She worked on Disney's first full-length animated feature, the beloved Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

tompson passed away "peacefully in her sleep at" on sunday at the motion picture and television fund in woodland hills.

confirming the news, iger said in a statement : "while we will miss her smile and wonderful sense of humour, her exceptional work and pioneering spirit will forever be an inspiration to us all."

The animator worked on some of Disney's biggest hits and her death was confirmed by Walt Disney Company Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Bob Iger.

Studio on Kingswell Avenue.

She worked at The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years, beginning her career as a painter in the studio's Ink & Paint Department.

in 1937, before moving on to review animation cels as final checker.

Snow White: Walt remembered Ruthie from when she was a kid, and offered her a job as an inker and then in the Paint Department on the studio's first animated feature, the iconic 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Other classics that Ruthie worked on included Pinocchio, Dumbo, Sleeping Beauty and Robin Hood.

she retired from the company in 1975 after working on the rescuers.

In 1952, Tompson was among the first three women to be admitted into the Hollywood camera union when she was invited to join IATSE Local 659, and was named a Disney Legend in 2000 for her extensive work at the studio.

According to Disney's statement, Ruthie is survived by her two nieces, Judy Weiss and Calista Tonelli, as well as her nephew Pierce Butler III.

First: Tompson, who started her career at Disney as an ink and paint artist on Disney's first animated feature, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, passed peacefully at her home at the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Woodland Hills, California o

Disney animation legend Ruthie Tompson has died at the age of 111.

she worked on some of the company's biggest hits.

She said in her Disney Legends interview : "Once Roy asked us neighbourhood kids to play tag in the street, while he photographed us with a movie camera.

"I suppose it was for the Alice Comedies.

Walt: Once she turned 18, she started working at Dubrock's Riding Academy, where Walt and Roy Disney often played polo

"he paid each of us a quarter, which i was glad for because i could buy liquorice."

after retiring, she still consulted on several other projects, including ralph bakshi's 1978 version of the lord of the rings.

Her home was also quite close to the Disney Bros.

Once she turned 18, she started working at Dubrock's Riding Academy, where Walt and Roy Disney often played polo.

R.I.P.: The animation world has lost a legend, with pioneer Ruthie Tompson (right) passing away at 111 years of age

she was soon promoted to final checker and scene planning and went on to work on pinocchio ( 1940 ), fantasia ( 1940 ), mary poppins, the aristocats, robin hood ( 1973 ).

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