Lillian Disney, wife of animator and filmmaker Walt Disney, was born as Lillian Marie Bounds in 1899 in Spalding on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. She and Walt were married in 1925 in Lewiston (pop. 31,894), and she died in 1997. Credited with naming Mickey Mouse, Lillian was riding with Walt on a train from New York to Los Angeles when he came up with a new character: Mortimer Mouse. “Not Mortimer,” Lillian reportedly advised. “It’s too formal. How about Mickey?”
Who Was the Wife of Walt Disney?
On the Road, TriviaBy American Profile on April 15, 2012