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Voice of 'Minnie Mouse,' Russi Taylor, Dead at Age 75

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We don’t often see the faces behind the voices of our favorite animated characters. And yet it is those voices that stay with us through the years, as recognizable as a classic song.

Russi Taylor was one of those “songs.” For over three decades, she graced us with her magical voice, always behind the mic while Minnie Mouse took center stage.

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Taylor passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at the age of 75. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger, released a statement in the wake of the sad news.

“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,” Iger said, according to a Facebook post from Walt Disney Records.

“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 went on. “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.”

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Minnie Mouse wasn’t Taylor’s only role. She also voiced Huey, Dewey and Louie from the animated series “DuckTales.” Other credits to her name include voice roles on “The Simpsons,” “Babe” and the animated sequels to “Cinderella”, according to IMDB.

Disney’s polka-dotted sweetheart was married to Minnie’s real-life sweetheart Wayne Allwine, who voiced Mickey Mouse from 1977 until he passed in 2009.

“Russi has Minnie’s tremendous love of people,” Allwine said once of his wife in an interview.

The pair met when Taylor started voicing Minnie in 1986 and they fell in love, according to LaughingPlace.com.

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Working for the Walt Disney Company had been Taylor’s lifelong dream, and she even told Walt as much when she met him as a young girl.

“When I was a little girl, I was with my mom and my brother, and it was late at night at Disneyland,” Taylor once said, according to PEOPLE.

“We had just come off the Mark Twain Riverboat and were getting some popcorn,” she continued. “I looked over and saw Walt sitting on a bench, so we introduced ourselves and shared our popcorn with him. At one point during our chat, he asked me what I wanted to do when I grow up, and I said, ‘I want to work for you!’ So he said, ‘Okay!’ — and now I do!”

Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin tweeted his sentiments about the actors who voiced the most famous mice in the world for so many years.

“Never was there a more perfect piece of casting than #RussiTaylor as the voice of Minnie mouse,” Maltin wrote. “The sweetness and enthusiasm were genuine… And she and her late husband Wayne Allwine (who voiced Mickey) were a match made in heaven.”

We couldn’t agree more. Our hearts go out to the family at this time. Russi Taylor will never be forgotten and will live on as the lady behind the legend.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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