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Russi Taylor (May 4, 1944 – July 26, 2019) was an American voice actress, who voiced many characters throughout her career. She provided the voices of Minnie Mouse from 1986 and The Simpsons character Martin Prince from 1990 until her death in 2019.

Russi Taylor
Russi Taylor (cropped).jpg
Taylor at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Born(1944-05-04)May 4, 1944
DiedJuly 26, 2019(2019-07-26) (aged 75)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, U.S.
OccupationVoice actress
Years active1980–2019
Known forVoice of Minnie Mouse (1986–2019)
The Simpsons (various voices)
DuckTales (Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby)
Spouse(s)
Wayne Allwine
(m. 1991; died 2009)

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Early lifeEdit

Taylor was born on May 4, 1944, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[1]

CareerEdit

She voiced Huey, Dewey and Louie and Webby Vanderquack in the television series DuckTales, the video game Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers and in other appearances such as in the holiday movies Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas and Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas.[2] In appearances where the three young ducks appear at an older age, such as in Mickey Mouse Works and Disney's House of Mouse, Tony Anselmo, the voice of Donald Duck, assumes Taylor's role as their voice actor. In 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 plays Clara Cluck.[3]

Taylor provided the voices of numerous characters in the animated series The Simpsons, including fourth-grade nerd Martin Prince, purple-haired twins Sherri and Terri, and German exchange student Üter.[4] On occasions, she voiced Martin's friend, Wendell. In addition, she participated in two anime dubbing projects. The first is Daisy Nohara, Max, Cheetah and Shin's Grandmother (Tsuru Nohara) in the English Vitello dub of Crayon Shin-chan, while the other is the voice of Otama in Disney's re-dubbing of Pom Poko.[5]

She was the original voice of Strawberry Shortcake in the six 1980s television specials.[6]

She voiced Pebbles Flintstone in The Flintstone Comedy Show for Hanna-Barbera in 1980.[7] Taylor was also the voice of Baby Gonzo in Muppet Babies, Nova in Twinkle, the Dream Being, Pac-Baby in the television series Pac-Man, the high-pitched Nurses that were mice in The Rescuers Down Under, Melissa in the Pound Puppies episode Garbage Night: The Musical, Queen Rosedust in My Little Pony, and her last non-Disney role was Birdie the Early Bird in McDonaldland commercials. She was also the voice of Drizella and the Fairy Godmother in the Cinderella sequels, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.[8]

Taylor also provided the voice of the main hero Widget in Widget the World Watcher[9] and Hard Luck Duck in a What-a-Cartoon! short.[10]

She also appeared in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, playing Fauna and Sofia the First, alongside her Simpsons castmates, Tress MacNeille and Frank Welker. She was nominated for an Emmy for her voice work in PBS' series Jakers! in 2006. She also voiced a witch in her second Scooby-Doo movie, Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King. Taylor also replaced Jeanette Nolan (who died in 1998) as Widow Tweed in The Fox and the Hound 2.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Russi Taylor's first husband Dr. Robert Taylor, Computer Music composer pioneer was married to her until 1991.[12] She was married to Wayne Allwine, the third voice of Mickey Mouse, from 1991 until his death on May 18, 2009.[13][14] They were both named Disney Legends in 2008.[15]

DeathEdit

Taylor died from colon cancer on July 26, 2019, at her home in Glendale, California, at the age of 75.[1][16]

Disney's chairman and CEO, Bob Iger, paid tribute to Russi saying: "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."[17] Bill Farmer also paid tribute by saying: "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."[18]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role(s) Notes
1980 The Private Eyes Doll
1986 My Little Pony: The Movie Morning Glory
Rosedust
Skunk
Bushwoolie
Credited as Russie Taylor
The Adventures of the American Rabbit Mother
Lamb
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Minnie Mouse
Birds
1990 Jetsons: The Movie Fergie Furbelow
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Huey
Dewey
Louie
Webby
The Rescuers Down Under Nurse Mouse
1995 Babe Duchess the Cat
1998 Babe: Pig in the City The Pink Poodle
Choir Cat
2000 Fantasia 2000 Daisy Duck Scream only
2005 Pom Poko Otama English dub
2007 The Simpsons Movie Martin Prince

