“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 Mouse 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 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
We all love Disney’s Fashionista but this article isn’t about her voice but the person behind the voice.
On September 26th, 2019 Russi Taylor passed away in Glendale, CA. Taylor voiced the iconic Minnie Mouse for over 30 decades starting in 1986, she was chosen out of 200 applicants.
Fun Fact: Minnie had 5 voice actors before Russi Taylor took over, one of the voices being Walt Disney himself
Taylor was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 4th, 1944. Russi’s childhood dream was to work for Disney. “When I was a little girl, I was with my mom and my brother, and it was late at night at Disneyland. We had just come off the Mark Twain Riverboat and were getting some popcorn. 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!” Russi reminisced about meeting the man himself.
“I never wanted to be famous, the characters I do are famous and that’s fine for me”Russi Taylor
In the late 80s Taylor found her Mickey, Wayne Allwine, who voiced Mickey from 1977 to his death in 2009. They married in 1991 and stay together until his passing.
“I really want whoever comes after us to be aware of the history and tradition, and to love the characters as much as we do.”Russi Taylor (her and her husband voicing Mickey and Minnie Mouse)
Taylor definitely filled those yellow shoes Minnie wears. She voiced Mickey’s main girl from 1986 to her passing. In addition, she also voiced many other well-known characters in Disney shows such as Huey, Dewey, and Louie (Donald’s triplet nephews) in shorts and the 1980’s show Duck Tales, she was also in multiple TV series such as The Little Mermaid, Bonkers, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, as well Disney Junior shows Sofia the First and The Lion Guard.
She also lent her voice to secondary characters Martin Prince and Sherri and Terri (the twins) on The Simpsons and The Simpsons Movie.
Taylor’s legacy will live on forever.