Disney’s Diane dies after a life of colour

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A FRANKTON woman who has died aged 53 will be remembered for her kindness, her laugh and her well-respected career with Walt Disney Company.

Proud New Yorker Diane Digit-Cornes lived a colourful and interesting life.

She was adopted from the New York Foundling Hospital by Frank and Agnes Digit and joined older brother Joseph and a warm and loving extended family of Digits and McEvoys.

In Washington, Diane met and married Jay Rebouche, a United States Air Force officer who specialised in satellite imagery. Jay’s work brought them to England.

She was offered a position as head of press and publicity for Walt Disney Company and her role expanded rapidly.

Diane became the director, then vice president of marketing and Communications for Disney International Television.

Jay died unexpectedly in early 1996 but Diane decided to remain in England and her contributions to Disney continued to grow. She travelled extensively as she supervised teams in London, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong and directed the PR for the launch of Disney Channels in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Taiwan.

Diane also acted as the Corporate Spokesperson for Disney International Television and maintained extensive contacts with journalists around the world.

In 1995, Disney announced its takeover of ABC and this allowed Diane to reconnect with old friends from ABC, especially those who joined the ABC London news bureau.

Diane chose to leave Disney in 2001 after an enormously successful career spanning a tremendous growth phase for the company.

In spring 2003 Diane met Tim Cornes and - after going bowling and then dinner and being the last people to leave the restaurant - she knew she had found her soul-mate. They were soon married and Diane joined Tim’s family business, Beckett’s Bacon, and worked in marketing.

She became unwell in spring last year and was diagnosed with aggressive endometrial cancer and lost her battle on July 30 with Tim and his mother, Sue, at her side.

Tim said: “Tributes have come in from around the world.

“Diane was a very special person. She touched many peoples lives and will be deeply missed by all that knew her.”

Her funeral was on Tuesday.