28 Jul RUSSI TAYLOR, VOICE OF MINNIE MOUSE, DIES AT 75
Russi Taylor, an actress who gave voice to the iconic Disney character, Minnie Mouse for more than three decades, has died. Walt Disney Co. chairman Bob Iger announced Taylor’s death in a statement Saturday. Disney says Taylor died Friday in Glendale, California. She was 75. The cause wasn’t immediately clear.
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“Minnie Mouse lost her voice with the passing of Russi Taylor. For more than 30 years, Minnie and Russi worked together to entertain millions around the world—a partnership that made Minnie a global icon and Russi a Disney Legend beloved by fans everywhere. We’re so grateful for Russi’s talent as well as the tremendous spirit and great joy she brought to everything she did. 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.” – Bob Iger
Taylor became the official voice of Minnie in 1986, beating out more than 200 competitors who auditioned. She voiced Minnie across Disney projects in film, television and theme parks including the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and the TV show “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.”
Iger says she entertained millions around the world.
native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Taylor married the man who voiced Mickey opposite her, Wayne Allwine, in 1991. Allwine died in 2009.
She also provided voices for several smaller characters on “The Simpsons.”