In the early 1950s, with a handful of artists, art directors, designers, architects, and animators, Marvin Davis developed the master plan for Walt Disney’s latest dream, Disneyland. Over the years he worked closely with Walt in designing and laying out virtually every aspect of the Park’s conceptualization and architecture, including Main Street, U.S.A.; New Orleans Square; Sleeping Beauty Castle; the exterior of Haunted Mansion; and more.

Born in Clovis, New Mexico, on December 21, 1910, Marvin attended UCLA for two years before transferring to the University of Southern Cal- ifornia. He graduated with a degree in architecture, and, as top student in the class of 1935, he also received the prestigious American Institute of Architects medal. Two years later, Marvin won a job at 20th Century Fox, where he worked as an art director on such films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, starring Marilyn Monroe, and The Asphalt Jungle, directed by John Huston.


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