Russi Taylor provides the voice of "Birdie the Early Bird" in McDonald's TV commercials.
|Born:||May 4, 1944|
|Birthplace:||Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|as voice of Birdie the Early Bird in McDonald's TV commercials|
Russi is the current voice actress of Disney's "Minnie Mouse" character, a role which has retained since 1986, longer than any other voice actress, which includes performances in the Disney's House of Mouse and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Mickey Mousekersize and the Kingdom Hearts video game series, among many others. She also does the voices of Martin Prince, Sherri and Terri, and Üter on the animated FOX-TV series The Simpsons. She also stars as Baby Joy in the cartoon Super Why!. She also was the original voice of Strawberry Shortcake in the six 1980s TV specials.
Russi also voiced Pebbles Flintstone in The Flintstones Comedy Show for Hanna-Barbera in 1980. She also voiced such characters as the character Baby Gonzo in Muppet Babies, Nova in Twinkle, the Dream Being and Pac-Baby in the Pac-Man animated TV series. She is also the current voices of Drizella and Fairy Godmother in the Cinderella sequels, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.
Taylor also provided the voice of the main hero Widget in Widget the World Watcher and Hard Luck Duck in a What-a-Cartoon! short.
She also appears in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, where she plays Fauna and Sofia the First, alongside her Simpsons castmates, Tress MacNeille and Frank Welker (he voices the Grimace character for McDonald's TV commercials). She was nominated for an Emmy for her voice work in PBS' series Jakers! in 2006. She recently 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.
Russi was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a north Boston suburb. She was married to Wayne Allwine, the third voice of Mickey Mouse, from 1991 until his death on May 18, 2009. They were both named "Disney Legends" in 2008.
- ↑ McLellan, Dennis (2009-05-21). "Wayne Allwine, voice of Mickey Mouse, dies at 62". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2009/may/21/local/me-wayne-allwine21.
- Russi Taylor at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
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