Tributes pour in for the voice of Minnie Mouse, Russi Taylor

The Walt Disney company confirmed the news of her passing on Sunday 28 July. She died from colon cancer in Glendale, California at age 75.

The company said in a statement: “Through countless effervescent performances, Russi always showed an incredible talent for entertaining and improvisation. While she brought to life an illustrious cast of beloved characters during a career that spanned nearly four decades, Russi is best known as the official voice of Minnie Mouse. She first assumed the role more than 30 years ago and has given voice to Minnie in hundreds of Disney projects—from television, to theme park experiences, animated shorts, and theatrical films—no performance was too tough for Russi’s accomplished take on the divine Miss Minnie Mouse.”

Taylor also played characters in The Simpsons, including Bart’s dorky classmate Martin. She also appeared in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, playing Fauna and Sofia the First, alongside her Simpsons castmates, Tress MacNeille and Frank Welker. She was nominated for an Emmy for her voice work in PBS’ series Jakers! in 2006 and also voiced a witch in the second Scooby-Doo movie, Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King.

She married actor Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse until his death in 2009. They were both named Disney Legends in 2008.

“Minnie Mouse lost her voice with the passing of Russi Taylor,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at The Walt Disney Company. “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 honour 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.”

Tributes began pouring in for the actress all over social media during the weekend:

Source: Capricorn Review