Alice Estes Davis was born in Escalon, California, in 1929. She grew up in Los Angeles, not far from the old Disney Studio on Hyperion Boulevard. As a child, she haunted the galleries of the nearby Chouinard Art Institute. She later won a scholarship to Chouinard, planning to study animation, but the only place available was in costume design. As a work-scholarship student, she took the evening animation drawing class. Her job was to bring “two perfect pieces of white chalk” to the professor, Marc Davis. After graduating, Alice worked as an assistant designer in a lingerie factory. She renewed her acquaintance with Marc in 1952, when a friend asked her to invite him to a going-away party for another former student. Alice and Marc were married in June, 1956; they remained together until his death in 2000. This interview was conducted on October 13, 2002, at the home they had shared. […]

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