Winfrey, Hamill & More Honored as Disney Legends at D23 Expo 2017

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The letter read: 'As far back as I can remember, my mom and I have been Disney fanatics.

"I loved her. And we were like siblings, the good and the bad".

"I was born the same year the park opened", Whoopi said during her acceptance speech.

Finally, Lourd thanked everyone for the wonderful honor and expressed her sorrow at being unable to attend herself. "Instead, I got to take her. Disney made you feel that no matter where you came from, you were welcome".

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Asked by Yahoo Movies what her favorite Disney movie is, the View host and EGOT victor deferred picking favorites and instead brought up Song of the South, the 1946 Walt Disney-produced live-action/animated film that has remained unreleased for decades due to its racially insensitive portrayal of African Americans in the Reconstruction Era. "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and Johnny Depp were among the Disney Legends inductees in 2015. The announcement says by adding Disney Legend to her honors, she becomes the only "LEGOT" in the world. Carrie played Princess Leia Organa, Luke's twin, in Star Wars. I'm beyond grateful to Mr. Iger and everyone at Disney for this incredible honor. We had huge fights, and not speak to each other. but we loved each other. "I know if she were here this morning, she would've flipped me the bird at least twice this morning", he joked.

Fisher's on-screen brother, Mark Hamill, was also inducted as a Disney Legend, using his time at the podium to honor the actress.

"What a great thrill it was to come back in The Force Awakens". They said "Oh we're giving you this thing" and I was like "Oh ok thanks" and they were like "No, you don't understand". "There was a comfort level with each other".

Marvel mastermind Stan Lee, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and the late Garry Marshall also received Disney Legends status at the ceremony.

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