Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
GLENDALE, Calif. — "You'll find if you're sunny, your morning is a breeze," Russi Taylor sang as Strawberry Shortcake in the character's first animated venture.
Actress Russi Taylor passed away at the age of 75. The announcement came via a statement from Walt Disney Chairman Bob Iger, but the cause of death was not revealed. Taylor was most notably the voice of Disney's Minnie Mouse.
“Minnie Mouse lost her voice with the passing of Russi Taylor,” Iger said. “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.”
Taylor was a talented artist whose acting mentor was the late Alan Young. Young also performed as a voice actor for Disney in the role of Scrooge McDuck, but he is best known for portraying Wilbur Post in the live-action television series "Mr. Ed" (1961-1966).
Russi Taylor alongside friend and mentor Alan Young. Photo credit: MouseClubHouse.com
Taylor left an indelible mark on the field of animation as she voiced a seemingly countless number of well-known animated characters for nearly four decades. Taylor's career began when first portraying the lead role of Strawberry Shortcake in the television movie "The Wonderful World of Strawberry Shortcake" (1980).
Taylor 's other animated roles over the years included Pebbles in "The Flintstone Comedy Show" (1980-1981), Barbie Winslow in "Heathcliff" (1981), Pac-Baby in "Pac-Man" (1982-1983), Laura in "The Smurfs" (1982-1989), Gonzo in "The Muppet Babies" (1984-1991) Lana Lang in "Superman" (1988) and she was the voice of Martin Prince in "The Simpsons" franchise.
Russi Taylor and husband Wayne Allwine. Photo credit: Getty Images
In what can only be described as a serendipitous turn of events, Taylor's art mirrored her real life. Taylor was married to Wayne Allwine who was coincidentally the voice of Mickey Mouse from 1977 until his death in 2009. The pair met, and later fell in love, while working on "Totally Minnie" (1988).
Farewell, to a Disney Legend: Russi Taylor (1944-2019).