The man who served as the voice of Mickey mouse for over 30 years, Wayne Allwine, was married to the woman who voices Minnie Mouse, Russi Taylor. Who knew, right? The two were married for nearly two decades until Wayne Allwine passed away in 2009. He was only 62. It wasn’t until the announcement of his passing that many in the public began to realize he was married to the woman who voiced his love interest on the big screen.
So how did the two get their jobs and meet? A Southern California native, Allwine first joined Disney in 1966 as a clerk in the mail room. He later moved to work in the sound production department before landing the gig of Mickey Mouse’s voice, the third person to do so. (Walt Disney was the first voice, but his smoking habit damaged his vocal chords and he eventually stepped away from voice acting. Sound effects guru, and Allwine’s mentor, British voice actor Jimmy MacDonald was the second person to voice Mickey.) Allwine got the job thanks to an open voice audition after another actor failed to show up. He claimed he simply did his best to conjure up Mickey’s voice from memory. Seems to have worked.
Allwine’s wife, Russi, also known as Rosslyn, has served as the voice of Mickey’s girlfriend, Minnie, since 1986 after she auditioned for the role and got it. She is the longest-running performer for that character today. Russi has made a living as a voice actress since 1977. Although she is best known for her bashful giggles and bringing Minnie to life, among other roles she also famously voiced Scrooge’s grand-nephews, Huey, Duey & Louie, the identical triplets on the classic animated show Ducktales, as well as Martin Prince, Sherri and Terri (the purple haired twins), and the German exchange student Üter on The Simpsons.
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