Disney Legend: Whoopi Goldberg gets honor

Today at D23 Expo 2017 Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled the epic detailed model of the Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland park and Disney's Hollywood Studios which will remain on display throughout the weekend as

Disney Legend: Whoopi Goldberg gets honor

"Disney and I go way back, since I was a little kid, I mean way back", Goldberg said. "I loved her. We were like siblings". I wish I could be there to accept this award on her behalf, but unfortunately, I'm now working on American Horror Story. Among the awardees this year was Carrie herself, whose daughter Billie Lourd sent a letter for Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger to read out at the ceremony.

'I wish I could be there to accept this award on her behalf, but unfortunately, I am now working on American Horror Story'.

"Star Wars" icon Mark Hamill paid emotional tribute to his "space sis" Carrie Fisher Friday (July 14), as both were bestowed with Disney's "Legend" status at the entertainment giant's D23 fan convention.

In addition to co-hosting ABC's long running talk show, The View, Goldberg has lent her voice to two villainous roles for the Mouse House: Shenzi, a hyena lackey who works for big bad Scar, in Disney's The Lion King, and Stretch, a gummy purple octopus who serves as an enforcer for Lotso, the kingpin-like teddy bear, in Pixar's Toy Story 3. The one-year anniversary of Shanghai Disney Resort was also celebrated, which drew in over 12 million guests to the park in China.

'Becoming part of the Disney family was truly an unbelievable moment for her. Carrie played Princess Leia Organa, Luke's twin, in Star Wars. "I know if she was here today, she would have flipped me the bird at least twice already".

Mark Hamill, who worked with Carrie on The Force Awakens, also won a Disney Legends Award and spoke about her in his acceptance speech. "There was a comfort level with each other, we could rely on each other, and there was a deep respect", Hamill said.

Other honorees included animators Clyde "Gerry" Geronimi and Manuel Gonzales, Mark Hamill, Walt Disney Imagineer Wayne Jackson, Garry Marshall, comic book artist Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, filmmaker Julie Taymor, and Oprah Winfrey.

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