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Russi Taylor, actress who voiced Minnie Mouse, dies at 75

Russi Taylor
Russi Taylor who voiced Minnie Mouse on Disney cartoons died at 75. Pic credit: @ImageCollect/Admedia

Russi Taylor, the actress best known for more than three decades as the voice of the cartoon character Minnie Mouse, has died at the age of 75. Taylor passed away on Friday at her home in Glendale, Southern California, according to a statement released on Saturday by Walt Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger.

The cause of her death was not immediately revealed.

“Minnie Mouse lost her voice with the passing of Russi Taylor,”  Iger said. “For more than 30 years, Minnie and Russi worked together to entertain millions around the world.”

“We’re so grateful for Russi’s talent as well as the tremendous spirit and great joy she brought to everything she did,” the statement continued. “It was a privilege to have known her and an honor to have worked with her, and we take comfort in the knowledge that her work will continue to entertain and inspire for generations to come.”

“Russi will be sorely missed and our hearts go out to her family and friends, along with our deepest condolences,” the statement concluded

Who was Russi Taylor?

Taylor was born on May 4, 1944.

She was best known as the voice of the iconic Disney character Minnie Mouse since the late 1980s. She auditioned for the role in 1986 and was selected from 200 candidates. She was first credited as the voice of Minnie in a TV show that aired in 1987.

Most fans of Minnie the Mouse born in the late 1980s and after haven’t known any other voice for the character besides Russi’s, as she continued to voice Minnie until 2019.

She accumulated more than 80 credits as Minnie the Mouse during more than 30 years of working on Disney projects. Her Disney film credits include Who Framed Rabbit? (1998), Runaway Brain (1995), Mickey Mouse Works (1999-2000), House of Mouse (2001-2002), Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004), Get a Horse! (2013), Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006-2016), and Mickey and the Roadster Racers (2017).

She also voiced other Disney characters, such as Nurse Mouse in The Rescuers Down Under (1990). She played Huey, Dewey, and Louie, in the animated Duck Tales (1987-1990) series.

She also played voice acting roles in other  Disney cartoons, including Pebbles on The Flintstone Comedy Show (1980), the Mackleberry Twins (Sherri and Terri), and Martin Prince on The Simpsons. She voiced several other characters in cartoon shows, such as the voice of Fergie Furbelow in The Jetsons (1980) and Baby Gonzo in Muppet Babies (1984).

Russi Taylor tributes on social media

Colleagues and fans have been paying tribute to the late Disney legend on social media.

Russi was married to Mickey Mouse voice actor Wayne Allwine

Taylor met Mickey Mouse voice actor Wayne Allwine while she worked with Disney as the voice of Minnie. They married in 1991 and remained together until Allwine, who first voiced Mickey Mouse in 1977, died from complications of diabetes in 2009.

The couple did not have any children.

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