News just came in that Annette has passed on after struggling with MS for almost 30 years...poor thing...
Annette Funicello, who gained fame as a Mouseketeer on TV's "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s, died today at 70.
Her status as a pop-culture icon was further cemented in the '60s as she teamed with Frankie Avalon in a popular series of "beach" movies. Here is a clip from "Beach Blanket Bingo"
Funicello, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and became a spokeswoman for treatment of the disease. She died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, the Walt Disney Co. announced.
June 25, 2013
Annette's Memorial at the Disney Studio lot was...well...memorable. So many friends, so many soothing words and memories. Kudos go out to the entire Disney family, from Bob Iger (Disney CEO) to Leonard Maltin (Host), and every member of the Staff that created this heart-warming afternoon. Stage One on the Disney lot is now the Annette Funicello Stage, an honor not lightly given in Hollywood. Sister Shelley was there, and the Mice, of course...and for me the essence of the day was captured by David Stollery who, in just two words, captured the soul of the woman we were all there to remember.
"Effortlessly genuine." That was and is Annette.