Burns, Harriet

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Burns, Harriet Gender: F
Harriett Lee Tapp
born on 20 August 1928 at 18:30 (= 6:30 PM )
Place San Antonio, Texas, 29n25, 98w30
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 27°42' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 02°17 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 16°22'

Harriet Burns (at centre, with Blaine Gibson and The Haunted Mansion ghosts in 2008)
photo: Steve from San Francisco, CA, USA, license cc-by-sa-2.0


American artist and designer, who was the first woman hired in the Walt Disney Imagineering department within the Walt Disney Company.

Burns began working at Disney Studios in 1955 as a prop and set painter for the Mickey Mouse Club. She helped to design and build the famed Mouse Clubhouse which was a featured fixture on the show.

Burns contributed greatly to the development of Disneyland at WED Enterprises by creating both miniature models and actual theme park attractions. One of Burns's first assignments was to craft a model of Sleeping Beauty Castle, a Disneyland landmark which opened with the theme park on 17 July 1955.

Outside of Disneyland, Burns was part of a team of Disney employees, which created several Disney attractions for the 1964 New York World's Fair.

Burns retired from Walt Disney Imagineering in 1986. She died of complications from a heart condition at USC University Hospital in Los Angeles on 25 July 2008 at the age of 79.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate [1].


  • Vocation : Art : Stage/ Set design