Abigail Disney Biography
Abigail E. Disney is an American documentary filmmaker, philanthropist, and activist known for her documentary films focused on social themes. Abigail Disney is the Executive Producer and Director of the Emmy-winning film The Armor of Light, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
Abigail Disney was raised in North Hollywood, California, and was educated at Yale (BA), Stanford (MA, English Lit), and Columbia (PhD, English Lit). Abigail is the daughter of Patricia Ann (née Dailey) and Roy E. Disney and granddaughter of Roy O. Disney, co-founder of The Walt Disney Company with her great uncle Walt Disney. While pursuing her PhD, Disney taught English and American literature at Iona College and wrote a dissertation on the role of romanticized violence in American life.Abigail Disney’s photo
Abigail Disney Age
Abigail Disney was born on 24th January 1960.
Abigail Disney Family
Abigail Disney Parents
Abigail is the daughter of Patricia Ann (née Dailey) and Roy E. Disney and granddaughter of Roy O. Disney, co-founder of The Walt Disney Company with her great uncle Walt Disney
Abigail Disney Father
Roy Edward Disney, KCSG was a longtime senior executive for The Walt Disney Company, which was founded by his father, Roy Oliver Disney, and uncle Walt Disney. At the time of his death, he held more than 16 million shares, and served as a consultant for the company, as Director Emeritus for the Board of Directors.
Abigail Disney Husband
In 1991, Abigail Disney and her husband, Pierre Hauser, founded the Daphne Foundation — the name is a composite of their initials — to support emerging and grassroots organizations whose programs address the causes and consequences of poverty in the five boroughs of New York City.
Abigail Disney Children
Abigail and her husband Pierre Hauser were blessed with four children, two girls and two boys namely;
- Eamon Hauser-son
- Henry Hauser-son
- Olivia Hauser-daughter
- Charlotte Hauser-daughter
Abigail Disney Career
Abigail turned to the family business of filmmaking with a documentary film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, directed by Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-winning filmmaker Gini Reticker. Pray the Devil Back to Hell brought to light the work of Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee by telling the story about the critical role women played in bringing peace to war-torn Liberia. Pray the Devil Back to Hell won Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008, and screened in 60 countries around the world on all seven continents.
In 2007, she and Gini Reticker founded Fork Films, a New York-based production company that seeks to shed light, evoke compassion, stir action and build peace. She is the President and CEO, and Reticker is the Chief Creative Officer.
In 2009, Fork Films and Film Sprout partnered together to create Pray the Devil Back to Hell’s Global Peace Tour, a nine-month grassroots screening tour that culminated in the United Nations’ International Day of Peace on September 21, 2009. In total, the tour brought the film to 31 foreign countries, 45 U.S. states and 235 U.S. cities. The film is broadly credited with highlighting the bravery and sacrifice of its lead figure, Leymah Gbowee, who received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.
The response to Pray the Devil Back to Hell led Disney to work on the five-part special series for PBS, Women, War & Peace, which aired in 2011 and was the winner of the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award, a Gracie Award, a Television Academy Honor and the America Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award (for I Came to Testify). This series created and executive produced by Abigail Disney, Pamela Hogan and Gini Reticker looked at the role of women in war in the modern age, not just as victims of conflict, but as active agents for peace in their communities. Also in 2011, Disney received an Athena Film Festival Award for her extraordinary use of film for social change.
Disney executive produced The Trials of Spring (2015), a major documentary event that includes a feature-length documentary, six short films, articles by award-winning journalists, and an ongoing robust social media conversation about women and their unwavering quest for social justice and freedom. The feature film, directed by Gini Reticker, chronicles the story of 21-year-old Hend Nafea, who sets out on a search for freedom and justice in a country gripped by a dangerous power struggle where there is little tolerance for the likes of her. The six short films were featured on The New York Times homepage in the six days leading up to the world premiere of The Trials of Spring at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York City in June 2015.
