Taylor voiced multiple iconic characters in her life including Martin Prince from 'The Simpsons' and DuckTales' Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby.
The cheerful bright light which brought smiles on billions of faces for decades is no longer with us. Russi Taylor, Disney's official voice actor who has been voicing our favorite mouse Minnie for more than 30 years, has sadly passed away. She was 75-years-old when she breathed her last at Glendale home in Southern California on July 26 due to colon cancer, as reported by The New York Times.
Bob Iger, Disney's CEO, has issued a statement on her passing away, "Minnie Mouse lost her voice with the passing of Russi Taylor. 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," he added. Other than playing Minnie, she was also the voice behind DuckTales' Huey, Dewey and Louie and Webby Vanderquack. She played Minnie in multiple Disney movies as well and yes, she is the voice which comes in your head when you think about Minnie.
What a huge loss of one of the legends and true founding icons of animation voiceover with the passing of #RussiTaylor - the voice of Minnie Mouse, Martin Prince from The Simpsons, Muppet Baby Gonzo, Huey Dewey and Louie and so many more. RIP pic.twitter.com/I2B8FBN9SO— Rove McManus (@Rove) July 28, 2019
In addition to these, Taylor voiced (Morning Glory, Rosedust, Skunk, and Bushwoolie) in My Little Pony: The Movie, The Adventures of the American Rabbit, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Jetsons: The Movie, The Rescuers Down Under, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, Babe, Babe: Pig in the City, Fantasia 2000 (Daisy Duck), Pom Poko, and her last iconic role was Martin Prince from The Simpsons movie.
RIP Russi Taylor.— Dead Homer Society (@deadhomers) July 28, 2019
Her geode will always be acknowledged. pic.twitter.com/uDg9MpioUQ
She first played Minnie back in the early '80s where she met Wayne Allwine, the voice actor for Mickey for over 30 years as well. The two fell in love and eventually got married. So yeah, in case you didn't know the real-life Mickey married real-life Minnie and it is the cutest thing ever.
Wayne passed away in 2009 due to diabetes. Russi never remarried and the couple doesn't have children but they surely have been making kids' childhood better for decades.
10 years ago we lost Wayne Allwine, voice of Mickey Mouse who was the real life husband of Russi Taylor, voice of Minnie. God knows how hard it must’ve been for Russi to call someone else Minnie the past 10 years. Today, Mickey and Minnie are together again. #RIPRussiTaylor ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3na0JhNM5m— Iguanodon (@TFPDocBot) July 27, 2019
Taylor was still active at multiple Disney events like Mickey's Boo to You Halloween Parade at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Mickey Mouse Works and in Disney's House of Mouse. She played Clara Cluck there.
She also played roles in the English dub of Shin-Chan. She was the original voice of Strawberry Shortcake and also voiced Pebbles Flinstone in the series The Flinstones. She voiced Drizella and the Fairy Godmother in the Cinderella sequels, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time and played Widow Tweed in The Fox and the Hound 2.
Russell “Russi” Taylor- 5/4/44-7/26/19— 80sThen80sNow (@80sThen80sNow) July 28, 2019
The 1980s just Lost a HUGE ICON over the last 24 Hours. Russi voiced so many of our beloved Cartoons.
McDonald’s Birdie the Early Bird, Minnie Mouse, Strawberry Shortcake, Muppet Babies Gonzo, DuckTales- Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby, pic.twitter.com/Vapk0HWUih
Bill Farmer aka Disney's Goofy paid a tribute to the Disney legend, "Russi was as close as family; as wonderful, funny, and sweet as Minnie Mouse, and as talented yet humble as you would expect, I will deeply and dearly miss her.” Rest in peace Russi! Minnie and Mickey Mouse are together in heaven now.