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Darlene Gillespie
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    (April 8, 1941- )
    Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Original member of the Mickey Mouse Club (1955-58)
    Recorded country songs as Darlene Valentine in the 1970s
    During a Mouseketeer reunion, the name on her shirt was misspelled 'Darleen.'
    She and future husband Jerry Fraschilla were arrested for shoplifting from a Ventura County department store (1996).
    She served three months in prison after being convicted of aiding Fraschilla in a check-kiting scam (1999).
    She and Fraschilla were charged by the FBI with submitting $320,000 worth of fraudulent claims to a class action lawsuit settlement fund (2005).
    She was considered the best singer among the original Mouseketeers.
    She came down with pneumonia due to overwork, was bedridden for six weeks and lost the lead in a film to fellow Mouseketeer Doreen Tracey (1956).
    After leaving acting, she became a nurse.

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