world with a job at Hanna-Barbera earlier than finally returning to Disney in time to work on ink and paint for a number of the most well-known movies of the Disney Renaissance, together with “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.” She remained on the studio till her retirement within the early 2000s, engaged on movies like “Lilo & Stitch” and even working in pc animation shortly earlier than retiring.

“We called her ‘Giggles’ at MPTF. You couldn’t help but fall in love with her laugh,” MPTF wrote in a press release. The nursing house’s chaplain Dina Kuperstock added that Sullivan “had the best laugh of any person I’ve ever known. Ann didn’t just laugh with a sound. When she giggled, her whole body would shake and light up with joy, and it was contagious for everyone in the room.”

Actor Allen Garfield, 80, and John Breier, 64, the husband of a longtime IATSE member, died on the MPTF facility final week. Like many different nursing houses, the coronavirus outbreak has hit MPTF exhausting, as 13 different residents have examined optimistic for the virus, with 10 at the moment being handled in isolation items. Eight caretakers have additionally examined optimistic.


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