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OBIT: Virginia Davis, 90, star of Walt Disney's pioneering 'Alice' comedies

Published 08/18/2009, AP Entertainment Writer

Virginia Davis was hired by Disney in 1923 when he was a struggling filmmaker in Kansas City, Mo., and later worked with him in Hollywood. She was the first of several girls to have the title role in the series of "Alice" comedies that ran from 1923 to 1927. Her moving image was photographed and combined with animated cartoons, predating Mickey Mouse.

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