ORIGINAL MICKEY MOUSE CLUB
*ANNETTE Funicello: has often been accused of being talentless + of being the recipient of Walt Disney's favoritism on the show. The release of the first wk DVD in 2004 clearly shows that her dancing was very good + her singing perfectly adequate for what was required. She also had a good speaking voice, + made a fine narrator for newsreel specials. From the show's start, Annette received more fan mail than nay other Mouseketeer.
Darlene Faye Gillespie was born in Montreal, Canada. Her parents were Herbert Laurence Gillespie and Rean Tibeau, a former dance team under the name Aldare & Tibeau, who were originally from Saskatchewan. In October 1942 they took Darlene and her older sister Patricia to Los Angeles. There Larry found work at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, while Rean made a movie at Republic in 1945.