Russi Taylor Biography

Russi Taylor was an acclaimed American voice actor, famous as the official voice of the famous Disney character ‘Minnie Mouse.’ Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, career, and achievements.

Russi Taylor
Quick Facts

Birthday: May 4, 1944

Nationality: American

Famous: Voice Actors American Women

Died At Age: 75

Sun Sign: Taurus

Born Country: United States

Born in: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Famous as: Voice Actress

Height: 5'1" (155 cm), 5'1" Females

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Spouse/Ex-: Wayne Allwine (m. 1991)

Died on: July 26, 2019

place of death: Glendale, California, United States

U.S. State: Massachusetts

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Russi Taylor was an acclaimed American voice actor, famous as the official voice of ‘Minnie Mouse’ (the Disney Character), and the voice of ‘Martin Prince’ from the ‘The Simpsons.’ The talented voice actor had provided voice to innumerable characters during her long career of nearly 4 decades. Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she desired to work for ‘Disney’ since her childhood. In the beginning, she voiced ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ in 6 ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ specials, and also worked for ‘Hanna-Barbera.’ After winning an audition for the role of ‘Minnie Mouse,’ she became the voice of ‘Minnie’ for over 30 years in numerous Disney projects. She also voiced other Disney characters, including ‘Huey, Dewey, Louie’ and others. She was the voice of ‘Martin Prince’ and twins, ‘Sherri’ and ‘Terri,’ in ‘The Simpsons.’ Apart from these well-known characters, Taylor had given voice to several other characters in projects such as ‘Muppet Babies,’ ‘The Smurfs,’ ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Flintstones,’ etc. Taylor was married to Wayne Allwine, who voiced ‘Mickey Mouse’; the two were named ‘Disney Legends.’ She died of colon cancer at 75.

