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Disney actress and voice talent Estelle Harris dead at 93

Disney voice talent and actress Estelle Harris has died. She was 93.

“It is with the greatest remorse and sadness to announce that Estelle Harris has passed on this evening at 6:25 p.m.,” said her son Glen Harris. “Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humor, empathy, and love were practically unrivaled, and she will be terribly missed by all those who knew her.”

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Estelle Harris died on Saturday evening of natural causes in Palm Desert, California, just weeks before her 94th birthday. According to Deadline, her son held her as she breathed her last.

Veteran actress Estelle Harris was born Estelle Nussbaum in New York City on April 22, 1928. According to Deadline, she began pursuing a career in acting at various amateur community theaters after she became a mother. While she was raising her children, her hard work and dedication earned her incredible success both on the stage and onscreen.

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Her career included roles on successful network television sitcoms like Night Court and ER. When it comes to TV sitcoms, Estelle Harris is probably most known for her role as Estelle Costanza, the mother of George Costanza played by Jason Alexander and the wife of Frank Costanza, played by Jerry Stiller on NBC’s Seinfeld, but her experience as a Disney actress and voice talent includes even more titles.

She lent her voice to Ma in the Timon & Pumbaa episode “Mombasa-In-Law”. She also voiced Lula in Dave the Barbarian, Mrs. Turtle in Mickey Mouse Works, the old lady bear in Brother Bear, Audrey in Home on the Range, and Mama Gunda in Tarzan II. Harris also voiced Helga in The Proud Family episode “Thelma and Luis.”

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Estelle Harris also had a recurring role on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as Muriel during the show’s first season. She also played the role of Grace Gallagher in Sonny with a Chance. In the Jack and the Never Land Pirates series on Disney Junior, Harris voiced the character Peg-Leg Peg. She also lent her voice to Mrs. Turtle in House of Mouse and Mickey Mouse Works, and she played multiple voices in the Walt Disney animated television series, Aladdin.

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But as a Disney voice actress, Estelle Harris is best known for her role as Mrs. Potato Head opposite Don Rickles as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in PIXAR’s Toy Story franchise: Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 4, and three Toy Story shorts: Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry, and Partysaurus Rex.

“Her passion was her work,” said her son, Glen Harris, “and her work was her passion.”

She is survived by a total of three children, three grandsons, and one great-grandson.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!