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Marcellite Garner was an American artist and voice actress. She is most remembered as the first regular voice of Minnie Mouse during her time working at Walt Disney Productions and has been partially credited with defining Minnie's personality.

Garner was born in Redlands, California in 1910 and attended night classes at John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in where she studied art.

Garner started working at Disney on February 17, 1930, after interviewing the previous year. She worked in the ink and paint department, first working as a cel painter and later as an inker. The studio at the time was a small organization of about 35 employees. After Garner had been working for about six months, she auditioned for the voice of Minnie Mouse at the studio's sound stage, then located on Melrose Avenue. Because Minnie was to play a Mexican in the upcoming film, The Cactus Kid, Burt Gillett had asked the Ink and Paint department, which was entirely women, if anyone could speak Spanish. Only Garner and another woman responded, and when the other woman was unwilling to sing, Garner was cast for the role. She went on to voice Minnie in more than 40 films over a decade. Occasionally Garner also provided additional voices, such as cat meows (Three Orphan Kittens), dog barking, and crowd noises.

During the Disney animators' strike of 1941, Garner shot home video of the picket lines in color. Some of this footage appears in the 2001 documentary Walt – The Man Behind the Myth. Garner was sympathetic to the studio during the strike, commenting "I couldn't see that we were not being treated fairly. People weren't so union oriented then I guess." She described the atmosphere at the studio as "one big family" before the studio was unionized.

Garner worked at the Disney studio off and on for 12 years, during which she also did work for some other studios, including Walter Lantz Productions. In 1941, she permanently quit her job at Disney to devote more time to her children.

She died twenty-three days after her 83rd birthday.

Disney filmography

Year Film Role
1930 The Cactus Kid Minnie Mouse
1930 The Fire Fighters Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1930 Midnight in a Toy Shop Spider / Dolls
1930 The Shindig Minnie Mouse
Clarabelle Cow - uncredited
1930 Night Moon
1930 Monkey Melodies Female Monkey
1930 The Gorilla Mystery Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1930 The Picnic Minnie Mouse
1930 Winter Mr. Groundhog's Scream
1930 Pioneer Days Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1931 The Birthday Party Minnie Mouse
1931 Traffic Troubles Minnie Mouse
1931 The China Plate Chinese Girl
1931 The Delivery Boy Minnie Mouse
1931 Mickey Steps Out Minnie Mouse
1931 The Cat's Out Owls
1931 Blue Rhythm Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1931 Egyptian Melodies Spider Scream
1931 The Barnyard Broadcast Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1931 The Beach Party Minnie Mouse
1931 Mickey Cuts Up Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1931 Mickey's Orphans Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1932 The Grocery Boy Minnie Mouse
1932 Barnyard Olympics Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1932 Mickey's Revue Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1932 Musical Farmer Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1932 Mickey in Arabia Minnie Mouse
1932 Mickey's Nightmare Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1932 King Neptune Mermaids - uncredited
1932 The Whoopee Party Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1932 The Wayward Canary Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1932 The Klondike Kid Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1933 Building a Building Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1933 Mickey's Pal Pluto Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1933 Mickey's Mellerdrammer Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1933 Ye Olden Days Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1933 The Mail Pilot Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1933 Mickey's Gala Premier Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1933 Mickey's Mechanical Man Minnie Mouse
1933 Puppy Love Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1933 The Steeple-Chase Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1933 The Pet Store Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1933 Giantland Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1934 Shanghaied Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1934 Camping Out Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1934 Mickey's Steam-Roller Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1934 Orphan's Benefit Orphans
1934 Mickey Plays Papa Elmer
1934 Two-Gun Mickey Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1935 The Cookie Carnival Cookie Girl - uncredited
1935 On Ice Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1936 Mickey's Rival Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1936 Toby Tortoise Returns Girl Bunny - uncredited
1937 Hawaiian Holiday Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1938 Boat Builders Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1938 Brave Little Tailor Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1938 Merbabies Merbabies
1939 Mickey's Surprise Party Minnie Mouse - uncredited
1941 Orphan's Benefit Orphans
2013 Get a Horse! Minnie mouse (archive sound)

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