The Walt Disney Company announced on Saturday that the voice actress Russi Taylor passed away, on July 26, 2019. She was 75.
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Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Company, put out a statement on her passing saying:
“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.”
Russi Taylor is best known as the official voice of Minnie Mouse, something she acquired after beating out 200 other Minnie Mouse hopeful voice actresses during a 1986 audition.
After assuming the character, she has since appeared in hundreds of Disney projects, including but not limited to television shows, theme park experiences, animated shorts, and theatrical films.
Taylor met her husband Wayne Allwine, who had voiced Mickey Mouse since 1977. The two married in 1991 and stayed strong together until Allwine’s death in 2009.
As Minnie Mouse, Taylor’s Disney film credits can be found in many classics including “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Runaway Bride,” “Get a Horse!” and “Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers” in addition to television series “Mickey MouseWorks,” “House of Mouse,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Mickey and the Roadster Racers.”
Not only that, but she also expanded her voice acting into other characters as Nurse Mouse in “The Rescuers Down Under” and Donald Duck’s nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie in “Ducktales.”
In other series outside of Disney, she voiced Marting Prince and the twins, Sherri, and Terri on “The Simpsons.” while also dabbling in Anime, voicing characters as Daisy Nohara, Max, and Shin’s Grandmother in the “Shin Chan” anime, and Otama in “Pom Poko.” Plus a few extras in the “Tales from Earthsea” film.
Russi Taylor once said:
“I never wanted to be famous. The characters I do are famous, and that’s fine for me.”
I think this is a sad thing to have happened and that the next voice actress who will fill the sues of Mrs. Taylor has a big climb ahead. Though whoever will take upon the role of the next Minnie Mouse I wish all the good luck needed.
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Stay Cozy and have a nice day!