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Mouseketeer Table: Seasons and Background in Age Order

Mouseketeer Birth Date Age
Hired1
Seasons Prior
Professional
Experience2
Larry Larsen 1939-09-03 15
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Bonni Lou Kern 1941-01-02 14
  1     2     3     4  
No
Darlene Gillespie 1941-04-08 14
  1     2     3     4  
No3
Bobby Burgess 1941-05-19 13
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Don Underhill 1941-09-05 13
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Tommy Cole 1941-12-20 13
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Nancy Abbate 1942-06-19 12
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Dennis Day 1942-07-12 12
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Margene Storey 1942-07-21 13
  1     2     3     4  
No
Sharon Baird 1942-08-16 12
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Judy Harriet 1942-09-13 12
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Annette Funicello 1942-10-22 12
  1     2     3     4  
???4
Ronnie Steiner 1942-11-21 12
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
John Lee Johann 1942-12-23 12
  1     2     3     4  
No
Mary Sartori 1943-01-04 12
  1     2     3     4  
No
Doreen Tracey 1943-04-13 12
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Lonnie Burr 1943-05-31 11
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Eileen Diamond 1943-06-15 12
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Charley Laney 1943-06-18 12
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Jay-Jay Solari 1943-09-12 12
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Billie Jean Beanblossom 1944-01-01 11
  1     2     3     4  
No
Don Agrati 1944-06-08 12
  1     2     3     4  
No
Dallas Johann 1944-06-15 10
  1     2     3     4  
No
Cheryl Holdridge 1944-06-20 11
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Bonnie Lynn Fields 1944-07-18 12
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Lynn Ready 1944-12-03 12
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Mark Sutherland 1944-12-17 10
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Mary Espinosa 1945-01-16 10
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Mickey Rooney Jr 1945-07-03 9
  1     2     3     4  
No
Mike Smith 1945-08-29 9
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Paul Petersen 1945-09-23 9
  1     2     3     4  
No
Dickie Dodd 1945-10-27 9
  1     2     3     4  
No
Johnny Crawford 1946-03-26 9
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Cubby O'Brien 1946-07-14 8
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Karen Pendleton 1946-08-01 8
  1     2     3     4  
No
Linda Hughes 1946-10-22 10
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Sherry Alberoni 1946-12-04 9
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Tim Rooney 1947-01-10 8
  1     2     3     4  
Yes
Bronson Scott 1947-07-21 7
  1     2     3     4  
No

Notes
  1. The "Age Hired" is calculated based on a generalized hire date of May 15 for each of the three seasons: 1955 for first season, 1956 for the second, and 1957 for the third.

  2. "Prior Professional Experience" does not necessarily imply a paid performance, but does preclude amateur contests, even if they were televised and there was a monetary prize.

  3. According to Jerry Bowles, Darlene was a backup singer for a demo record cut by Jimmy Boyd. I'm inclined to treat this as a No.

  4. Annette worked as a paid model for several years prior to the show. Modeling isn't show business, but it requires a lot of the same skills. You make the call.



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