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Where Are They Now? The Mousketeers Part 2

Mousketeer Roll Call: Karen Pendleton

While some of watched The Mickey Mouse Club and focused on Annette, many of us who were a little younger paid attention to the youngest Mousketeers, Karen & Cubbie. Cubbie O’Brien grew up to become an accomplished professional drummer, but whatever happened to Karen Pendleton?

Hers is a bittersweet story. Karen did not continue in show business after the Mouse Club show wound down. Instead, she finished school, married lawyer Mike DeLaurer in 1970 and had a daughter in 1973.

Then, her life took a downward turn. First, she was in a bad car accident in 1983 that left her paralyzed from the waist down. For a woman who had a passion for dancing, it was a devastating turn of events. That was followed by a divorce in 1985.

Instead of retreating from life, Karen made a decision to push forward. She went back to college, completed her Bachelor's degree in psychology and then went on to earn her Master’s degree, one of only two Mousketeers to earn a postgraduate degree.

She went into counseling for women, working at women’s shelters and holding classes on single parenting.

Karen has also appeared in many of the frequent Mousketeer reunion events sponsored by Disney and in 2014 she was given a Disney Legend award.

 

Something You Never Knew About "Some Like It Hot"

Every film fan agrees that Tony Curtis did a marvelous job imitating Cary Grant when his character was pretending to be a millionaire in the classic film comedy Some Like It Hot.

What most don't know is that Curtis had to be dubbed when he was in drag pretending to be female saxophone player Josephine. That's right. Curtis' attempts to sound like a woman sounded pretty bad. So director Billy Wilder called in veteran Hollywood voice artist Paul Frees.

If the name is not familiar, you most assuredly have heard Frees' voice. He provided the voice for literally hundreds of cartoons characters including Boris Badenov, Ludwig Von Drake, and Inspector Fenwick as well as both John Lennon and George Harrison in those Saturday morning Beatles cartoons. To this day, you can also hear Frees as your "ghost host" in the Haunted Mansion and as several of the pirates in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" attractions at the Walt Disney theme parks.

So the next time you watch Some Like It Hot, try and imagine that it's really Boris Badenov in drag!

R.I.P. Rose Marie (1923-2017)

Few performers have had as long a career as Rose Marie had. She began performing as Baby Rose Marie at the age of 3. At the age of 5, she had her own radio show on NBC.

A multi-talented singer, dancer and comedienne, she was one of the acts that opened the famous Flamingo hotel & casino in Las Vegas.

We Baby Boomers remember her best as Sally Rodgers, the man-hungry comedy writer on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Her character was actually based on Selma Diamond who had worked with Carl Reiner (the creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show) on Sid Caesar's variety shows.

While Sally never got the guy, in real life Rose Marie was married to jazz trumpeter Bobby Guy from 1946 until he passed away in 1964.

Rose Marie's career spanned 9 decades and included multiple guest star roles on TV shows as varied as The Monkees and S.W.A.T. She was also a regular on the long-running game show The Hollywood Squares.

Her life and career were recently the subject of a documentary, Wait for Your Laugh.

Gilligan to the Rescue!

There were 7 regular cast members of that deathless TV classic Gilligan’s Island; yet during the first season, the show’s catchy theme song only mentioned 5 by name. The Professor and Mary Ann were just lumped together as “the rest.”

When the show was renewed for a second season, Russell Johnson and Dawn Wells asked that their characters’ names be included in the song. At first, the network flatly refused, claiming re-recording the song would be too expensive. Then suddenly, they changed their minds and had the song revised.

What happened?

The show’s star, Bob Denver, had gone to the network and said if the song wasn’t changed, he wanted his name removed from the opening credits. The network panicked and gave in.

The rest of the cast did not find out what Denver had done until 20 years after the show went off the air!

In the real world, where is MacArthur Park located?

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