Seller Story: Woodland Hills, CA
“In 1954, my mother saw an ad for Disney’s animation training program, so I took my portfolio and I went. I knew nothing about animation – not one thing. I had a bachelor’s degree in art and had graduated from high school with an art award. What Disney did was put you at a desk with a character in two poses, and you were supposed to draw a pose in the middle to make it move. I did my best, and I guess it was good enough because they asked me to be in the class. There were about 15 of us that trained for 10 weeks. Not that many women, it was a still a man’s world then.
After a year, I was assigned to one of Walt’s top animators, Hal King. Well that floored me because at the time there was maybe one other woman assistant. I worked for him for 8 years. We did the The Jungle Book, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmations. I was instrumental in drawing the puppies, which was very challenging: each dog had its individual spots which had to move with the animal. You had to keep track of which spots were on which dogs!
Later, I worked at Filmation, where I was in charge of all the assistants; I had about 110 people under me. It was fast-paced, you had to move. We did all of the shows: Fat Albert, He-Man, Masters of the Universe. After that I worked at Hanna-Barbera, and then for Ted Turner. I’ve been at almost every studio. I’m 83 years old now. The City of Los Angeles actually recognized me for 50 years in animation.” – Doris
Pawleys Island Rope Swing Hammock
Original Jungle Book Sketches by Doris Plough
Vintage Japanese Jungle Book Calendar
Rock Garden Sculpture
Birch Wood Candle Holder
Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty on Cellophane
Trio of Ceramic Animal Sculptures
Pair of Disney Collector's Items
Wood and Rope Hanging Bell Chime
Pair of Ceramic Peruvian Style Figurines
Cypress Knee Lamp with Painted Shade
Trio of Wooden Animal Sculptures
Charles Frace "Cheetah Kitten" Print
Ceramic Hanging Light and Planter
Pair of Percussion Instruments
Vintage Ethnic Cloth Doll
Abstract Hanging Wooden Sculpture
Bernard Stanley Hoyes "Pie Lady" Lithograph
Pair of Petrified Wood Book Ends
Original Fine Art Giclee Print of Marilyn Monroe with COA
Wrought Iron Table Candelabra
Wooden Branch Plant Stand
2-Tier Glass Jug Server
Pair of California Redwood Sculptures
"Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator" Hardcover Book
Pair of Aviation Sketches
Handcrafted Ceramic Garden Chime
Pair of Wooden Bird Sculptures
Vintage Print by Vern Tremewen
Painted Ceramic Hanging Sculpture
Wyland "Dolphin Rides" First Edition Collector Plate
Vintage Badminton Set
Vintage Metal and Wood Steamer Trunk
Favorite item in the collection?
When I started to go through everything, I found a lot of treasures; pieces like the sketches, that you can’t really buy anymore. I’m also a big Marilyn collector. There’s a Marilyn photograph in the sale with a certificate of authentication — that’s exciting. My husband made its wood frame.
Do you still draw?
Oh yes, you have to make time for it. I published a children’s book last year and I’m working on another.
Piece you’re most excited will have a second life:
I’m hoping that someone who really appreciates and enjoys Marilyn gets her photograph. When I was showing the house, one of the real estate ladies asked for it!
You’re moving to another state. What will you miss about LA?
The friends, the people, my favorite haunts. My terrier Mandy and I like to go out on Sunday morning to the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; have a coffee and a pastry and chat with people. I’ll truly miss that.
What do you love most about animation?
The great talents that I was involved with; people who could really draw. My last film was The Iron Giant at Warner Brothers. Well, the computer people were moving in at that time and on our floor half were traditional animation, as they call it, and half were computer. I think that some of the appreciation for the craft of hand-drawing has been lost. But I’m very proud of my career, the fact that I was always able to move from one job to another, and that I was a working mother. A coworker and friend paid me the biggest compliment when she said: ‘Doris, do you realize how talented you are?’ And I guess I don’t. That’s what I’m saying, I’m very unassuming and I don’t like to brag. I will let my work speak for myself.”