One-time popular American variety show, the Mickey Mouse Club, was a favourite among the kids of the 80’s and 90’s - especially directed towards the “tween” and teen demographic. The show became known for discovering young talent, and many Mouse club alumni have become household names in the 21st century. The original Mickey Mouse Club debuted in 1955 as a way to fund construction for the new Disneyland theme park. The series ended in 1959, but picked back up in the late 80’s and into the 90’s. The revamped, more contemporary show was referred to as The All-New Mickey Mouse Club. The stars of the show would break into song and dance, and participate in sketch comedy. Most of the skits played off of popular movies, musicals, and often attempted to earnestly educate teens on how to handle real-life situations, in that after-school-special way.
Some of the biggest mega stars in TV, music and film today got their start as a young “mouseketeer” on the show - the following are currently the 10 richest of these one-time child stars in the entertainment industry today.
10 10: Nikki Deloach - $1 Million
9 9: Lisa Whelchel - $3 Million
8 8: Rhona Bennett - $4 Million
7 7: Keri Russell - $8 Million
6 6: Annette Funicello - $15 Million
Annette Funicello, best known for her roles in the popular 60’s “beach party” movies with Frankie Avalon, may just be the most notable of all mouseketeer alumni. She began her career as a child performer and got her big break at the age of 12. Funicello was spotted by Walt Disney himself when he saw her perform in a local theatre production of Swan Lake. Once the show aired and gained popularity, Funicello became one of the most popular “mouseketeers” on the original Mickey Mouse Club, and she stayed on with the show until it ended in 1959.
5 5: JC Chasez - $30 Million
4 4: Ryan Gosling - $50 Million
3 3: Christina Aguilera - $100 Million
2 2: Justin Timberlake - $150 Million
1 1: Britney Spears - $220 Million
This mega star is probably the most well-known of all the “mouseketeers”. At age 8, Spears auditioned for The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, but was turned down due to her age. She tried out again at age 11 and made it. She was on the show from 1993-1995, and soon after hit the music scene. Spears is now one of the most famous artists and entertainers in the world. She was named Billboard's “sexiest woman in music”, and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time with an estimated net worth of $220 million.
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