Russi Taylor, the voice behind Minnie Mouse, dies at 75? Reason Behind Death not Yet Revealed.


Veteran voice artist Russi Taylor who was the official voice of Disney’s Minnie Mouse for over three decades died in Glendale, California, confirmed Disney on Saturday. She was 75.

The cause of her death was not revealed. Since 1986, Taylor provided voice-over for Minnie Mouse in animated TV series, films, etc. She has also played characters in The Simpsons including Bart’s dorky classmate Martin. Other notable characters she has given her voice include Strawberry Shortcake, Pebbles Flintstone. Her magnificent career as a voice-over artist spanned for about four decades.

Taylor was selected from amongst 200 candidates for the voice of Minnie Mouse at an audition in 1986. She met her real-life Mickey and married him in 1991. It was none other than Wayne Allwine who had voiced Mickey Mouse since 1977 till his death in 2009. The couple remained as inseparable as their animated counterparts until Wayne’s death.

“Minnie Mouse lost her voice with the passing of Russi Taylor,” said Disney’s CEO Bob Iger, ” We take comfort in the knowledge that her work will continue to entertain and inspire for generations to come,” he continued.

The Massachusetts native said that she met Walt Disney as a girl on a visit to Disneyland, she stated according to Disney:

” At one point in our chat, he asked me what I wanted to do when I grow up, and I said that ‘ I want to work for you,’ and he said ‘okay’ and now I do.”

Named as a Disney legend in 2008, Taylor once said that she hoped that whoever succeeds her and her husband ” loved the character as much as we do.”

“I never wanted to be famous,” Taylor once said according to Disney, ” The characters I do are famous and that’s fine for me.”


The news of her death has flooded the internet with tributes from several celebrities as well as fans.