Disney made her directorial debut with The Armor of Light, which follows pro-life evangelical minister Rev. Rob Schenck, Lucy McBath, the mother of teenager Jordan Davis, and John Michael Phillips. Jordan Davis was gunned down in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23, 2012. Davis was unarmed at the time of his death, and his story has cast a spotlight on “Stand Your Ground” laws in the United States. The film follows Rev. Schenck as he meets McBath, a pro-choice Christian, and her attorney John Phillips. It leads to the question: is it possible to be both pro-gun and pro-life? The Armor of Light premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2015 before opening theatrically on October 30, 2015. In 2017, it was nominated for an Emmy Award.
Community activism and philanthropy
Disney and her husband Pierre Hauser created The Daphne Foundation in 1991 in order to fund programs that confront the causes and consequences of poverty in the five boroughs of New York City.
In 2008, Disney launched Peace is Loud, a nonprofit organization that inspires action through media and live events that spotlight women leaders on the frontlines of peacebuilding worldwide. The organization’s mission is to generate a groundswell of people committed to building a culture of peace. Disney serves as the Founder and President.
Disney has made several overseas trips with fellow peace activists, including Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee. The two travelled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2011 to spend a week working with women peace activists and to explore ideas for building peace in their country. The following year, they visited Sri Lanka, where women activists launched the Sri Lankan Women’s Agenda on Peace, Security and Development, inspired by Gbowee’s legacy.
In 2012 she renounced her share of the profits from the Disney family investment in the Ahava cosmetics company whose factory is located in a West Bank settlement. She stated, “I cannot in good conscience profit from what is technically the ‘plunder’ or ‘pillage’ of occupied natural resources…” For legal reasons she could not withdraw her investments and therefore donated the investments and profits “to organizations working to end this illegal exploitation.”
In May 2015, Disney joined Gbowee and 28 other international women peacebuilders to cross the 2-mile wide De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea in an act of solidarity with Korean women and to call for an end to the Korean War. The peacebuilders headed international peace symposia in Pyongyang and Seoul, where they listened to Korean women and shared experiences of mobilizing women to end the conflict.
Abigail Disney Fork Films
Founded in 2007 by Abigail E. Disney and Gini Reticker, Fork Films began with the feature film Pray the Devil Back to Hell, followed by Emmy-winning The Armor of Light, The Trials of Spring, and the five-part PBS series Women, War & Peace. In addition to its original productions, Fork has funded over 100 documentary films including Cameraperson, Trapped, 1971, Hot Girls Wanted, and the Academy Award-nominated films Strong Island, The Square, Sun Come Up and The Invisible War. Fork Films is committed to promoting peace, lifting marginalized voices, and building bridges across divided communities. In partnership with our sister organization Peace is Loud, we enrich every project we make with lasting impact campaigns.
Abigail Disney Net Worth
Abigail Disney Net Worth: Abigail Disney is an American filmmaker and scholar known for her documentary films focused on social themes. Abigail Disney has a net worth of $500 million dollars.
Abigail Disney Awards and Recognition
- The Women’s Image Network Awards (2015) Woman of the Year Honoree.
- Epic Awards (2008) presented by the White House Project, with Gini Reticker and Leymah Gbowee.
- Global Women’s Rights Awards (2009) presented by the Feminist Majority Foundation, with Gini Reticker and Leymah Gbowee.
- Auburn Lives of Commitment Award (2009), presented by Auburn Theological Seminary.
- 1st Annual Media Awards (2009), presented by Women’s Media Center, with Gini Reticker.
- Crystal Award (2009), presented by The Victor E. Ward Educational Fund, with Gini Reticker and Leymah Gbowee.
- 2009 Auburn Lives of Commitment Award (2009), presented by Auburn Theological Seminary.
- Visionary Leader Award (2010), presented by the Korean American Family Services Center.
- Mercy Center Honoree (2010), presented by Mercy Center.
- 2010 Honoree (2010), presented by Girl Scouts of America.
- Phoenix Award (2010), presented by New York Asian Women’s Center.
