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40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class

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Walt Disney’s housekeeper was richer than most

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Thelma Pearl Howard worked for the Disney family for 30 years as a live-in housekeeper and nanny for the Disney children. She was a beloved member of the family and Walt Disney often referred to her at the real-life Mary Poppins. Every year for the holidays, Disney would gift Howard and other employees with Disney stock. It wasn’t worth much then, but when Howard died in 1994 at the age of 79, Howard’s estate was worth over $9 million dollars, because of all the Disney stock she held. Howard left half to her son Michael, who was living in a home for the developmentally disabled. The other half was used to benefit homeless and disadvantaged children.

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