The actress Russi Taylor, who pronounced both Disney's Minnie Mouse and Martin Prince on The Simpsons died on Friday at the age of 75, reports Variety.
Taylor was born in 1944 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her off-career began in the 1970s with Toys R Us ads, in which she appeared as a member of the family of Geoffrey the Giraffe. In 1979, gave her the Sears Radio Theater an early lead role as a 14-year-old who begins to remember her earlier lives in an episode loosely playing in The Exorcist . In 1980, she starred in Strawberry Shortcake in Kenner Toys' television show "The World of Strawberry Shortcake" (19459014), a role she repeated in Strawberry Shortcake's annual television specials. Taylor's CV this decade is a depressing reminder of the extent to which animation at the time revolved around toy advertising disguised as entertainment: it also appears in a myriad of my-little-pony properties, the Pound Puppies ] TV series, and even a series dedicated to the now completely forgotten toy franchise that was The Glo-Friends .
In 1986, she landed her signature role and hit 200 other contestants in an audition to deliver Minnie Mouse's voice. Taylor was the seventh person to officially speak Minnie and the last link in a chain dating back to Walt Disney. At Disney, Taylor also voiced Huey, Dewey and Louie in DuckTales and took on roles in a variety of spin-offs and direct-to-video such as the Little Mermaid TV show and The fox and the dog 2 . She also met her second husband at Disney: Wayne Allwine, who has voiced Mickey Mouse for over thirty years. Allwine and Taylor, who used to perform together at Disney events, were married from 1991 until the death of Allwine in 2009. Robert Iger, CEO of Disney, released the following statement to honor Taylor's legacy: