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2014 Nancy Abbate
Mousketeer Nancy Abbate appeared on the first season of The Mickey Mouse Club.
Her performing career began even before she donned the mouse ears. Her first film was the musical Love Is Better Than Ever, followed by the Betty Grable musical The Farmer Takes a Wife and the Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis comedy Artists and Models. She also appeared on television in such shows as The Ray Bolger Show, The Stu Erwin Show, The Jack Benny Show, and The Donald O'Connor Show.
As a Mouseketeer, Nancy was a Red Team member, featured in the roll call every day and in most of the early musical numbers. Her most prominent solo was as the drum majorette for the Circus Day opening. She appeared in Old Betsy, Animals and Clowns, Pussy Cat Polka, and Sho-Jo-Ji prior to the Red Team being formed. Along with Annette, Doreen and Darlene, she was featured in Cooking with Minnie Mouse, a long ballet-swing piece with Bobby Burgess that ranks as one of the best first season numbers. Like the other performers, Nancy took her turn wearing animal costumes. She rode a "pony" for Talent Round-up Day, and during the opening for Anything Can Happen Day rode two different "elephants" and a donkey costume for roll call. Anything Can Happen Day was also the venue for one of Nancy's best dance numbers, a fast 1920's flapper piece with Sharon for Variations on a Very Familiar Theme.
Nancy decided to leave the show after the first season. She was not active in show business for many years, but later she spent 25 years running a successful dance studio in Southern California.
Nancy still makes appearances with her fellow Mouseketeers at Disney events.