Whether you've watched these blossoming artists when they first appeared on TV or only caught them in reruns later on, the first cast of the Mickey Mouse Club is truly iconic. Making their on-screen debt in 1955, the star-studded lineup featured notable names like Annette Funicello, Sharon Baird, Lonnie Burr, Dorren Tracey, and Bobby Burgess. It's been 21 years since the show had its final curtain call, and the original cast has changed quite a bit since then!
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Annette Funicello, perhaps the most popular mouseketeer of the 1950s cast, continued to star in other memorable roles. In 1993, the starlet took to more philanthropic ventures after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis--a disease that ultimately took her life. We sure do miss the charismatic actress!
Fellow budding personality Bobby Burgess may have given up his mouse ears a long time ago, but he's still retained his love of dance. A regular on the Lawrence Welk show, the 75-year-old smooth mover now runs a dancing school with his family.
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While we are nostalgic for those beaming smiles and charming tap dance routines, these Mickey Mouse Club photos will have to suffice. Check out more then-and-now images of the entire Mickey Mouse Club cast below. You’ll hardly believe these amazing celebrity transformations.
The original Mickey Mouse Club aired from 1955 to 1959 and starred an array of talented youngsters, many of whom still perform and reunite today.