Ruthie Tompson, a Walt Disney Studios painter, began her career in the Ink and Paint Department of the first Disney animated golden age. At 111 years old, she died.
Variety.com reports that Tompson passed away peacefully at home on Sunday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund, Woodland Hills, California.
Tompson was employed at The Walt Disney Company for almost 40 years. He retired in 1975 after having completed work on “The Rescuers” (1977).
She was also one of three women who were the first to be invited to join the International Photographers Union (Local 659 of IATSE) in 1952. Tompson was the Walt Disney Company’s longest-serving employee, and was awarded the Disney Legend title in 2000. This prestigious honor recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to The Walt Disney Company.
Tompson was born in Portland, Maine on July 22, 1910. He was raised in Boston.
Her family moved to California in 1918 with her parents, and arrived in Oakland the first time they arrived on Armistice Day (November 11, 1918), which marked the end World War I.
Tompson was born in Hollywood, just a few miles from Disney Bros., and her association with Disney began long before she was an employee at the studio. Cartoon Studio.
She was 18 when she started at Dubrock’s Riding Academy in San Fernando Valley. Walt and Roy often played polo there.
Walt offered Tompson a position as a painter at the Ink and Paint Department. She helped to finish the first animated feature of the studio in 1937, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Tompson was quickly promoted to final-checker and scene planner. She was skilled in reviewing animation cels, guiding camera movement, and was also involved in Disney features like ‘Pinocchio,’ ‘Fantasia,’ ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ ‘Mary Poppins,’ ‘The Aristocats,’ and ’Robin Hood.
Tompson shared words with D23 last year to celebrate her 110th birthday. She said, “Have fun.”
“Try to do the most for yourself.” Keep your eyes open for the good things in this life.