* Nine new celebrities honored with Disney Legends Award
* Award recognizes achievement and talent
* Honorees will be feted at the D23 Expo in July
Luke and Leia will be reunited one more time this year, as Disney announced that the late Carrie Fisher (aka Princess Leia) and Mark Hamill (aka Luke Skywalker) are among nine new Disney Legends to be honored at this year’s bi-annual D23 Expo.
One of the highest honors bestowed by Disney, the Disney Legends Award is reserved for “those few who have truly made an indelible mark on the history of The Walt Disney Company,” says Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. “It’s a celebration of talent, a recognition of achievement, and an expression of gratitude to the men and women whose work has significantly contributed to Disney’s enduring reputation for creative excellence.”
In addition to Fisher and Hamill, other honorees this year include director Clyde “Gerry” Geronimi, illustrator Manual Gonzales, Disney “imagineer” Wayne Jackson, and Hollywood greats Stan Lee, Garry Marshall, Julie Taymour and Oprah Winfrey.
The D23 Expo, held in Anaheim, is a biennial celebration of all things Disney. Taking place July 14, fans will be invited to watch the ceremony live in person, celebrating the achievements of their favorite celebrities and members of the Disney family.
The Disney Legends Award, which is celebrating its 30th year, was first given to Fred MacMurray in 1987. Including this year’s group of honorees, there are now a total of 276 Disney Legends.