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Former Mouseketeer, Bonnie Lynn Fields, Dies At 68


Bonita (Bonnie) Lynn Fields Elder, a former Mouseketeer, died this week at the age of 68.

The LA Times reports that Fields passed away from throat cancer at a Richmond hospital in Indiana. She has no immediate survivors.

Fields won a coveted spot in The Mickey Mouse Club a the age of 12 in 1957. Fields started as one of the background dancers but eventually became a standout because of her agile dancing.

Lonnie Burr, one of the lead Mouseketeer’s during the early years of the show, said:

“Bonnie had a ballet line through everything she did. She was a lithe ballerina type. And she was light.”

Lorraine Santoli, a former Disney publicist, added:

“She was a very sweet, good person. Dancing was her life.”

After her stint as a Mousketeer, Fields went on to do live shows at Disneyland. She also appeared in the TV serial The New Adventures of Spin and Marty and Broadway productions like Kelly,Half a Sixpence and Bye Bye Birdie.

She returned to the Mickey Mouse Club in the 1980s for a series of reunion shows and took part in the televised 25th reunion show.

Here’s a tribute video to one of the first Mousketeers, Bonita Lynn Fields.

The Mickey Mouse Club began in the 1950s and has been revived several times over the years. Modern musicians like Christina Aguilera, Brittany Spears, JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake all got their start as Mouseketeers.

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8 Responses to “Former Mouseketeer, Bonnie Lynn Fields, Dies At 68”

  1. Doreen Henricks

    Dancing may have been "her life", but what a beautiful voice she had, too. So sad she didn't have any immediate family.

  2. Carol Louise Griffiths-davis

    I grew up with the mouseketeer and alot of them are gone now but there are some still living. Long live the mouseketeers and the mickey mouse club.

  3. Tommy Arthur

    This story touches me, BUT my response is not totally revelant. I rode through our well established cemetery and saw a fresh grave site with the tent, but not a single flower or a headstone. Worse, the burial company didn't even cover the site with the grass they typically dig up and replace under the flower spray. Since there were NO flowers this unknown person lay under a layer of black mud. How sad.

  4. Anonymous

    Wow! No immediate family. In a way, the mouseketeers were her brothers and sisters.

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