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Russi Taylor
Childhood & Early Life
  • Taylor was born on May 4, 1944, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She wanted to work for ‘Disney’ since childhood and had expressed her wish to Walt Disney during her visit to ‘Disneyland’ with her mother and brother.
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Career
  • Taylor moved to California in 1970, and wished to become a film actor, but she found the work quite tedious and turned towards voice acting instead.
  • One of her initial assignments was ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ where she voiced the character Ted and ‘Georgette’s Baby.’ During the 80s, she did voice work for ‘Hanna-Barbera.’
  • In 1980, she lent her voice to ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ in the TV special ‘The World of Strawberry Shortcake.’ The same year, she voiced ‘Doll’ in the comedy-mystery film ‘The Private Eyes’ and voiced ‘Cave mouse’ and ‘Pebble Flintstone’ for the series ‘The Flintstone Comedy Show’ (1980-1982). She gave her voice to ‘Barbie Winslow’ for the comic-strip series ‘Heathcliff’ (1980-1982).
  • In 1981, Taylor began working on ‘Hanna-Barbera Productions’ animated fantasy-comedy series ‘The Smurfs’ (1981-1989), as the voice of ‘Smoogle.’ This was followed by five more ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ specials.
  • Taylor was the voice of ‘Pac-Baby’ in Hanna-Barbera animated series ‘Pac-Man’ (1982-1983), and voiced ‘Dolly’ in ‘The Little Rascals’ (1982). For the acclaimed CBS series ‘Muppet Babies’ (1984-1991), she gave her voice to ‘Gonzo,’ ‘Camilla,’ and ‘Robin.’
  • Taylor lent her voice to TV series ‘The Littles’ (1983) and ‘Saturday Supercade’ (1983). She also gave her voice to the TV film ‘My Little Pony’ (1984) and the series ‘My Little Pony ‘n Friends’ (1986).
  • In 1985, she worked for a video short ‘Five Sesame Short (street) Stories.' She voiced ‘Fairy Dragon’ in the series ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ and ‘Hilda’ in the series ‘The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo.’
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  • In 1986, Taylor appeared for an audition for the role of ‘Minnie Mouse,’ and she bagged the role from over 200 other candidates. When Taylor became ‘Minnie’s voice,’ with her incredible talent and sparkling, lively performances, she turned the character into a global icon and herself became a ‘Disney Legend.’ She voiced ‘Minnie’ for more than 30 years in countless Disney projects on TV, theatrical, animation short films, and theme park experiences.
  • Taylor was the voice of ‘Minnie Mouse’ in films ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ (1988), ‘Runaway Brain’ (1995), ‘Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers’ (2004), and ‘Get a Horse!’ (2013). She lent her voice to ‘Minnie’ in several video shorts, including ‘Disney Sing-along Songs’ (1993), ‘Mickey’s Fun Songs’ (1994), ‘The Spirited Mickey’ (1998), ‘Mickey’s New Car’ (1999), ‘Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas’ (1999), ‘Mickey’s House of Villains’ (2001), ‘Mickey’s Magical Christmas’ (2001), ‘Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas’ (2004); ‘Mickey’s Around the World in 80 Days’ (2005); ‘Mickey’s Treat’ (2007) and ‘Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland’ (2009).
  • Taylor gave her voice to ‘Minnie’ in numerous TV series/movies, including – ‘Totally Minnie’ (1988), ‘Mickey’s 60th Birthday’ (1988), ‘Mickey Reeling Through the Years’ (1995), ‘Mickey Mouse Works’ (1999-2001), ‘House of Mouse’ (2001-2002), ‘Minnie’s Bow Toons’ (2011-2016), ‘Mickey Mouse Club-House’ (2006-2016), ‘Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Nutty Tales’ (2017), ‘Mickey and the Roadster Racers’ (2017-2019), and the award-winning series ‘Mickey Mouse’ (2013-2019).
  • Apart from ‘Minnie Mouse,’ Taylor also gave voice to several other ‘Disney’ characters, such as ‘Donald Duck’s’ three nephews, ‘Huey, Dewey and Louie.’ These projects included ‘Duck Tales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp’ (1990), TV series ‘DuckTales’ (1987-1990) and ‘The Magical World of Disney’ (1989-1990). She also lent her voice to video games, including ‘DuckTales: Video Games’ (1990) and ‘Donald Duck Going Quackers’ (2000).
  • Taylor is also known as the voice of ‘Martin Prince’ and the twins, ‘Sherri’ and ‘Terri,’ from ‘The Simpsons.’ She gave her voice to these characters in the video game ‘The Simpsons, Cartoon Studio’ (1996), ‘The Simpson Movie’ (2007), and in the series ‘The Simpsons’ (1990-2019).
  • Apart from the various ‘Disney’ characters, Taylor had also voiced many other characters in several other projects. She gave her voice to ‘Birdie’ in the ‘Mcdonaldland’ (1980-2000) and to ‘Lana Lang’ in TV series ‘Superman’ (1988). She worked for ‘The Smurfs’ (1982-1989), and the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ (1989). She gave her vice to multiple characters in ‘Fantastic Max’ (1988-1989) and ‘Timeless Tales from Hallmark’ (1990).
  • Taylor lent her voice to the ‘Second Mom’ in ‘Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers’ (1990) and to ‘Fergie Furbelow’ in ‘Jetsons: The Movie’ (1990). She was the voice of ‘Nurse Mouse’ in Disney’s ‘The Rescuers Down Under’ (1990), and provided her voice to multiple characters in ‘Adventures of the Gummi Bears’ (1991), ‘TaleSpin’ (1991), and ‘Mr. Bogus’ (1991-1992.) She voiced the ‘Widget’ in ‘Widget the World Watcher’ (1990-1991).
  • For the series ’The Little Mermaid’ (1992-1993), Taylor voiced for ‘Triton’s Daughters’ and ‘Pearl’s Mom,’ whereas for the ‘ABC Weekend Specials’ (1983-1994) she lent her voice to ‘Hasy’ and ‘Leota.’ For the TV-movie ‘Flintstones Christmas Carol’ (1994), she gave her voice to ‘Pebbles Flintstone,’ and ‘Duchess the Cat’ in the movie ‘Babe’ (1995).
  • Taylor’s many other series included ‘The Critic’ (1995), ‘The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat’ (1995-1996), ‘Zorro’ (1997-1998), and ‘Jake and the Neverland Pirates’ (2011-2014). Her work in ‘Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks’ (2003-2007) earned her Emmy nominations.
  • In 2008, Taylor and her husband, Wayne Allwine, were named ‘Disney Legends.’
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Family & Personal Life
  • Taylor met Wayne Allwine, the voice of ‘Mickey Mouse’ since 1977, while working on ‘Totally Minnie,’ in 1988. The two got married in 1991, and remained together till his death in 2009.
  • On July 26, 2019, Taylor died of colon cancer at Glendale, California.
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