Direct-to-videoEdit

Year Title Role
1989 The Adventures of Ronald McDonald: McTreasure Island Birdie, Parrot
1990 Disney Sing-Along Songs: Disneyland Fun Minnie Mouse
1994–1995 Mickey's Fun Songs series Minnie Mouse
1995 The Tale of Tillie's Dragon Pie Lady
1998 The Spirit of Mickey Minnie Mouse
1998 The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Robbie
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Minnie Mouse, Huey, Dewey, Louie
2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Minnie Mouse
2002 Cinderella II: Dreams Come True Fairy Godmother, Mary, Beatrice, Daphne, Countess Le Grande, Drizella Tremaine
Mickey's House of Villains Minnie Mouse
2004 Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Minnie Mouse
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Minnie Mouse, Huey, Dewey, Louie
Nine Dog Christmas Little Girl, Agnes Anne
2006 The Fox and the Hound 2 Widow Tweed
2007 Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Fairy Godmother, Drizella Tremaine
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams Fauna
2008 Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King The Owl Witch, Tiddlywink
2015 The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! Pebbles Flintstone

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1980 The World of Strawberry Shortcake Strawberry Shortcake
1980–1982 The Flintstone Comedy Show Pebbles Flintstone, Cavemouse 19 episodes
1980–1982 Heathcliff Barbie Winslow 13 episodes
1981–1989 The Smurfs Smoogle
1981 Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City Strawberry Shortcake
1982 Strawberry Shortcake: Pets on Parade Strawberry Shortcake
1982 The Little Rascals Dolly
1982 Christmas Comes to Pac-Land Baby Pac
1982–1983 Pac-Man Pac-Baby 17 episodes
1983 Peter and the Magic Egg Lollichop
1983 Strawberry Shortcake: Housewarming Surprise Strawberry Shortcake
1983 Dungeons & Dragons Amber the Fairie Dragon
1984 Strawberry Shortcake and the Baby Without a Name Strawberry Shortcake
1984 Strawberry Shortcake Meets the Berrykins Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberrykin
1984–1991 Muppet Babies Gonzo, Camilla, Robin 107 episodes
1985, 1994 ABC Weekend Special Hasy, Leota Episode: "The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin"
Episode: "The Magic Flute"
1985 Kissyfur Miss Emmy Lou, Beehonie, Toot, Cackle Sister, Donna
1985 Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears Madame Placebo
1986 My Little Pony Rosedust, Cupcake, Morning Glory
1986 Glo Friends Glo Cappy
1987 Sport Goofy in Soccermania Huey, Dewey, Louie, Grandma Duck Special
1987 Blondie and Dagwood Cora Dithers, Mrs. Hannon
1987 D-TV series Minnie Mouse, Dalmatian Puppies
1987–1988 Little Clowns of Happytown Ralphie 18 episodes
1987–1988 Yogi's Treasure Hunt Penelope Pitstop and Candy Girl Episode: "Snow White & The Seven Treasure Hunters"
Episode: "The Greed Monster"
1987–1990 DuckTales Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby 93 episodes
1988 Totally Minnie Minnie Mouse
1988 Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School Phantasma Special
1988 Superman Lana Lang (young)
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday Minnie Mouse
1989–1990 Dink, the Little Dinosaur Squirt
1989 Blondie & Dagwood: Second Wedding Workout Cora Dithers
1989–2019 The Simpsons Lewis, Sherri, Terri, Wendell Borton, Martha Prince, Martin Prince, Uter Zorker, Dr. Hibbert's daughter, Sydney Swift 193 episodes
1990–1992 Widget the World Watcher Widget
1990 Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue Gonzo, Huey, Dewey, and Louie
1990–1996 What-A-Mess Esmeralda
1991–1993 Mr. Bogus Brattus, Dust Bullies
1992 Capitol Critters Bluebird
1992–1994 The Little Mermaid Pearl's Mom
1993–1994 Twinkle, the Dream Being Nova
1993–1994 Bonkers Missing Toon Kid
1993 Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby Baby Pebbles Flintsone Television film
1993 The Magic Paintbrush Haley
1993 Biker Mice from Mars Weathermeister Episode: "Chill Zone"
1994–1995 The Critic Penny Tompkins, Effeminate Kid 10 episodes
1994 Aladdin Woman
1994 A Flintstones Christmas Carol Pebbles Flintsone Special
1994–1995 The Baby Huey Show Momma
1995–1999 Timon and Pumbaa Fairy
1995–1997 What a Cartoon! Baby, Hard Luck Duck
1995–1996 The Hot Rod Dogs and Cool Car Cats Carbs, Jag 7 episodes
1996 Quack Pack Helga Needlehofer
1998–2019 The Magical World of Walt Disney Minnie Mouse
1999 The Wild Thornberrys Inga
1999–2000 Mickey Mouse Works Minnie Mouse, Clara Cluck
2000–2001 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Becky, Old Lady
2001–2003 Disney's House of Mouse Minnie Mouse, Clara Cluck, Fairy Godmother, Duchess, Fauna, Toothpaste Commercial Boy 51 episodes
2001–02 Shin Chan Various characters Vitello dub[19]
2003 Kim Possible Rocket Booster #2
2003–2004 Clifford's Puppy Days Mrs. Zablione, Tricsie
2003 Mickeypalooza Minnie Mouse Television special
2003 Pizza Herself
2003–2007 Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks Fernando "Ferny" Toro, Annie Winks, Mom 46 episodes
2005 Teen Titans Melvin, Timmy
2006–2016 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Minnie Mouse, Quoodles 121 episodes
