Lord Crimson

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Gidget the Taco Bell Chihuahua Dies

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GidgetStep aside Michael Jackson for some real talent. This is a sad week indeed, because Gidget the Chihuahua just retired to puppy heaven.

She was the star of the best Taco Bell commercials ever devised. Her bug-eyed stare and big-eared face were pure magic as she lit up the small screen from 1997 to 2000 with the catchy phrase, “Yo Quiero Taco Bell.”

Argentine actor Carlos Alazraqui dubbed the male voice. He is best known as Deputy James Garcia on Comedy Central’s “Reno 911!”

It was said that the Taco Bell ads provoked some criticism from activists who said they used Mexican stereotypes… stupid activists – you wouldn’t know talent if it came up and peed on your leg.

Gidget’s trainer, Sue Chipperton, in an interview earlier this year with the People Pets website, described the diminutive dog as a consummate professional on the set. But, she said, Gidget had been the victim of typecasting, which limited her career choices (or, rather, Chipperton’s choices on her behalf).

Gidget suffered a massive stroke late Tuesday at her trainer’s home in Santa Clarita and had to be euthanized. Gidget was 15.


Written by Lord Crimson

July 23, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Posted in Food, Life, News, Television

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