George Hurrell at the Walt Disney Family Museum, 2015

Pancho Barnes met George Hurrell shortly after his 1925 arrival in the California beachside community of Laguna Beach. Pancho and George became fast friends, a friendship that lasted Pancho’s entire lifetime. Pancho was responsible for getting George his first Hollywood celebrity client when she introduced him to her best friend at the time, actor Ramon Novarro. An exhibition of the photography of George Hurrell was at the Walt Disney Family Museum (located in the Presidio in San Francisco, California) in 2015. The exhibition features several photos of Pancho Barnes taken by George Hurrell as well as his Hollywood clientele.

In the 1940’s George Hurrell married Walt Disney’s favorite niece (Phyllis Bounds), and had three children. With this marriage, Walt Disney became George Hurrell’s ‘uncle-in-law.’ George Hurrell and his wife, Phyllis, founded a very successful independent TV production unit in 1950, that was housed on the lot at Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

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Dr. Louis F. D'Elia is the custodian of the Estate of Pancho Barnes and a Trustee of the Flight Test Museum Foundation at Edwards Air Force Base.