2011–2016 Minnie's Bow-Toons Minnie Mouse 40 episodes
2011–16 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Never Bird, Gilly, Hermit Crab 16 episodes
2012 Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess Fauna
2013 Sofia the First Fauna, Cedric's Mother, Mrs. Higgins
2013 Wheel of Fortune Minnie Mouse Making Disney Memories Week
2013–2019 Mickey Mouse Minnie Mouse, Huey, Dewey, Louie 61 episodes
2016 The Lion Guard Muhanga the Aardvark and Mbuni the Ostrich 8 episodes
2017–2019 Mickey and the Roadster Racers Minnie Mouse 49 episodes
2018 Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure Florina, Lorb Guard
2018 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Phantasma Episode: "Monster Party"
2018 DuckTales Young Donald Duck Episode: "Last Christmas"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
1990 DuckTales: The Quest for Gold Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby
1992 King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow Celeste
1993 Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness Tanya Markarov
1996 The Simpsons Cartoon Studio Martin Prince
1997 The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield Martin Prince
1997 101 Dalmatians Animated StoryBook Lucky, Nanny
1998 My Disney Kitchen Minnie Mouse
1999 Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned Simone
2000 Mickey Mouse Preschool Minnie Mouse, Huey, Dewey, Louie
2000 Mickey Mouse Kindergarten Minnie Mouse
2000 Mickey Mouse Toddler Minnie Mouse
2000 The Flintstones: Bedrock Bowling Pebbles Flintstone
2000 Donald Duck Goin' Quackers Huey, Dewey, Louie
2001 Disney Learning: Phonics Quest Minnie Mouse
2002 Disney Learning Adventure: Search for the Secret Keys Minnie Mouse
2002 Kingdom Hearts Minnie Mouse
2002 Disney Golf Minnie Mouse
2002 Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows Huey, Dewey, Louie
2002 Disney Sports Soccer Minnie Mouse, Huey, Dewey, Louie
2002 Disney Sports Skateboarding Minnie Mouse
2002 Disney Sports Football Minnie Mouse, Huey, Dewey, Louie
2002 Disney Sports Basketball Minnie Mouse, Huey, Dewey, Louie
2003 Disney's Party Minnie Mouse
2003 Disney's Hide and Sneak Minnie Mouse
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Minnie Mouse, Fauna
2007 Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey Fairy Godmother, Student Crab
2007 The Simpsons Game Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri, Uter Zorker
2008 Disney Think Fast Minnie Mouse
2010 Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Minnie Mouse, Drizella Tremaine, Fairy Godmother, Fauna, Huey, Dewey, Louie
2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures Minnie Mouse
2012 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Minnie Mouse
2013 DuckTales: Remastered Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby
2013 Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Minnie Mouse
2014 Disney Magical World Minnie Mouse
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Minnie Mouse[20]
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Huey, Dewey, and Louie

Theme park attractionsEdit

Year Title Role
2003 Mickey's PhilharMagic Minnie Mouse (unseen)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result
2005 DVDX Award Best Animated Character Performance Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Nominated
2005 Annie Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks Nominated
2006 Emmy Award Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks Nominated
2007 Emmy Award Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks Nominated
2007 Annie Awards Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks Nominated
2008 Disney Legend Award Animation - Voice Won
2012 BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Short Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess Nominated
2013 BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Children's/Educational Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Nominated
2013 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Comedy/Musical The Simpsons Nominated
2014 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Children's/Educational Mickey Mouse Nominated
2014 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Comedy/Musical Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Won
2014 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Children's/Educational Jake and the Neverland Pirates Nominated
2014 NAVGTR Award Best Performance in a Comedy, Supporting DuckTales: Remastered Nominated
2015 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Comedy/Musical Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Nominated
2015 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Comedy/Musical Minnie's Bow-Toons Nominated
2018 Emmy Awards Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular! Nominated

ReferencesEdit

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  20. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.

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Preceded by
Ruth Clifford
Voice of Minnie Mouse
1986–2019
Succeeded by
TBA