Former Mouseketeer Bonita Lynn Fields Elder dies at 68

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Mouseketeer Bonita Lynn Fields Elder, an agile dancer who showcased those skills on the 1950s children’s show ‘‘The Mickey Mouse Club’’ and later performed on Broadway, has died in Indiana. She was 68.

Her cousin, Robbin Myers, said Tuesday that Ms. Elder died Saturday at a Richmond hospital after a two-year battle with throat cancer. Ms. Elder smoked for decades, but quit ­after her diagnosis, ­Myers said.

She was 12 in 1957, when her dancing abilities helped her win a slot on the third season of ‘‘The Mickey Mouse Club.’’


Ms. Elder went by the name Lynn, but she adopted the stage name Bonnie, a shortened version of her real first name.

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After the original ‘‘Mickey Mouse Club’’ show ended, Ms. Elder continued performing at California’s Disneyland.

She landed bit parts in the movies “Kissin’ Cousins’’ with Elvis Presley and ‘‘Bye Bye Birdie’’ with Ann-Margret.

From 1981 to 1985, she took part in live Mouseketeer ­reunion shows at Disneyland.