Google Doodle Celebrates Mary Blair’s 100th Birthday
By on October 20th, 2011

In honor of the great American artist who is notably known for her work done for The Walt Disney Company, the Google Doodle is celebrating the artist’s 100th birthday by publishing a creative doodle on its homepage. The doodle is quite impressive and is based on the art of her work.

Google Doodle Celebrates Mary Blair's 100th Birthday

The Google Doodle went live just moments ago, however there are a set of viewers who are still not able to view the doodle. It’s probably due the dateline thing.

Mary Blair:

Mary Blair is recognized all over the world. She was one of America’s greatest artists and is best remembered today for work done for The Walt Disney Company. You might not recognize her, but I’m sure you would have heard of the films Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South, and most famously Cinderella, for which Blair has produced the concept.

She was born on October 21, 1911 in McAlester, Oklahoma. She moved to Texas during her early ages, and later to California when she was about 7 years of age. Mary graduated from San Jose State College and won a scholarship at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angele. In the year 1934, she married to a notable artist named Lee Blair who had won a gold medal in the art competitions of the Olympic Games for his “Rodeo”.

Life and Career of Mary Blair

  • After marriage, she worked in the animation industry in the Ub Iwerks (FYI, Ub Iwerks was the creator of Mickey Mouse)
  • She worked on art for Dumbo, an early version of Lady and the Tramp and a second version of Fantasia which was released late in 1990s.
  • She worked on two partially animated features Song of the South and So Dear to my Heart.Mary Blair
  • In early 1950s, Mary Blair was credited with color styling on Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.
  • Mary resigned from Disney after the completion of Peter Pan and worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.
  • In 1967, Mary created mural art for the Tomorrow land Promenade, which is a 90-foot-high (27 meters) and remains a focal point of the Disney’s Contemporary Resort hotel at Walt Disney World, which was completed for the resort’s opening in 1971.
  • On July 26, 1978, Mary Blair died of a cerebral haemorrhage.

Awards won by Mary Blair:

  • 1991: She won the Disney  Legend  award
  • 1996: She received the Winsor McCay award from ASIFA-Hollywood

Mary had an incredible sense of imagination and childhood, and her work’s has inspired many of the illustrators from the mid 21 century. Here are some of the best examples of her work:

Here’s a video presentation of the artist’s works -

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