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Whoopi Goldberg revealed as surprise Disney legend at D23 expo

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Disney Legend: Whoopi Goldberg gets honor

Hosted by the Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney company, Bob Iger, the event honoured 10 stars who have contributed to the legacy of Disney. "We miss her talent and wit". Although Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd couldn't attend the ceremony, she wrote a flawless tribute to her mother's career and love of Disney in general. Billie Lourd penned a touching letter to be read at the ceremony (which she was unable to attend).

"I want people to start putting crows in the merchandise, because those crows sing the song in Dumbo everybody remembers", she said, referencing the tune "When I See an Elephant Fly".

The other Disney Legend honorees this year include Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill of "Star Wars", comic book legend Stan Lee, actor-director Garry Marshall ("The Princess Diaries", "Pretty Woman"), "Lion King" director Julie Taymor and Oprah Winfrey, who was Goldberg's co-star in "The Color Purple".

And one day later, Billie Lourd shared a sweet picture of her mom and her late grandmother Debbie Reynolds from a childhood trip to Disneyland. "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and Johnny Depp were among the Disney Legends inductees in 2015.

'Becoming part of the Disney family was truly an fantastic moment for her. Iger even teased the newly announced Star Wars Lands, which will be opening in 2019 so that "you can experience life in the Star Wars universe".

"We were like siblings, the good and the bad".

"What a great thrill it was to come back in The Force Awakens. She secretly always wanted to be a Disney princess, so being a Disney princess and a Disney Legend would be her dream". "There was a comfort level with each other, we could rely on each other, and there was a deep respect", Hamill said. "I know if she were here this morning, she would've flipped me the bird at least twice this morning", he joked. Thank you again, and may the force be with you always, ' Bob Iger read Billie's emotional words.

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