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We've just confirmed the sad news that Disney Legend Harriet Burns passed away this morning. Burns was named a Disney Legend in 2000. The quote below is taken from the official Disney Legends website:
As the first woman ever hired by Walt Disney Imagineering in a creative rather than an office capacity, Harriet Burns helped design and build prototypes for theme park attractions, as well as final products featured at Disneyland and the New York World's Fair of 1964. And while she worked padded-shoulder to shoulder with men in the model shop, wielding saws, lathes and sanders, she was still the best-dressed employee in the department.
For much more on Harriet Burns and her Disney career, read her bio on the Disney Legends official site.