Taylor died on Friday in Glendale (California). Bob Iger, president, and CEO of Disney reported on Saturday night in a statement: “Minnie Mouse lost its vocals with the death of Russi Taylor. For more than 30 years, Minnie and Russi have worked together to entertain millions of people around the world – a partnership that made Minnie a global symbol, and from Russi, a Disney legend, loved by fans all over the place. ”
“We are grateful for Russi’s talent, as well as for the joy and energy that he has brought in all he has done. It was a privilege to know her and an honor to work with her, and we console ourselves knowing that her work will continue to entertain and inspire future generations, “concluded Iger, who conveyed condolences to the actress’s family.
Taylor is recognized as the official voice of Minnie Mouse, a role he received in 1986, after winning an audition involving 200 people. After taking on the character, he worked on hundreds of other Disney projects, including TV shows, amusement park events, and animated shorts.
Working for Disney, Taylor met the man who was to become his husband, Wayne Allwine, who borrowed the voice of Mickey Mouse in 1977. The two married in 1991 and stayed together until Allwine’s death, in 2009.
Like Minnie Mouse, she appears in episodes such as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Runaway Brain”, “Get a Horse!” And “Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers,” Mickey MouseWorks, of Mouse, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Mickey and the Roadster Racers.
Throughout her career, she also featured characters such as Nurse Mouse in “The Rescuers Down Under” and Donald Duck’s grandchildren – Huey, Dewey, and Louie – in the animated “Ducktales” series. Outside Disney, she gave voice to Martin Prince and Sherri and Terri in The Simpsons.