The icon, Russi Taylor, who has been the voice of Minnie mouse for more than 30 years died aged 75. her voice has been nostalgic to all the people who were fans of the Disney cartoon character.
Reports confirm that the voice artist died in Glendale, California. she not only did give voice to Minnie mouse but provided voice-overs for many animation movie/ tv series. the shrill voice of Minnie mouse has been iconic and Taylor’s death seems a huge set back to the lovers of giggly voiced Minnie. In the famous The Simpsons, she has given voice to martin, who was Bart’s classmate. other than this, she also gave her voice to characters in classics like The little mermaid, Kim possible, TaleSpin.
Russi Taylor was born on 4th May 1944, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. during her audition, she was selected amongst 200 candidates to play the role of Minnie mouse.
The on-screen duo of mickey mouse and Minnie was strikingly voiced over by Wayne Allwine and Taylor, who happens to be real-life couples. until 2009, both the old lovers gave voice overs to the Disney mouse partners, when Wayne died. Disney acknowledges this bond as they said:” as inseparable as their animated counterparts until Wayne’s death.”
the chief executive person and chairman of Disney, Bob Iger expressed his condolence to Taylor by grieving as he gave a statement that released on Saturday. He pays the lady tribute as he states-
“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.”
he adds further ” WE take comfort in the knowledge that her work will continue to entertain and inspire for generations to come.”
the famous voice-over artist, as sweet in real life, as her on-screen voice-over character, wished that anyone who gives their voice to the duo in future, “love the characters as much as we do”. her humbleness shall be remembered by her words as she said ” I never wanted to be famous. the characters I do are famous and that’s fine for me.”
The legend who voiced Minnie mouse for more than three decades shall rest in peace.