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Google Celebrates Mary Blair’s 100th Birthday

Google has paid tribute to Mary Blair, an artist of unusual style whose works has made the classic Walt Disney films of 40s and 50s immortal and unforgettable through a doodle.

Born on 21st October 1911 in Oklahoma, the very talented Blair's best artworks are contributions to animations of Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and Peter Pan. Her work also includes illustrations of numerous children's books.

Blair brought the concept of modern arts in the world of animation thus becoming an inspiration for an entire generation of illustrators. The animations were colourful and had a childlike image which vaguely reminiscent the popular cubist movement.

Walt Disney was also impressed by her methods and designs and thus he recruited her for "It's a Small World", which was the main attraction of the 1964 New York World's Fair where it debuted. Currently this can be found in every Disney theme park where it has been recreated time and again.

One of the most popular creations in which Blair was involved is the giant murals at Disneyland and Disney World. Blair, who died on 1978 July 26, tried to give the world the ability to view things in different light. Google's doodle on its tribute features an image of her which is an imaginary drawing as the way she would have drawn herself. This image of her is surrounded by simple patterns and shapes which makes up her own familiar cartoon world.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.