Edle Bakke, A Disney Pioneer for Women in the Film Industry, Dies at 91

Edle Bakke

Edle Bakke has died at the age of 91. She was a leader in the world of film animation with a long history with the Walt Disney Company.

When Edle Bakke graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1945, she was in search of a job. Not too long after her search began, the Walt Disney Company hired her as a secretary for the all-female Ink & Paint department. This was the beginning of a magical pairing that would make Bakke a pioneer for women in her field.

After she was hired, she moved to work closely with Ward Kimball on “Man in Space,” a 1955 installment of The Magical World of Disney series. She later noted how she sat in on these meetings with Walt Disney, who didn’t like to see anyone taking notes. She would sit behind a tall screen and quickly jotted down as much of the conversations as she could.

Bakke then became the first person at Walt Disney Studios trained to be a live-action script supervisor. This involved her with projects such as Old Yeller (1957) and Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks With a Circus (1960) and TV shows like Davy CrockettSpin & MartyThe Hardy BoysZorro, and The Mickey Mouse Club.

Of course, it didn’t stop there. Edle went on to work on Gunsmoke from 1961-70, worked on the movies Hatari! (1962), Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), Being There (1979), Tron (1982) and Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) and did MacGyver for a season before retiring in 1987. When she retired, she dedicated her time to her family in Southern California while enjoying the life she had created.

In August 2017, Edle Bakke was among a group of women honored by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy wanted to recognize women who paved the way in the animated film industry. Bakke was also featured in Mindy Johnson’s 2017 book, Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation.

She is survived by her sister and niece, among many other in her family.

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest

Share your thoughts and comment!

Caitie Bear

Caitie Bear

Caitie Bear originally came to DAPS MAGIC through GEEKS CORNER and coffee. She soon became the resident coffee consultant for special segments before finding herself joining the GEEKS CORNER team. She is now the co-host for the web show and has loved the opportunity to share the magic with other Disney fans. Caitie loves covering anything food or Disney Fairy Tale Weddings!

SUBSCRIBE TO DAPS MAGIC TODAY!

DAPS MAGIC YOUTUBE

MOUSEWAYS TRAVEL

GEEKS CORNER PODCAST

POPULAR POSTS

Top Posts & Pages
The History of the Candlelight Ceremony at Disneyland
SCAREolers Return to Disneyland Resort for Halloween Time
Knott's Scary Farm is Back in 2021 with New Mazes, Scare Zones, and Shows!
Orlando International Airport Gets Decorated for Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary Celebration
Step in Time! A Visit to Magic Kingdom Park as It Was in October 1971
A Look at the Metrics of the Magic Key Pass Program
9 Spooky Disney Animated Shorts Perfect for Halloween Time
A Comparison of Disneyland's Magic Key and Walt Disney World's Annual Pass