Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie Mouse for the past 30 years, has died in California at 75 years of age, the Walt Disney company said this morning in a statement.
"Minnie Mouse has lost his voice with the death of Russi Taylor," said company president and chief executive Bob Iger in the statement as a tribute to an actress who has given voice to many characters over the past forty years but that was known worldwide for the mouse companion Mickey.
"For more than 30 years, Minnie and Russi worked together to entertain millions of people around the world, an association that has made Minne a global icon and Russi made it a legend of the Disney company, loved by all," said Iger.
Born in Massachusetts in 1944, Taylor's relationship with the Disney company has almost been for life, at least as she tells in an anecdote that happened to her when she was a child.
"When I was little, I went with my mother and my brother to Disneyland. We sat down to eat some popcorn and saw Walt (Disney) sitting on a bench. We introduced ourselves and shared our popcorn. He asked me what I wanted to do when I was older and I I replied, 'I want to work for you.' He said 'Ok' … and that's what I've done so far. "
In 1986 it was done with the voice of Minnie in competition with 200 other applicants.
It has been the voice of Minnie in films like "Who cheated Roger Rabbit", "Mickey and his brain in trouble", "Get a Horse (It's time to travel)" and "Mickey, Donald, Goofy: the three musketeers", and in television series such as "Mickey Mouse Works", "House of Mouse", "The House of Mickey Mouse", and "Mickey: adventure on wheels". EFE
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