Darlene Gillespie Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Anupama Ghosh
Feb 08, 2024 By Anupama Ghosh
Originally Published on Feb 17, 2023
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About Darlene Gillespie's

Darlene Gillespie is a former child actress, singer, and dancer known for appearing in 'The Mickey Mouse Club'. She grew up in Los Angeles with her Irish father and French-Canadian mother. Her parents were a part of the former vaudeville dance team.

Darlene Gillespie's Net Worth, Earnings, and Spending Habits

What is Darlene Gillespie's net worth?

Darlene Gillespie is a former child actress, dancer, and singer with a net worth estimated to be $2 million.

How much does Darlene Gillespie earn per year?

Darlene Gillespie has not publicly talked much about her annual earnings and spending.

Height, Age, and Physical Attributes

How tall is Darlene Gillespie?

Darlene Gillespie stands 4 ft 10 in (149 cm) tall.

How old is Darlene Gillespie?

Darlene Gillespie was born Darlene Faye Gillespie on April 8, 1941, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. As of 2022, she is 81 years old.

Childhood And Education

Darlene Gillespie, also known initially as Darlene Faye Gillespie, was born on April 8, 1941, in Montreal, Quebec, United States. She grew up with her sister Gina Gillespie in Los Angeles. She is also known as Darlene Valentine. Darlene Gillespie's father is of Irish descent, while her mother is French-Canadian. Her parents were part of a former vaudeville dance team. She was two years old when her family moved to Los Angeles, where she was granted US citizenship at the age of fifteen years in September 1956. At age 10, she started taking dance lessons with Burch Mann, the founder of the American Folk Ballet Company, and singing lessons with Glen Raikes. Darlene Gillespie began her acting career in 1955 at fourteen when she made her first television appearance in 'The Mickey Mouse Club.' No details about her education are available, like her school/college/university's name and the subjects she majored in.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Darlene Gillespie's partner?

Darlene Gillespie married Jerry Fraschilla in 1999; later, he died in 2008. Apart from that, there are no records of her past and present relationships.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Darlene Gillespie was born in Montreal, Quebec, US. At age ten, she started taking singing lessons with Glen Raikes and dance lessons with Burch Mann, the founder of the American Folk Ballet Company. In March 1955, Gillespie auditioned for 'The Mickey Mouse Club,' and got hired. She appeared in the series for all three seasons of its original run. Gillespie was the leading female singer and starred in the first season of the serial 'Corky and White Shadow'. In the third season, she appeared in the Tv serial 'The New Adventures of Spin and Marty,' with David Stollery and Tim Considine. Her sister Gina Gillespie was also a child actress in television and films who later became a lawyer. After 'The Mickey Mouse Club' stopped filming in 1958, Gillespie's short acting career neared its end. Darlene's last television appearance was as Beth Brian in 1962 in the episode 'The Star' of the NBC TV family drama series 'National Velvet.'

Darlene Gillespie made many recordings under multiple Disney labels, including the album 'Darlene of the Teens' (1957). She recorded various albums for Disney animated films in which she sang and narrated whole stories, such as Alice in Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty. In 1975, to restore her singing career, she formed her own record company, Alva Records, and released a 45 rpm record of famous country songs under the name Darlene Valentine.

Other Interesting Darlene Gillespie Facts And Trivia

  • According to her horoscope, Darlene Gillespie is an Aries by birth.

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Written by Anupama Ghosh

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Archaeology and Ancient History, Master of Arts specializing in Archaeology and Ancient History

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Anupama GhoshBachelor of Arts specializing in Archaeology and Ancient History, Master of Arts specializing in Archaeology and Ancient History

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Archaeology and Ancient History and a Master's degree in the same field from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Anupama is a content coordinator with a diverse professional background in sales, academic research, content writing, advertising, and market research. She has strong communication, problem-solving, and analytical skills that she has honed through her various roles. She worked as a research associate, customer care executive, and data intel associate before joining Kidadl. In her free time, Anupama enjoys reading books, watching Marvel movies, and listening to Jagjit Singh's songs.

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