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Russi Taylor, the Voice of Minnie Mouse, Passed Away and Fans Are Paying Tribute to Her Iconic Career

The prolific voice actress is being remembered for both her expansive body of work and warm personality.

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Last Friday, legendary Hollywood voice actress Russi Taylor, best known for her work as Minnie Mouse and as various characters on The Simpsons passed away at the age of 75 after a battle with colon cancer.

Taylor beat out 200 competitors to land the role of Minnie Mouse in 1986. She voiced the character in films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, various television series, and the Kingdom Hearts series of video games.

Two years into her Minnie Mouse career, Taylor met Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey. They were married from 1991 until his death in 2009. They had no children, but had an impact on an incalculable number of kids who experienced their work from a young age.

Taylor also did work as Huey, Dewey, and Louie — Donald Duck’s nephews — on Ducktales and as a bunch of classic Simpsons characters, including Üter Zörker, Sherri and Terri, and most notably Martin Prince, the precocious nerd.

Taylor’s collaborators were quick to celebrate the impact she had on them.

Ricky Roxburgh, a Disney writer, shared a completely charming video of Taylor talking to his daughter as Minnie.

Sam Riegel, a voice director on several Disney series similarly celebrated not just Taylor’s work but her welcoming nature.

Henrieke Goorhuis, a Disney animator, shared a sentiment echoed by many others: that Taylor and her husband, Mickey and Minnie themselves, were now reunited.

And it wasn’t just her Disney family who are mourning. Plenty of people from The Simpsons were equally appreciative of her work on the show.

Plenty of fans who grew up with Taylor’s work were equally appreciative of her talents.