- Visionary Social Change Award (2011), presented by the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF).
- Athena Award (2011), presented by Barnard College, the Athena Center for Leadership Studies and Athena Film Festival, with Gini Reticker.
- International Advocate for Peace Award (2011), presented by Cardozo Law School’s Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.
- 2012 Gracie Award for Outstanding Producer-News/Nonfiction for Women, War & Peace (2012), presented by The Gracie Awards.
- The James Park Morton Interfaith Award (2012), presented by the Interfaith Center of New York, with Leymah Gbowee.
- Global Award for Media Leadership (2013), presented by Womensphere.
- Vanguard Award (2013), presented by Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York.
- 2013 Honoree (2013), presented by YWLN.
- Leadership in Women’s Philanthropy Award (2013), presented by The Dominican Women’s Development Center.
- Morton Deutsch Award for Social Justice (2014), presented by the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution.
- Legacy Award (2014), presented by Women for Afghan Women.
- Public Health Change Champion Award (2014), presented by The Public Health Institute.
- IWMF (International Women’s Media Foundation) Courage in Journalism Awards: Leadership Honoree (2015), presented by IWMF.
- Lawrence University, Doctor of Humane Letters (2010).
- Iona College, Doctor of Humane Letters (2010).
- Cedar Crest College (2013).
- The New School (2014.)
Abigail Disney Wealth
Disney CEO Bob Iger’s $65.6 million total compensation is “insane,” according to Abigail Disney, granddaughter of the company’s co-founder. The Disney heiress and philanthropist criticized the gap between Iger’s fiscal 2018 pay and that of his employees at the Fast Company Impact Council on Thursday 18th April 2019.
Abigail Disney and Pierre Hauser
Abigail Disney and her husband Pierre Hauser are the most authentic, generous fierce activists
Abigail Disney 1%
Documentary filmmaker, scholar, philanthropist, heiress and activist Abigail Disney—the granddaughter and great-niece of Roy Disney and Walt Disney respectively—filmed a message for United States taxpayers in response to and Republican leaders’ claims about the GOP tax cuts.
Disney said people should not believe what the Trump administration or GOP say happened with the tax cuts they received. Disney begins her video stating:
“Greetings from the 1%.”
She then clarifies that her forefathers did create the House of Mouse and shares a “Disney secret” as is her tradition for her videos. But then she makes clear her message is more important than a Disney behind the scenes peek. Disney states:
- “we in the 1% got a great Christmas present last year. I don’t know if you remember, it was called a very big tax break.”
- “I didn’t need it, but the Republicans gave it to me anyway. And I hear if the Republicans do well in these midterms, they want to give me another one; an even bigger one, in fact.”
- “It’s the darndest thing, isn’t it? I got a tax break, but you didn’t. Hmm…I’m sure that was an oversight.”
Disney then adds that many of the rich who received the tax cuts were not sure what to do with them. So they bought superyachts. Which is a really big yacht. Disney continues:
- “So anyway, 1%-ers are doing better than they ever have been doing and guess what? You are paying for all of it.”
- “Remember when Republicans promised if you gave 1%-ers a tax cut, employers would increase your salary and hire more people and the economy would boom and there’d be rainbows and ponies and everything would be awesome?”
- “In fact, Republicans have made that promise a bunch of times and I’m beginning to wonder when we’re gonna stop falling for that one.”
Disney then outlined what promises were made to taxpayers in more detail. According to statements from GOP leaders, the plan for the 2018 November midterms involved campaigning on the merits of the Trump tax cuts. But polls showed their pet project earned the nickname “GOP tax scam” from a majority of voters.
So a necessary strategy shift spawned the new Republican and Trump rallying cry painting the Democrats as an angry violent mob that victimized Brett Kavanaugh and the GOP. But Disney says not to fall for it. The election is not about Dr Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. The Trump administration and Republican goal are more tax cuts for the richest and fewer services for the poorest.
People online agreed with Disney’s assessment.