Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey, as well as blackish hosts Tracy Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson and the late Chadwick Boseman were honored as Legends Friday to help kick off D23 Expo: The Ultimate Fan Event.
ABC Stars and Presenters Black Panthertogether with frozenKristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, imagination creator Robert Coltrin, the late Robert Price “Bob” Foster (who purchased the land for Walt Disney World), producer Don Hahn, imagination creator Doris Hardoon, and music producer Chris Montan. named Disney Legends for their “outstanding contribution” to the studio’s legacy.
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Pompeo rose to fame with her first starring role on an ABC series. Grey’s Anatomy. Dubbed by host Tamron Hall as a robe-wearing superhero, Pompeo took the stage and began with a joke about his daughter, Stella, and how she caught her watching the episode blackish last night.
“I said, ‘What do you love about black so much?’ She said, “It’s so related, Mom.” This is the power of storytelling,” Pompeo told the audience. “Being a storyteller and working with the best storytellers in the world is truly magical and we couldn’t have done it without you. We tell stories for you.”
Longtime partner of Pompeo Dempsey, who also stars in the studio. enchanted movie franchise, gasping as he reflects on his 37 years in the business and the “incredible platform” he’s been given Grey’s Anatomy. First, it helped him open the Dempsey Cancer Hope and Healing Center. “Fame isn’t everything,” Dempsey said. “Sometimes it’s very empty. The most important thing is to be helpful.”
Anderson talked about growing up in Compton, California. and how Disney was “always in the background”. “Disney has always been a part of my life, my upbringing, my childhood, and it informed me and allowed me to be the artist and the person that I am today,” said Anderson, who donned a pink suit for the occasion. . “Disney taught us all to dream, and dream big.”
Ellis Ross credited Disney for providing a platform for the franchise and credited Kenya Barris for creating a show that “really changed the landscape of modern television”. “Truly legendary to protect and breathe life into a joyful black woman for eight years in a great show.” She also hopes blackish gives way to “more stories about black women that reflect the truth and diversity of who we are in the world.”
Montand joked on the runway by asking audience members to name their five favorite Paramount songs (hint: there aren’t any), before asking them to think of all their favorite Disney tunes.
Groff spoke of how “Disney was my full life growing up” and how “as a gay boy growing up in late 80s/early 90s Pennsylvania, Disney VHS was my main source of escape and expression”.
After receiving the awards, each recipient was photographed with Disney CEO Bob Chapek, who opened the ceremony by promising “our biggest and most colorful D23 exhibit ever.”
The Disney Legends Awards program is a 35-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company that began when Fred MacMurray was honored in 1987.
The three-day D23 Expo will run until Sunday in Anaheim.