D23 Expo Honors Disney Legends Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey and Extra – Deadline

Gray’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey, together with blackish leads Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson and the late Chadwick Boseman, had been honored as Legends Friday to assist kick off D23 Expo: The Final Disney Fan Occasion.

The ABC stars and the lead of Black Panther, together with Frozen‘s Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Imagineer Robert Coltrin, the late Robert Value “Bob” Foster (who procured the land for Walt Disney World), producer Don Hahn, Imagineer Doris Hardoon and music producer Chris Montan had been named Disney Legends for his or her “extraordinary contributions” to the studio’s legacy.

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Pompeo was celebrated first for her starring position in ABC’s Gray’s Anatomy. Dubbed a superhero in scrubs by host Tamron Corridor, Pompeo took the stage and commenced with an anecdote about her daughter Stella and the way she caught her watching an episode of blackish final night time.

“I stated, ‘what’s about blackish you like a lot?’ She stated, ‘it’s so relatable, mother.’ That’s the ability of storytelling,” Pompeo advised the group. “To be a storyteller and to work with the most effective storytellers on the earth is kind of a magical factor and we couldn’t do it with out you. We inform the tales for you.”

Pompeo’s longtime co-star Dempsey, who additionally stars within the studio’s Enchanted film franchise, choked up as he mirrored on his 37 years within the enterprise and the “unbelievable platform” that was offered to him by Gray’s Anatomy. For one, it helped him to launch the Dempsey Heart For Most cancers Hope and Therapeutic. “Fame isn’t every thing,” stated Dempsey. “Generally it’s very empty. An important factor is to be of service.”

Anderson talked about rising up in Compton, CA. and the way Disney was “at all times within the background.” “Disney has at all times been part of my life, my upbringing, my childhood and it has knowledgeable me and allowed me to be the entertainer and the person that I’m at present,” stated Anderson, who wore a rose-colored go well with for the event. “Disney has taught all of us to dream, and to dream large.”

Ellis Ross thanked Disney for giving the “ish” franchise a platform and thanked Kenya Barris for making a present that “really modified the panorama of recent tv.” “It feels actually legendary to advocate for and breath life right into a joyful Black lady for eight years on an awesome present.” She additionally hopes blackish offers option to “extra Black women-centered tales that replicate the reality and variety of who we’re on the earth.”

Montan made a humorous on the podium by asking the viewers to call their 5 favourite Paramount songs (trace: there aren’t any) earlier than asking them to recall all their favourite Disney tunes.

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Groff talked about how “Disney was my full life as a child” and the way “as a younger homosexual boy rising up within the late 80s early 90s in Pennsylvania, Disney VHS tapes had been my main supply of escape and self expression.”

Bell stated “I’m sorry to each mum or dad who has to take heed to Frozen on loop. I really feel you.”

After receiving their awards, every recipient was photographed with Disney CEO Bob Chapek, who opened the ceremony by promising “our greatest, most excessive D23 Expo ever.”

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 35-year custom of The Walt Disney Firm, which started when Fred MacMurray was honored in 1987.

The three-day, D23 Expo continues by way of Sunday in Anaheim.

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