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May 9, 1954 – Diane Disney Marries Ron Miller

Diane Marriage

“You know, Di, we like this fellow Ron.”

On May 9, 1954, the eldest daughter of Walt Disney, Diane, married Ronald Miller in a small Episcopal ceremony. Although Diane and Ron had favored an intimate ceremony with few close friends and family, Walt wanted a church ceremony for his first-born. According to biographies, Walt teared up during the ceremony, but was able to regain his composure for the reception, which was held at the Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel. Diane and Ron met on a blind date, which Ron’s roommate had arranged. Ron was a football player for the University of Southern California, and the two dated on the University campus. The two were twenty when they married, and they remained married for 59 years, until her death in 2013. The couple had seven children.

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