The voice of Minnie Mouse, Russi Taylor died at the age of 75 on Friday. She had also voiced Donald Duck’s nephews and their friend in the original Duck Tales
Glendale: Russi Taylor, the voice of the character Minnie Mouse, died on Friday in Glendale, California. Taylor, who was married to the late voice actor, Wayne Allwine, the voice behind Mickey Mouse, passed away at the age of 75.
Chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger, reportedly said that Minnie Mouse lost her voice with the passing of Russi Taylor.
Iger reportedly said that for more than 30 years, Minnie and Russi worked together to entertain millions around the world and that it was a partnership that made Minnie a global icon and Russi a Disney legend beloved by fans everywhere. He concluded by saying that Russi will be sorely missed and that their hearts go out to her family and friends, along with their deepest condolences.
Taylor voiced Minnie in many projects across various platforms, including television, theme park experiences, animated shorts and theatrical films.
Taylor was reportedly a big fan of Disney since childhood before she voiced Minnie.
According to the company, she said that she met Walt at Disneyland. She, along with her mother and brother had just come off the Mark Twain Riverboat and were getting some popcorn. She looked over and saw Walt sitting on a bench, so they introduced themselves and shared their popcorn with him.
At some point in the conversation, he reportedly asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up and she said then that she wanted to work for him. And she did.
Taylor also dubbed for Donald Duck's nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and their friend Webbigail Vanderquack in the original 'DuckTales' animated series, besides Minnie.
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