Russi Taylor, the woman who brought joy to so many as the voice of Minnie Mouse, has died at 75.
In a statement from The Walt Disney Company, Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said, “Minnie Mouse lost her voice with the passing of Russi Taylor. 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.”
In 1986, the Cambridge, Massachusetts, native beat out 200 others to win the role of Minnie.
In a case of art imitating life, she married the man who voiced Mickey Mouse, Wayne Allwine. He passed away in 2009.
Taylor’s voice stretched beyond Disney. She gave life to Strawberry Shortcake and Pebbles Flintstone and was featured in more than 100 episodes of "The Simpsons."
Of her notoriety, Taylor once said, “I never wanted to be famous. The characters I do are famous, and that’s fine for me.”