Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie Mouse for over 30 years, has died at the age of 75 in Glendale, CA, according to a statement released by The Walt Disney Company.
Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, released this statement after her passing: “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.”
— Disney Animation (@DisneyAnimation) July 27, 2019
Taylor voiced Minnie Mouse ever since she won the role in 1986, beating out around 200 other actresses. As Minnie Mouse, she lent her voice to many films including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Runaway Brain, Get a Horse!, and Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, as well as the television shows Mickey MouseWorks, House of Mouse, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Mickey and the Roadster Racers. She also voice acted in TV roles outside the Minnie Mouse character, including Ducktales, The Smurfs, Paddington Bear, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Simpsons.
Taylor was married to her husband, Wayne Allwine, the second voice of Mickey Mouse starting in 1977 until he died in 2009. Our deepest condolences to Taylor’s friends and family at this difficult time.