Sunday, July 22, 2012

Virginia "Ginny" Tyler, RIP

One more artist with ties back to Disney In the Time of Walt passes from the scene:

... In Disney films, [Ginny Tyler] played the two amorous female squirrels in"The Sword in the Stone"(1963) and sang the parts of several barnyard animals in the "Jolly Holiday" sequence of "Mary Poppins" (1964).

Among many other roles, she voiced "Casper the Friendly Ghost" in 1963; Jan, the damsel in distress in "Space Ghost" cartoons in 1966, and many female characters in early episodes of the 1960s television series "Davey and Goliath." ...

At Disneyland, she hosted daily 15-minute segments for "The Mickey Mouse Club" that required a demanding production schedule. She often told stories on the air, signed autographs at the park — and considered the job the highlight of her career.

Her voice had long been featured in the chorus of birds outside the park's Tiki Room. ...

Tyler died July 13 of natural causes at a nursing home in Issaquah, Wash., said her son, Ty Fenton. She was 86. ...

The 1960s was a long time ago. And the thing that strikes me is how the ranks of people who worked with Walt Disney grow thinner year by year.

It's good to remember them, I think, just as we remember departing veterans of our long-ago wars. They shared times and places that were significant in our national consciousness.


Floyd Norman said...

Not only was Ginny Tyler a Disney pal, I worked with her on several other television projects and she did voice work for me on an educational film I directed.

She was a wonderful lady and I'll truly miss her and all the fun times we had.

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