It's served as the jumping off point for so many stars: "The Mickey Mouse Club," Disney's variety TV show that began in the 1950s and ran until 1996. For many former Mouseketeers, the show gave them a first taste of stardom. While some skyrocketed to fame and continue to find success, for others the road after the "Club" has been rocky. Check out how some of the most recognizable ex-Mouseketeers have fared.
Christina Aguilera left "The Mickey Mouse Club" to enter the world of pop music with fellow Mouseketeers Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez. The Grammy Award-winning diva shocked the world with powerful vocals from her first album, "Christina Aguilera." Aguilera broke onto the scene at around the same time as Spears, her childhood friend.
Christina Aguilera was a member of "The Mickey Mouse Club" with friend and later rival, Britney Spears.
They were reportedly inseparable best friends during their Mouseketeer days, but competition ensued once the media started comparing Aguilera and Spears from head to toe. Not only were they both grouped into the blonde bombshell, teen pop star categories, they also soon began stealing fans from one another. But Aguilera's talents helped her survive the hype. Her latest album, "Back to Basics," was released in August 2006 and is considered Aguilera's most personal album yet. Her latest songs speak of her relationship with her father and her love for her husband, Jordan Bratman. Aguilera and Bratman married in 2005 and recently welcomed a new member to their family -- a new baby born in January 2008.
Musical sensation Justin Timberlake's success may have started with "The Mickey Mouse Club," but he has certainly taken control of his own stardom. Timberlake's real stardom began as a teenager, when he joined the boy band 'N Sync. He took on the role of front-man and heartthrob, and brought an extreme amount of success to the pop act with his charming good looks, catchy dance moves and seductive voice.
Before he brought sexy back, Justin Timberlake jump started his career with "The Mickey Mouse Club."
While a part of 'N Sync, Timberlake began dating his long-time friend and fellow Mouseketeer Britney Spears. After almost four years of dating, Timberlake called it quits after hinting that Spears was unfaithful. He told GQ magazine, "I felt like she had a couple of opportunities to just sort of stick up for me, and she didn't. Which is fine. But at that time, you know, I fought back, and that's the way I fought back. I used my mind. I came up with a song." Timberlake then left his fellow band members and the life he had with 'N Sync to pursue a solo musical career.
His decision to go solo, releasing the album "Justified" in 2002, turned out to be a good one. The teenage singer, with the boyish good looks and sweet voice, has become a sexy superstar who dominates the music channels and radio stations with hit after hit. Timberlake is a multi-Grammy award winner, and his latest album, "Future/Sex, Love Sounds," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Before she was a tabloid staple, Britney Spears was a member of "The Mickey Mouse Club."