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Longtime Disney animator Ann Sullivan, 91, who was a painter on The Little Mermaid and Lion King, is third person to die of coronavirus at California nursing home for those in the entertainment industry.

A veteran Disney animator has died of COVID-19 at age 91, and is the third resident of a California nursing home to pass away from the disease.
Ann Sullivan – who worked as a painted on Pocahontas (1995), Lion King (1994) and The Little Mermaid – passed away Monday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) skilled-nursing facility in Woodland Hills, where actor Allen Garfield, 80, and John Breier, 64, – the husband of a longtime International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) member – died last week.
Another 13 residents have tested positive for coronavirus at the Wasserman Campus, which has 250 residents who have worked in the entertainment industry.
The first cases of virus were reported from MPTF – a collection of cottages, villas and lodges among lush gardens – on March 31 and MPTF confirmed an additional six on April 3.
Ten are being treated in isolation while three are in West Hills Hospital. Eight members of staff have tested positive for COVID-19. They are mainly caregivers.
With nursing homes across the country struggling to cope with the outbreak, MPTF president and CEO Bob Beitcher disagreed with people who believe residents are better off being cared for at private residences.
He said it’s ‘unrealistic for families to provide the same level of care as they get here. Many are quite ill, have multiple co-morbidities, and require around-the-clock caregiving. And the dislocation of moving them could be the end in itself.’
MPTF was founded by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith, to help people in the entertainment industry when they fall on hard times and each year provides healthcare and services to 150,000.
The campus has a 200-seat theater and the 40-resident Harry’s Haven unit for Dementia and Alzheimer’s – named after sponsor Kirk Douglas – includes a common room with Hollywood memorabilia.

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