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Karen Pendleton (1946–2019), original Disney Mouseketeer

by Kirk Fox

Karen Pendleton was one of the original Disney Mouseketeers who appeared on the “Mickey Mouse Club” children’s television series for all four seasons, from 1955 until 1959. She was one of the youngest performers in the cast and was known for singing the show’s closing song with fellow Mouseketeer Cubby O’Brien. She left show business after the series ended. Paralyzed from the waist down in an auto accident in 1983, she became an advocate for people with disabilities. Pendleton appeared on “Mickey Mouse Club” reunion shows and at fan conventions.

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Died: Sunday, October 6, 2019 (Who else died on October 6?)


Details of death: Died from a heart attack at the age of 73.

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What they said about her: “My mom loved her Mouseketeer family. Getting together with [her co-stars] was always a high point. It gave her the opportunity to relive great memories and to meet so many Mickey Mouse Club fans that watched the show as kids and loved her. Many told her that they named their daughters Karen in her honor.” —Her daughter Staci said in a statement

Full obituary: Hollywood Reporter 

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