She was probably one of the most famous voices of your childhood. But chances are, you never even knew her name.
But now, you will.
Russi Taylor, who was best known for being the voice of Minnie Mouse, passed away on Saturday (July 27). She was 75 years old at the time of the death.
“Minnie Mouse lost her voice with the passing of Russi Taylor,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company in a statement to People magazine. “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.”
Taylor was in fact married to the late Wayne Allwine, who coincidentally was the actor who voiced none other than the character of Mickey Mouse.
It really is a family affair when it comes to anything Disney.
“Russi was as close as family; as wonderful, funny, and sweet as Minnie Mouse, and as talented yet humble as you would expect,” said Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy said in a statement. “I will deeply and dearly miss her.”
We send our heartfelt condolences to all those who mourn the passing of Taylor.